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June 12-13th 2020: Virtual Commons Conference

Under the title ‘The Commons is Dead. Long Live the Commons!’, this virtual conference will discuss the idea of the commons in relation to the pandemic and digital transformation. Organised by the CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN THE ARTS, SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES, the conference will, according to its website “inspire discussions on the current modes of constructing, reclaiming, and sharing the commons. Continue reading

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Corona Futures

For all who want to think further how corona might impact the ways we live together on this planet, today, tomorrow, in a year or even further, this open call might be of interest to you – transformation designer and researcher Lucas Kuster set it up to collect ideas and thoughts from different fields and disciplines in order to reflect further on the current situation and possibly use it in a positive way for more desirable futures. Find more info here: https://corona-futures.de Submission deadline is April 26th 2020.

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BEYOND CRISIS online conference 17.-18.4.2020

After the initial conference by the Eco-Social Design MA at Bolzano University has been moved to October 2020 due to the outbreak of the corona pandemic, an online conference will take place additionally on 17.-18.4.2020, to tackle exactly this issue: asking whether the current situation offers an opportunity or a threat for socio-ecological transformation.

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BY DESIGN OR BY DISASTER 2020 in Bolzano

The focus of the 2020 edition of the yearly conference organised by the MA study program Eco-Social Design at the Free University of Bolzano will be ‘Cross-cutting Strategies’. The conference is taking place in October 2020 (postponed from initially April), and there will be an exciting list of guests contributing to the talks and workshops taking place, such as I.L.A. Kollektiv on pathways to solidary post-growth, Armin Bernhard (Obervinschgau/ Mals) & Carolin Holtkamp (Uni Innsbruck) on the strategies for radical change in Mals / Obervinschgau, Saskia HebertAndreas Unteidig and/or Corinna Sy on transformation by design, Extinction Rebellion (Sina Kamala Kaufmann) and/or SolidariTree on protest and progress strategies, the local FFF and Scientists for Future, the Center for Political Beauty or Peng! Collective on political art tools and strategies, Bruno Latour, Harald Welzer or Maja Göpel on transformation theories and strategies and Anna Meroni. Continue reading

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‘Questioning the Creative City’ in Newcastle

“Questioning the Creative City is a two-day event bringing together artists, researchers and grassroots innovators to debate the role of creative practice and innovation in the life of cities beyond the current obsession with market-oriented growth strategies. How do creative practitioners and grassroots social innovation see their contribution to the city? How can cities support and promote creative practice? Can we envision a city that values creativity for its own sake, rather than as a means to an economic end?” Continue reading

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Community Economies practice-exchange

In June 2019, Common(s)Lab was invited by the Rovereto-based design practice Brave New Alps to join a 5 days get-together of artists, designers and economic geographers working with community and diverse economies in their practices as researchers and creative practitioners. The event was organised by Bianca Elzenbaumer as part of her Marie Sklodowska-Curie research project she is currently developing in Bolzano, hosted by the EURAC Research centre. Continue reading

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9 months of Common{s}Lab

At the end of last year, we initiated a new project called Common{s}Lab in Schillerkiez, a neighbourhood in Berlin-Neukölln near Tempelhofer Feld. With this project, we aim to co-develop a platform for action and research around the urban commons, diverse economies, and sharing practices in neighbourhoods. Continue reading