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2018-09-20 9:30:00 2018-09-20 9:30:00 Australia/Melbourne The 21st Century Council: Creating Resilient & Empowered Communities Workshop “We can’t continue with a system that creates wealth, but that’s also destroying the planet and creating so much social... Australia Zachary Tangey ztangey@mav.asn.au

The 21st Century Council: Creating Resilient & Empowered Communities Workshop

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“We can’t continue with a system that creates wealth, but that’s also destroying the planet and creating so much social inequality. I think that after 400 years of this, we know it doesn’t work. We need a new system to reclaim all these communal values.”

Workshop Description

“We can’t continue with a system that creates wealth, but that’s also destroying the planet and creating so much social inequality. I think that after 400 years of this, we know it doesn’t work. We need a new system to reclaim all these communal values.”

Michel Bauwens is the founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. In the first semester of 2014, Michel Bauwens was the research director of the transition project towards the social knowledge economy, an official project in Ecuador. He has been active in many places, including Ghent (Belgium) where the municipality commissioned the Commons Transition project. It is the first municipality in the world to look strategically at the commons transition. In parallel, he has received equally enthusiastic support from civil society initiatives and organisations, showing us that the commons are alive and correspond to a true aspiration.

Michael Bauwens has a focus on a number of intersecting themes:

  • Transitioning to a better way: a new collaborative, sharing economy devolving power to the community
  • Three specific realms crucial to a Commons-Based Economy – ecological sustainability, open knowledge and social solidarity.
  • The collaborative technology alliance, digital synergy, and the blockchain: making the alternative P2P infrastructure interoperable
  • Doing more together, together: seeding a Collaborative Technology Alliance
  • The re-emergence of the urban commons as both a bottom-up emergence by citizens/commoners and a radical municipal administrative configuration.

As a conclusion Michel proposes an institutional framework for urban commons transitions. He looks to answer the following questions:

  1. What can cities/towns do to respond to the new demands of citizens as commoners
  2. What their role may be in facilitating a social-ecological transition
  3. what institutional adaptations would favour such a role. This will include a review grassroots initiatives for urban commons transitions both in the global north and south, but with specific attention towards the municipal coalitions of Barcelona, Bologna, Naples, Frome and Ghent.

Note: The ‘commons’ are viewed as a shared resource, which is co-owned and/or co-governed by its users and/or stakeholder communities, according to its own rules and norms

Gilbert Rochecouste of Village Well will MC the workshop.

Who Should attend?

Councillors, CEOs, Directors, Change Managers/Champions, anyone interested in creating more sustainable futures and examining the role of local government in this transition.