Tue 19 Sep 2017 10:35AM

ECA Madrid: EMBODIED COMMONS workgroup - Health, Food, Land, Recreation

NL Nicole Leonard Public Seen by 148

This group is setup to start coordination towards the

MADRID ECA coinciding with the TransEuropa Festival from 25th-29th October 2017

with a focus on the Embodied Commons workshop:

(2017/09/20 version but might change as we advance plans)

"This workshop takes a holistic view of health creation to include also food production and distribution as well as sport and leisure activities. It will address the different determinants of our physical and mental condition, based on social justice, solidarity economy, and respect to biophysical limits of ecosystems. The commons approach underlines the importance of self-organised, locally rooted, inclusive and resilient community networks and civic spaces in order to re-think the practices and the development of public policy-making in this domain.
Participants have experience and are interested in the interrelationship at all points of the journey from “Land to Fork”, including access to land, nutrition, food sovereignty, cultivation, etc.; new forms of distribution, including for recycling; access to medical knowledge and patient-guided health policies and services; democratization of healthcare and self-organization of citizen efforts to reduce bureaucratic hurdles; and reclaiming the field for grassroots sports while challenging norms to inspire new models of recreation."
From: http://EuropeanCommonsAssembly.eu/overview-of-thematic-working-groups/


Poll Created Thu 21 Sep 2017 9:38AM

OK to work here on Embodied Commons? Closed Sun 24 Sep 2017 11:36AM

by Z. Blace Sun 24 Sep 2017 9:54PM

OK - the results are in :-)
Looks like 9 people Agree, 3 Abstain...
Think that is good number as we also hope that this working group has much more then minimum quota (likely to be something like at least 5 people from 3 or more different organizations of at least 2 countries)...
I <3 LOVE Love love - that we do not fully agree, but that 3 other people did not Block or strongly Oppose using Loomio!

please confirm here you are OK with using this loomio sub-group/discussion thread as primary environment for coordinating this working group on Embodied Commons!


Results Option % of points Voters
Agree 75.0% 9 ZB AH C GA G IL E LA TK
Abstain 25.0% 3 DC BL JE
Disagree 0.0% 0  
Block 0.0% 0  

12 of 204 people have voted (5%)


Z. Blace
Thu 21 Sep 2017 9:40AM

I am all up for it as it also has email interface next to this web service of loomio, but for collaborative writing and live chats we will use other services also


Anna Harris Thu 21 Sep 2017 2:47PM

I wasn't at the workshop but am interested to join a group on this topic.


Z. Blace Thu 21 Sep 2017 2:58PM

Anna LOOMIO is bit confusing interface...so it is not obvious that this workshop/workgroup is only to form now for occasion of MADRID ECA Oct25-29 ;-)


Anna Harris Thu 21 Sep 2017 3:01PM

Thank you Zeljko for the clarification.


Timothy Flitcroft Sun 24 Sep 2017 1:24PM

I would like to see Land in the title of this Commons. Access to land is a fundamental aspect of the commons and it is stated in the description as being causally connected to nutrition & hence to health. I see land health and food & water as all depending on each other. Sport and leisure altho aspects of well being do not have the same causal relationship.in fact I think Culture is more related as food eating habits are often more cultural than health based.


Z. Blace Sun 24 Sep 2017 9:59PM

hm... @timothyflitcroft I would not strongly object if you would formulate it in a way that it does not open a gap for then further including fresh air, water, sun light, biosphere...until I see this I would prefer we do not continue expanding as we already might have issues finding enough common grounds to act on each of these together.


Timothy Flitcroft Sun 24 Sep 2017 10:48PM

Hi Zeljko

Thankyou for your prompt reply.

Therein lies the rub in your question. How do we frame up what commons are put together in one group. I would prefer to see it on the basis of commons that do actually depend on each other for their continuance whatever those were, rather than an arbitrary concept like embodied which although it might work as a category does not work as an actual framework of related commons.

I would have preferred to see a frame more like sustenance.From my point of view all resources that contribute towards sustenance like water and sun, fresh air, biosphere are intimately linked in a way that sport and leisure are not in the sense as they are not necessary for survival.

From another point of view I think all resources are interrelated but to have meaningful discussions you have to start focus somewhere.

So my question to you would be what is the rationale for combining the commons of health, food, sport and leisure? Why is culture not included for instance? Why is land not part of the title - including land access - when it clearly is in the description of what the group does. I have to say as the grouping stands I see little common grounds between the say sport and food.

In Commons Rising in the UK when faced with similar problems of how to frame up a conference we simply left it as Land, Food and Health for simplicity as a starting point. We did consider including environment/Pollution and exercise and meditation etc as additional possibilities but did not centre it around those. In fact someone did give a useful talk on herbalism which was not in the title but fitted in with it.
So in the same spirit I would like to see Land in the title and if someone did want to talk about water or sunlight I would not be upset.

I am sorry i was not able to be part of the point people telephone conversation - f I had i would certainly have brought these points up there.I think the problem is I have not had it explained to me the rationale for an embodied commons as a useful framework. It may be there is another point group in which the land commons is a part. It may also be it is a much bigger issue in the UK where 70% of land is 0.6% of the population where the effects of land ownership can clearly be seen to contribute to the high price of land and low price /low quality of food we have in the UK and the consequent historical problem of poor diet and health.

Perhaps we should open this discussion to others as they may have useful insights and contributions

Best Wishes



Myriam Bouré Mon 25 Sep 2017 8:32AM

Hi there ! I didn't yet got involved in the ECA but I'm working on Open Food Network, a global common for food distribution, enabling and supporting the emergence of a diversity of local food hubs driven by producers and/or eaters. I just thought it might be the time for me to connect and see if that makes sense for us to be part of that conversation, as we are working on commons digital infrastructure and common knowledge for food sovereignty... I also started this project on shared food data to build mutualized logistics solution for local food systems : http://datafoodconsortium.org, let me know if that's useful for me to join the ECA dynamic ;-) Cheers !


Kitty de Bruin Wed 27 Sep 2017 5:10AM

brillant concept Myriam i'm doing the website for transition france and i would like to make a link to the website of datafoodconsortium ( i know some people of the ruche qui dit oui) and did a workshop for the FAT2017


Myriam Bouré Wed 27 Sep 2017 5:46PM

Awesome @kittydebruin feel free to add both Open Food France and Data Food Consortium links, both are meaningful Commons for local/transparent/efficient/decentralized food systems ;-)


Anna Harris Mon 25 Sep 2017 9:10AM

Hello Tim,

I was struck by that statistic you quoted, 70% of land is (presumably) owned by 0.6% of population. Can you give a source for that?

Thanks, Anna


Timothy Flitcroft Tue 26 Sep 2017 3:21PM

Hi Anna
I am glad the statistic caught your eye. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/britains-land-is-still-owned-by-an-aristocratic-elite-but-it-doesnt-have-to-be-this-way-5385094.html
Kevin Cahill has done a lot of original research and campaigning work in this area and gives an acute analysis of the landownership and therefore land access problems in the UK

Best Wishes


Simon Grant Wed 27 Sep 2017 3:01PM

A friend of mine recently started work as a manager with the National Trust, in England, which is a major landowner. Apparently they are a very good employer generally! It is one way in which land passes out of the hands of just an elite, much of it into public use, if not exactly public ownership.


Myriam Bouré Wed 27 Sep 2017 6:03PM

Sorry for my newbee question, but how can I register ? I see a list of participants but it's an excel spreadsheet, who should I contact to register to that Workshop ? Are the registrations managed through the Transeuropa festival website or are they different ? Thanks for your guidance ;-)


Myriam Bouré Wed 27 Sep 2017 7:52PM

Thanks a lot @timothyflitcroft that helps a lot :-) Hope to meeting you there then ! Cheers


Kitty de Bruin Thu 28 Sep 2017 11:11AM

thanks @MyriamBouré, making connections that's the name of the game!

kind regards


www.transitionfrance.fr ( http://www.transitionfrance.fr )


Nicole Leonard Mon 2 Oct 2017 9:49PM

Hi all! I wanted to simply give the full form responses of the people so far inscribed in this group, I've compiled all the data we have and highlighted some columns I think are particularly interesting, worth having a look: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18R_lia1yxzOqIgCizKuK--zKtR0fdVeWz9Zwrk7u3Zg/edit?usp=sharing

I suggest that formulation of this group be based off the answers people provide here, particularly - what they have experience and interest in and what they want to discuss.


Oliver Kalleinen Wed 4 Oct 2017 8:26PM

Hi Nicole, do you have the same info for the other work groups; especially I am interested in the responses to the Participatory Tools work group. You could post it int the top of the thread "Participatory Tools for Democracy: Meet the working group" Thanks.


Timothy Flitcroft Mon 9 Oct 2017 12:25PM

A Misunderstanding! As Zeljko pointed out when asking if everyone was happy to work on this Loomio space it seems from the response people were thinking they wanted to work on the Embodied Commons more generally rather than to use this Loomio thread for working on the Embodied Commons Workshop in the Madrid ECA. I notice that none of the participants in the Embodied Commons workshop in the Madrid ECA actually contributed to Zeljko's call to use Loomio. So I will shortly send an email to all the particpants to alert them to the fact we are using this thread to discuss what we want to do in Madrid. If anyone else wants to participate in the embodied Workshop at the Madrid ECA Workshop you can contact me here or Nicole Leonard at nicole.leonard@sciencespo.fr
Many Thanks Tim
('point person' for Embodied Commons workshop)


Timothy Flitcroft Mon 9 Oct 2017 12:42PM

P.S. If people want to work on the Embodied Commons more generally can someone please start a separate thread making that clear. There is a thread for additional events at Madrid https://www.loomio.org/d/BvXZIf1Q/events-in-and-around-the-eca-madrid


Oliver Kalleinen Mon 9 Oct 2017 12:50PM

Perhaps it would be good to create a loomio sub-group for each of the work-groups. That would be also useful to open the discussions of the work-groups in Madrid for remote participants and also for follow up discussions post-Madrid...


Z. Blace Mon 9 Oct 2017 5:28PM

I fully agree but I think that ECA is not using paid version of Loomio and not sure if subgroups can not be created now and with which limitations... @nicoleleonard please correct me if I am wrong and maybe consider to propose for ECA governing costs to include budgeting this for Loomio in future - OK?


Timothy Flitcroft Mon 9 Oct 2017 1:56PM

I think remote particpation for the Madrid ECA is being discussed elsewhere but I think it is an excellent idea to have it - I am not sure about if it should be in Loomio though or something more suited. I think follow up discussion post Madrid could happen here. I think we need to create a distinction between Loomio threads in order to come to a decision about something including voting and a Loomio thread that serves other functions such as introductions or discussions. (or if indeed they might be better elsewhere)


Z. Blace Mon 9 Oct 2017 6:05PM

Dear Tim, Nicole, Madrid ECA-registered-workshop participants and any others who might come to this thread (this way or another) - I think it is obvious that without people committing time to pre-event participation, then also some focus on how Loomio functions (or not) and finally and most importantly how on-line work communication functions (be it email etiquette or forum posting in setups like loomio) not much will be done. We are 3 weeks away from event and it is last moment to self-organize online work model.

Loomio is far from perfect tool for general web discussions as it is built for casting votes and very very specific discussion on arguments around given voting options...now we are faaaar from such use. Actually the only reason why Loomio is/could be considered for this more generic discussion used is because one of its interfaces (alternative to web) is email - so it might look like a mailing-list-server, but in reality it is not quite the mailing-list-server setup you would want to have :-/ So by not having clear methods of operations and communication this feels like everyone is either inclined to remain passive observer or is randomly doing off-topic posts and/or private one-to-one communication.

My proposal for sorting this chicken-and-egg situation with Loomio is to have an urgent meeting in next 2 days (including maybe purchasing paid Loomio subscription - needed for subgroups creation) and then decide on if and how Loomio will be used towards Madrid event and try to inform all participants on clear protocol.

Best Zeljko


Oliver Kalleinen Mon 9 Oct 2017 8:20PM

Thanks Zeljko for the clear words. Just read an interesting document, the Guidance Notes to the Co-operative Principles: https://ica.coop/sites/default/files/publication-files/ica-guidance-notes-en-310629900.pdf
Here is a quote that I found relevant for ECA (page 16 in the document):
"... one of the biggest challenges facing co-operatives in implementing the Principle of Democratic Member Control is creating a culture that welcomes and encourages debate, rather than stifles it. Lively challenging debate should be seen as a sign of a healthy democracy that needs to be reflected in the more formal parts of a co-operative’s democratic structure...." The current model is - as you observed - rather passive and random. I tried to activate the Participatory Tools for Democracy work-group, I even wrote emails to the people that signed up for this work-group, but to not much effect. I guess it would be important that the "point" people step up the effort and facilitate the discussion. I also think the discussion of which platform is best can be eternal; so for the moment I would stick with the previous decision on Loomio and make it work as good as possible.

When you say "...to have an urgent meeting in next 2 days" - who should join and where should it take place? Here in loomio? Or...?


Z. Blace Mon 9 Oct 2017 8:24PM

Hi Zeljko and others

I agree with you Loomio is at the moment being used for more purposes than it was designed for which was primarily for voting /decision making purposes. What did not help as well, was confusing this sub-thread on the Embodied Commons as a specific Madrid ECA workshop which is what it was set up to be by Nicole and a general topic about the Embodied Commons which is what happened when the poll was set up.

I do not think we have time now to rejig our online communications - Loomio can also function as a way to have conversations between everyone in the group and as a way for people to discuss things.

I am sending out now an introduction by email so people can communicate via Loomio. Lets see how it works for now.




Myriam Bouré Wed 11 Oct 2017 11:35AM

I'll be present at the ECA workshops :-) Just a question about facilitation, it is not clear to me what are the aims of those workshops : is it to map and see the connexions of the various commons working on this field ? How they "make ecosystem together" ? And see what synergies can be found, in terms of political influence (local / european, what political vision do we defend all together?) or fundings (can we pretend to bigger and ambitious fundings all together ?) or mutualizing ressources if we see overlaps in what we do ? Will there be a facilitator for the workshops ? Which facilitation method has been thought about ? I don't have so much time for the preparation phase, but I think if we want to be efficient while working together we need to prepare that carefully ;-)


Myriam Bouré Wed 11 Oct 2017 11:36AM

For me there are three main questions :
- what do we expect from those workshops ? Deliverable ?
- who is the facilitator ?
- what is the facilitation design ?
That's the main things we should work on IMHO before we meet in real life :-)


Oliver Kalleinen Wed 11 Oct 2017 12:16PM

@malashierbas wrote in the thread for the "Participatory Tools for Democracy" work group following: ".... According to this different experiences, for the ECA in Madrid we are developing a methodology that, alas, relies very much on the actual participation of people in the workshop, and that we hope would be dynamic - not based only presentations - and would allow cross-pollinization - mixing theme discussion with group discussions. I am afraid that, in this frame, it is not possible - technological or methodologically - to think of remote participation."
From this it seems that Ana would be the right person to give some answers to your questions.


Timothy Flitcroft Wed 11 Oct 2017 3:23PM

Hi Oliver just to note Miryam is coming to Madrid to particpate directly so her questions which are put here to the Embodied Commmons workgroup are in the correct place not to Ana. She has only just joined the workgroup so is not on lists you may have seen,
Remote participation in the Madrid ECA is not our first consideration on this thread although the point people are feeding back what happens in the workgroups to the core organizers as a basis to involve others not present in Madrid.
Did you manage to get in contact with Thomas de Groot yet? Tim


Oliver Kalleinen Wed 11 Oct 2017 4:06PM

Hi Timothy, Ana responded to an inquiry on facilitation and remote participation in our work-group, but from her answer it seemed apparent, that she knows who will be the facilitators and how the facilitation process will look like. So I guess she would be the best person to respond to 2 of Miryams questions. I did not imply that Miryams question are misplaced here, just tried to help finding answers. I did not reach Thomas yet unfortunately. best. oliver


Timothy Flitcroft Wed 11 Oct 2017 1:02PM

Hi Myiam Thanks for your input - great questions. My role is a 'point person' which is simply to introduce all the members of the group to each other, check out language issues and most importantly really summarise what we do to the core organizing team. I am not the co-ordinator as such (though I have begun to do a few things in lieu of anyone else)
I have been told we will have a professional facilitator and that we can discuss with them what facilitation methods we would like to use. I will enquire who that person is asap. So we can set that to one side at this moment.
The other question is more important "what do we expect from those workshops ? Deliverable ?"
I think an important element will be to inform each other of what we are doing especially as the Embodied Commons covers such a wide range of Commons - Food Health Land Recreation. How many people are aware of OFN or the Data Food Consortium ? How many people are aware of social prescribing practices? How many people know about new technologies such as vertical farming - some of these technologies would affect how we organise as commons. I would suggest people propose topics they want to hear about or simply propose to deliver.
Maybe an approach would be to devote part of the morning session to topics people want to hear about with discussion if how that relates to what people are doing and visualising . In the afternoon to how to implement commoning practice with the gathered knowledge in terms of mapping, connecting commons and mutualizing resources, making funding proposals and establishing a political vision by which we influence policy thinking and making.


Amanda Jansen Sat 21 Oct 2017 10:32AM

On the request of @timothyflitcroft my introduction.

I am a freelancer and connector for OuiShare and involved in the commons as well as digital / innovative developments for the last 6 years now. Next to this I am director of Rainforest Capitals LLP aiming to build food forests / vertical farms enhancing ecosystems for human dignity.
Further I am a Facebook addict ;-) and much into arts, communication in the broadest form and building steadfast long term networks around shared interests and aims.

I am curious where non exploitative social enterprises can come into the commons paradigm enabling ecosystems bottom up with a capital impulse. If remunicipalization takes place, the space to intervene might be more or might be less. One thing is for sure: the roles and collaborations are changing. Small scale bottom up initiatives are beautiful, but they are embedded in a wider landscape of facilities either hosted by gov (funded by the market / economical motors at hand) or by (social) enterprises that are not only extractive all together. I think it's time to step in and look at both: enhancing the bottom up structures and democratizing as well as new centralization schemes taking place over collaboration in the first place (verticals based on digital platforms / democratizing the voices of citizens) and new economical motors or ways to enhance the entire ecosystem wherein bottom up initiatives and commoning can take place.


Timothy Flitcroft Sat 21 Oct 2017 1:02PM

Name/city: ... Tim Flitcroft / London Language(s) English

Job/passion: ... Music (teacher & performer) Commoner in groups such as Commons Rising and Claremont Project

Main expectations/aims of participating in Madrid ECA: ... To learn how other commons are doing things. To learn how to effectively relate commoning projects to municipalities.and other existing political groups.

Main focus for joining the Embodied Commons workshop: ... to create new understandings of how commons in Health Food Land and Recreation can support each other and create joint goals. Look at some examples like soup discos, culture of food, social prescribing, land use in urban areas for recreation and food production, guerilla gardening etc, To learn about new technologies that might alter our potential such as vertical farming.


Amanda Jansen Sat 21 Oct 2017 6:35PM

Question: have agreements been reached about the facilitation and the questions of @myriamboure ?


Timothy Flitcroft Sun 22 Oct 2017 1:47AM

Re MyriamBoure's questions. The programme has been sent out and the facilitation and its design is set out there. However it is true the detail of how we precisely organise the workgroup session on Thurs from 12-4.30pm is not - other than we will have a facilitator. To a certain extent the content is already there. It would be easier to make decisions if we had more input from participants either on Loomio or email as to what their expectations and aims are at ECA. Then we could move on to the question of whether they are deliverable. It would be good to have some discussions prior to meeting up in Madrid otherwise we will lose a lot of valuable time there,


Amanda Jansen Sat 21 Oct 2017 6:47PM

What is embodied commons?


Amanda Jansen Sat 21 Oct 2017 7:44PM

Okay @zblace this I got from your page on Facebook:

"...Embodying the Commons… At the European Commons Assembly in Madrid, ccSPORT will present this research and ongoing development efforts, as a part of the ‘embodying the commons’ workgroup, proposing solidarity for diverse trans-local commons initiatives in coordination with existing grass-root sport initiatives that focus on progressive, inclusive, diverse and self-organizing policies. Parallel, we also work on accessing sport unions and other sectors, like municipalities, governmental and pan-european bodies - that work towards hybrid and/or communal ownership of sport organizations and infrastructures, transitioning the elite sport away from a dominance of increasing privatization, industrialization and nationalism."


Timothy Flitcroft Sun 22 Oct 2017 2:08AM

Re the 'Embodied Commons' I do not know who gave this workgroup that title and I am not sure it is worth thinking about at this stage. Actually the full title is "Embodied productions of commoning Food Health and Leisure" The reality is the participants in this workgroup are mainly involved in hard core issues around Food and Health and they are the themes they want to be involved in. The ccSport contribution as expressed on the Facebook page can only be a small part in my view unless they can link their concerns in with those of people working in food and health and that the food/health people feel the issues of ccSport are of concern to them. It might be that the issues ccSport are interested in belong more to the Right to the City workgroup. But the main focus of the EC workgroup in my view will be on Food and Health by virtue of the partcipants's own experience and chosen focus.


Amanda Jansen Sun 22 Oct 2017 7:23AM

Thanks @timothyflitcroft. As I can see now we have several mechanisms that are fascinating and progressing the commons:
1. Local mechanisms
2. Wider ecosystem and providing means and infrastructure for the commons
3. Embodied production

Perhaps I forget something..
Nice to map what we want to address and see the relation between the elements we mention.

How many hours we have? I don't get clarity from the program in relation to the working groups.


Lizete Alves Sun 22 Oct 2017 8:40AM

Name/city: ... Lizete Alves / Porto Language(s) Portuguese/english

Job/passion: ... Food engineer, food safety trainer, working in bakery industry and industrial association coordinator.

Main expectations/aims of participating in Madrid ECA: ... To learn more about the commons methodology and how it integrates with the governance instituted at this time, and possibilities regarding transitions.

Main focus for joining the Embodied Commons workshop: ... to understand the role that industry, namely food industry, can play on the transition, how food professionals can actually participate, with the goal of assuring a reducion of waste and contributing to a more just distribution of food.


Timothy Flitcroft Sun 22 Oct 2017 1:21PM

Thanks Amanda . Re hours it seems on Thurs 10-11.00 there is a meeting of all the workgroups to get an overview of the Urban Commons and its relation to public bodies and their legislation and norms. The groups then work separately in parallel 12-14.00 and 15.00 - 16.30. On Fri 10-12.00 the idea is to develop common actions both in workgroups and across them. This carries on from 12.30-13.00 and then in Open Space format 13.00-14.00. That is the programme as I understand it as it affects workgroups


Timothy Flitcroft Sun 22 Oct 2017 1:56PM

Amanda thanks for what we should be focussed on
Local mechanisms

This is something we need to map out at the first session so people are aware of what is happening. Perhaps here we could include new possibilities from technological developments and social experimentation.

Wider ecosystem and providing means and infrastructure for the commons

I think here we should include the commons in relation to municipalities and local government and to existing food and health providers

Embodied production

Here I am in some difficulty as all commons are embodied ultimately. It reflects a similar division in thinking between knowledge commons and physical commons like geographical resources, when in reality you have to have knowledge to steward a physical resource and an online community still relies on physical resources and its own members. Such divisions are only useful when introducing people to the concept of the commons for orientation. All I can reflect on here is that this workgroup is focussed on achieving goals related to physical things like food, health , land access etc which distinguishes it from groups focussed on less tangible things like data commons, law and currencies etc but the means for the Food Health Land & Recreation Commons to realise its goals will involve challenging regulations and laws and customary procedures and will use online tools - and local currencies can stimulate local food consumption patterns etc. What links Food Health Land & Recreation is that they are all intimately related areas where what goes on in one area can affect what goes on in the other (although they are not always seen as having that relation especially land to health) Perhaps this interconnectedness of Food Health Land and Recreation is what "Embodied Production of Commoning" the original title of the theme is getting at. Put like this it perhaps seems to be stating the obvious but it is needed when confronted with a new phrase like "Embodied Commons" other wise it might be taken as a fancy term for a commons around the use of the body in sports and leisure activities


Z. Blace Sun 22 Oct 2017 9:38PM

There is nothing 'fancy' in work against industrialization of sport
and for reclaiming its social purpose and relevance out of that,

as well as the necessity of providing access to leisure resources

for the health benefits and outside of corporate financial interests.


Myriam Bouré Mon 23 Oct 2017 2:17PM

As requested from @timothyflitcroft here is my introduction :
Name/city: ... Myriam / France (nomadic, move from city to city) Language(s) English/French/Spanish

Job/passion: ... Freelancer in the niche domain of the impact of collaborative economy on the transformation of the food system. In that context I'm part of two communities, OuiShare and Open Food Network. I wrote some prospective articles (you can read them here most of them are in English), and I also do some consultancy and give conferences on the topic. As a side project I'm learning since two years organic farming and permaculture and I'm working on a "rural hub" project mixing various activities (food production, transformation, training, etc.). I'm passionate also about wild edible plants and old remedies, how we can take back ownership on our health by relearning to cure ourselves with simple remedies.

Main expectations/aims of participating in Madrid ECA: ... To understand better the commons ecosystem, our complementarities, the possible redundancies also and cooperation possibilities, and also how we can better "make ecosystem" together instead of just being isolated commons initiative on our side, what is the Commons based society we are collectively drawing ? What is our common political vision ? How the various domains we operate on enabe us all to really build a new and emerging way of organizing our society ?
Together we are stronger, if we manage to show the consistency of our approach, it's economical validity, social and environmental benefits, then we can have a political voice and share our vision with larger publics and institutions.
On the question of infrastructures I would say : what infrastructures are needed for a Commons based society, but also how Commons build new infrastructures that are democratically goverened and can be the foundation of new public services ? (Open Street Maps, Open Food Network, Wikipedia, etc.)

Main focus for joining the Embodied Commons workshop: ...
- Map the Commons ecosystem
- Find possible cooperation opportunities (in terms of fundraising, helpful connexions, lobbying actions)
- How do we develop our local/regional policital influence, what meaningul partnerships helped us position our Common ?
- More generally, share good practices, how we managed to install our Commons project, what are the challenges we face, so that we can inspire each other and learn from each other, but also if we identify common challenges how we can work together on them ?
- Any project we would like to work on collectively with others (for instance I have started to work on a board game to understand the food system, including all the commons the food system is dependent on... this is just to illustrate ;-))


Timothy Flitcroft Mon 23 Oct 2017 10:55PM

'Fancy' was being applied to a possible use of the term 'Embodied Commons' not to the socially engaged work you engage in on sport. I am just concerned that the term is used for the wider issues of Food Health Land and Recreation and is simply a useful shortening of "Embodied Production of Commoning" It would be useful if you and others might like to state what Embodied Commons means to you.


Z. Blace Sun 29 Oct 2017 9:26AM

Thank you...It was not quite for that but OK ;-)


Steve Huckle Sun 29 Oct 2017 11:10AM

I joined the thread late - apologies - but it looks fascinating - is someone going to summarise the workshop's discussions from Madrid?