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Nicole undefined Madrid concept (for ECA at Transeuropa)
NEXT CALL (most likely Wednesday May 24): https://framadate.org/UzQiGSviRybe8TGa 
General concept of the collaboration with EuroAlt: https://hackpad.com/European-Commons-Assembly-goes-Transeuropa-1oag0dA1mEt 
Old version of our working document on Madrid: https://hackpad.com/Madrid-Organization-Overview-AGae2ARmkFU 
In the ECA one-pager currently we pitch 2 axes:
-Experience the alternative (festival hall of experience sharing)
-And production (of knowledge, expanding the toolkit, etc.)
(A)= We need to discuss if we still agree on this.  I am more in favor of the second, with a bit more curation and focus on quality, knowledge producing activities. 
My view is that instead of just "experience the alternative" and "production", everything should be framed from the view: “What are the problems and successes of urban commons initiatives, which tools and strategies have been developed in response, and what do they teach us about supporting and scaling commons?". "Urban commons" alone is not a precise enough framing. 
*Themes may continue to be important in  there: Housing, Relationship with the ayutamiento, Health, "capital" of  the commons, water, squats (e.g. CS gobernador social center). Some  criteria for choosing themes could be: - a multitude of European  experiences, willingness of a local Madrid partner, transversality-  touches other thmes, ubran commons, policy relevance. But we can also go on an intiiative-by-initiative basis to be more precise. 
1.Storytelling a problem or tactic in action (hence maybe need for the open call) 
  • -panel
  • -visit, e.g. Campo de Cebada (good story with local municipality and how their work inspired and led to other projects)
2.Production- workshop these stories with an aim to find the tactics, laws, people/agents, levers, practices
  • Can imagine: Mixed groups of local Madrid organizations, local citizens, and other commoners from around Europe. They look at one specific initiative (or a subject/theme?) and do a group investigation around problems, tactics, tools, proposals specific to that initiative/theme
3. Document - camp with Zemos or our own method
  • Building off production, do a mapping/documentation for each group of laws, projects, groups, anecdotes invoked (perhaps connecting to the CT Wiki, or nourisihing the "policy proposals")
(4): Big group Assemblies- Reflection on the ECA Governance? Open call for other topics within the ECA?
  • Anything we want to "adopt"? Free time to meet in different working groups, or around the policy proposals - (things we didn't have enough time for in BXL)
(5): Workshop with city councillors w/ EuroAlt (need to talk w Daphne)
(B)=Do  we still want to do an open call according to the ECA one-pager?  To  who? Everyone in ECA? Local Madrid groups? Both at the same time? What are we asking for? I think this "ask" still needs revision. Right now it is posed as (feel free to add comments):
Sophie B "We invite commoners, collectives, and organisations that engage in self-organised community practices, collaborative sharing, or co-creation that contributes to the well-being of communities in the urban environment, to please come and share their skills and let others experience their practices in actions or workshops." If you have:
nicole.leonard@sciencespo.fr - A specific experience, place, or commoning practice to present (either on the ground in Madrid or from elsewhere in Europe)
-  A proposal for a (knowledge) production-based workshop on a particular commons theme 
- Or any other relevant idea for content
Please  send a note on the concept to contact@europeancommonsassembly.eu so we can co-produce the program for the European Commons Assembly in Madrid  together."
Nicole undefined -> How does this feed into the conversation/work on June 9th in Barcelona? We don't have to have everything decided but we need something strong to debate. 
Last call we said we want to build the program from the bottom up, matching European commoners (and espeically those from the Urban Commons Working group) to local groups in workshops or visits based around themes. This is great but it requires a lot of coordination work and some sort of criteria/method for selecting the different groups and capacity/willingness to continue following up with them. How do we know who we can work with if it's just an open call?  In order to get local groups on board, we have to have a vision of their participation so they know what to bring. Is it just a presentation? WIll we try and get dialogues with them and ECA members goig in advance of the meeting? What?
LOGISTICS: October 25-29 
*we can always adapt, I suggest focusing on good ECA content first, these are just notes. 
ECA programming (TransEuropa programming will also take place these days): Wednesday Oct 25, Thurs 26, and Fri 27. Based at MediaLabPrado, which has a great reception space - Cantina - and Auditorium 220ppl. BUT: there is not a lot of small break out spaces for working at MLP. EVA next to Intermediae/ Matadero could be a good option for that (not as fancy looking but fully commoned). We can also use the Intermediae space, or Reina Sofia if we want more panel-like events.  We have to see what we've got in terms of content first before we decide. Must consider times of day: local people may be working during the day. 
Friday: Euro Alt planning workshop with city governments but haven't gotten far yet. *Good point for collab w/ ECA. 
Saturday Oct 28 is Euro Alt's big day with the high-profile speakers from cities, and they will also have events on the ECA days. On Thursday 26, there is a concert that we can co-promote in both programs. So far, it seems like the TransEuropa festival part is more focused on panel type events (except the Friday workshop mentioned above), artistic activities, and the refugee focus is strong. Would be good to see their list of events. 
EuroAlt has hired Ivan Ortiz for logistics and programming who is local in Madrid which is great. 
We need to fundraise. Currently we have a bit under 7k. 
Idea to approach OSF
Daphne's idea of crowdfunding with EuroAlt
Go back to Lunt
Later, too early. 
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Communicating the commons Cecile Blanchet, Lucas, Maia, Stacco, Ann Marie, Nicole, Sophie, Marta https://europeancommonsassembly.hackpad.com/Communication-plan-to-follow-up-on-ECA-a0ZIAhwMap7 External Communications Subgroup
Work Social Protection Sarah de Heusch, Francine Mestrum, X
Chat Room Lasse, Kimmo, Julien
EP Platfom*** There was a Nov 17 group on Interacting with Politicians so connections should be made Sophie Bloemen, David H,
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Cecile B Material for the ECA media splash 
Wednesday commonsday #1: Feb. 1, 2017
Sophie B
  • Dispatches from the Commons Assembly
Many people are engaged in commons-based alternative practices as part of the struggle for ecological, social and cultural transition within their communities. In these fields, the commons approach offers a new vocabulary for collective action and social justice. It opens up ways of reshaping processes for governance of resources by communities themselves. Commons-based practices respect values of sharing and cooperation, equity and diversity, transparency and sustainability. 
Cecile B In November 2016, a group of 150 commoners from all over Europe gathered in  Brussels to lay the foundations for a united and strong European commons movement. The European Commons Assembly was born
Sophie B The European Commons Assembly is an ongoing process that facilitates pluralistic debate regarding the strategy and agenda for a united political vision.  Its goal is threefold:  1) support the decentralised activities of commoners and their  engagement in concrete, collaborative and bottom-up actions 2) give a voice to and increase the visibility of  the commons movement  3) channel the needs and demands of socially and ecologically sustainable initiatives to the political arena. 
Cecile B These videos give a peek into the Assembly and its members, who explore how to bring the advent of creative institutions and political alternatives from the local to the European level and articulate joint demands for urgent issues, including food, energy and the city:  
Sophie B The idea of commons is growing in our collective imaginary, but remains underrepresented in concrete terms. It is time to jointly act to reinvigorate local, national, and European politics on the basis of these values!
Cecile B --------------------------------------------------------
Commons, Europe, Assembly, 
Cecile B Quotes: (from the ECA overview video)
"#Commons: Self-organise the use of specific #resources
"#Commons change the #paradigm: #Cooperation instead of #competition"
"Showing a new way" #commonsassembly 
"Build a movement to create joint demands and influence the political debate" 
"Bring the #commons ideas in the debate at the #EUparliament"
"Integrate the #commons in public policies"
"The #commonsassembly is an ongoing process" 
"We need lots of local #commonsassembly all over #Europe"
"Build an #insfrastructure for the #EUcommons"
"Big challenge: combine local action and political engagement"
Raw code for the pictures gallery (Flickr) from the ECA:
<a data-flickr-embed="true"   href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/146782260@N04/albums/72157673222693353"  title="European Commons Assembly. Brussels, 15-17 November  2016"><img  src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5686/31186561551_4fa21d8ba5_c.jpg"   width="800" height="534" alt="European Commons Assembly. Brussels,  15-17  November 2016"></a><script async   src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"   charset="utf-8"></script>
Nicole undefined Here are the direct YouTube links to the content:
  • Video Summary on the ECA (this is on the landing page of the ECA site):
  • Right to the City:
  • Food as a Common Good:
  • Energy as a Common Good:
  • A Conversation between DiEM25 and Commoners: How to build an alternative together?
A full YouTube list of all the videos is here :
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4. People can take initatives and self organise actions unless there is explicit objection.  Yet all actions should correspond to basic ECA principles (to be established) 
Silke H
  • I disagree. "All actions are ok unless there are objections" ... is a proceeding that can easily manipulated or vested by the manipulation of communication tools (yes, we've had all kinds of problems in commons-networks) or simply "neglectance": We need to rely to some basic ethical and political criteria - see above. 
Sophie B
  • I agree here we would need to define principles for this. such as 'do no harm to ECA at large', ....). 
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We need to “Commonify” the Assembly; the ECA itself must be managed as a commons, but be  organized enough to be effective in meeting our goals:          
Sophie Bloemen                
Johannes Eule  
Christiaan   Fruneaux
Daniela Festa
Bart Cosijn
Jelle de Graaf
Andrew Paterson
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1 Digital Commons Merging internet commons, knowledge commons and collaborative economy. sophie bloemen, dimitar dimitrov, dimitris koukoulakis, https://europeancommonsassembly.hackpad.com/Digital-Commons-Knowledge-management-Wh4AcAimN6n

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