Common(Lab) Zine 2018-21
3 years of (un)learning (2021)
This zine documents the diverse processes, formats, and learnings from the past three years of Common(s)Lab, a community project in Schillerkiez, Berlin-Neukölln. The project, initiated at the end of 2017, was conceived as an emancipatory space to explore and foster more communal, convivial and caring ways of living, thinking and acting together. The zine outlines the various formats and methods that were adopted over the past three years and brings together an array of resources and instructions — which emerged and evolved thanks to the many people who became part of Common(s)Lab — that might serve as an inspiration and resource for similar projects or activities elsewhere.
You can download it for free here – hardcopies are to follow in a DIY/DIT-manner during a physical event at Common(s)Lab when the pandemic allows for it!
Alpine Community Economies Laboratory, Snapshot Journal No. 1
Community Economies. A Practice Exchange (2020)
created by Bianca Elzenbaumer
We have another new publication to announce for this year: the first document related to the research project ‘Alpine Community Economies’ developed by Bianca Elzenbaumer/Brave New Alps. The Alpine Community Economies Lab uses participatory design methods and feminist economic theory to support Alpine communities in addressing concerns of sustainable socio-economic development. From a community-based research space in Rovereto (Trentino, Italy), a diversity of civic actors and policy makers are engaged in a collaborative activity of imagining and enacting economies that have both people and the environment at their core. This publication gives an insight into the topics discussed and the methods for collective thinking used during a three day gathering that took place in Italy in spring 2019 and that brought together community economies practitioners and theorists.
It is available for free download here. Enjoy!
This reader is the first in a row of a series published along the way of the practice-based design research project ‘Economies of Commoning’, which sets out to explore practices, value systems and economies that are based on the commons and taking shape as spaces of dissensus in the urban context. This research is based on the firm belief that such emancipatory spaces have a huge potential to contribute to the societal transformation towards more desirable futures. The reader contains interviews with: historian and economist Friederike Habermann, economic geographer Katherine Gibson, activist and speaker Tobi Rosswog, and sociologist Christa Müller & publisher Karin Werner.
It is available for free download here and also possible to order a physical copy of a limited print-run (100 copies) in A5 format for 8€ (plus postal fee) via info[at]commonslab.de. You can also pick up a copy from our project space in Schillerpromenade 4, Berlin-Neukölln if you arrange a meeting with us beforehand. Enjoy!
As our first project, AoA independently published the co-edited book ‘Agents of Alternatives – Re-designing Our Realities’ in 2015; an open book exploring the visions, actions, tools and impacts of change agents, thinkers and ‘happeners’ (those who make things happen!). It shows the creative processes and tools for designing positive societal transitions. These transitions are revealed by showing the new hybrid relationships being forged between alternative approaches to learning, living, making, socialising, thinking and working.
Agents of Alternatives enables professionals, amateurs and citizens to understand the rich possibilities of creating and designing together in open, participatory and imaginative ways. It provides an integrated and systemic collection of case studies, essays and interviews from well-known international contributors and local activists, collated by an international team of editors.
You can find more detailed info here.
You can read a free pdf here under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). Hard copies of the book are sold at the book shop pro-qm in Berlin, also in their online shop. You can also just drop us a message to collect a copy from our storage in Berlin-Neukölln (firstname.lastname@example.org).