"Commoning in Catalonia" is an appeal for the transformative capacity of citizens.

Citizens who organize in networks of commons, can trigger a transition towards new lifestyles that build more diverse, sustainable and inclusive societies.

People in other parts of the world can take over these projects, adapt them to the local circumstances, and put them in place. Small local initiatives can work together globally, creating larger networks, where resources and experiences are shared and improved.

The 8 commons projects indicate a vision for a society where the commons are in the center of a diverse economy.
The commons can organize more and more aspects of our daily economic interactions, where we can create, shape, and negotiate our lives, in accordance with ecological, social and individual needs.

In an economy that is organized around commons, different entities - citizens, public institutions and private companies - can create common value for society, each from a different perspective and from a different role.

An economy that genuinely builds on collaboration, from the local to the global level, takes away the pressure of the current logic to continuously compete and grow.
COMMONING IN CATALONIA The strong articulation of the commons network in Catalonia is probably related to the tradition of cooperatives, and to the mediterranean culture that has a sense of belonging to local communities.

Also the history of authoritarianism and hierarchy in the relation of the citizens to the state, may accentuate the need and the evidence to self-organise in communities.

The open character of many projects and their interaction with international networks, gives them both a local and a global dimension.
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COMMONS AND COMMONING Commons can be explained in many ways. One definition could be: Back Next "A commons arises whenever a given community decides it wishes to manage a resource in a collective manner, with special regard for equitable access, use and sustainability". Commons is not simply a resource, it is about the community of people who keeps the commons alive, that's why often is referred to the praxis of "commoning". A Commons Explainer Commons: Free, Fair and Alive An Open Source Economic System Transitions and Systemic Change Think like a Commoner Commons Transition COMMONS TODAY Back Next Commons exist everywhere in the world, in all possible areas. Commons were an essential part of rural societies before industrialzation took place. Over the past decades, the Internet and the global open source culture have created new possibilities for commons to develop.

An urgent task is to expand the awareness about the commons, and to recognize and stimulate its role. Find here some interesting links to know more:
PATTERNS OF COMMONING Commons can be analysed from different angles. For instance, the focus can be put on the resource that brings together a group of people, or on the way they organize and take decisions.

Find here an overview of “8 Patterns of Commoning”, conceptualised by Timelab in Ghent (Belgium).
Back Next Dream a future together, make sure you start from contributions from all stakeholders as building blocks and start experimenting. Do not try to implement a top down vision and plans. Organize as a group, use non-hierarchical strategies and well defined processes. Do not push tasks to the others. Identify yourself in the group, be clear on your role and others. Do not fill in the roles of others. Disrupt a ruling pattern, embrace the risk and unease it brings. Do not try to avoid complexity. Transform on a systemic level, make sure the whole logistic chain is transparent, dive deep. Do not scratch the surface. Prototype what you share, make a quick draft of handy tools to facilitate communication. Do not stay in concepts and theoretical phase too long. Keep the end open, make sure all rules and steps are open code. Do not retro plan your concept. Hover over the icons and find more information about each pattern. Dream







Share your resources, define and structure what is co-owned and how to contribute to the commons. Do not close ownership structures and create scarcity economies. Learn more on a device with a wide screen!

The Open Food Network is an international open-source project that has a non-hierarchical organization model. Particpants take up roles that can be temporary or not, depending of the tasks that have to develop. Decisions are taken in transparency and in consultation.

A commons organization model should ensure that those affected by the rules can participate in modifying the rules.

Magrana Vallesana counts on a big community of members and collaborators, that take up different roles in the organization. Member need clear bounderies about their role in the group. The grooup participation creates a sense of belonging and identification.

Som Mobilitat starts from a vision that is shared by a community. The common dream is a future where mobility is no longer based on fossil fuels, and is organized in a collective and democratic way. The cooperative governance model lets all participants decide on future developments.

A dream gives the inspiration to build a commons and to hold a community together.

Konvent is a place where ideas can be explored that might be too radical or too disruptive to try in an existing organization. Experimentation is essential in creative processes. Questioning existing patterns can be chaotic, it has certain risks and might fail. It is good to have a “safe place” for it.

Disruptive and innovative ideas can develop when they are embraced and supported.

Guifi Net is build around a telecom infrastructure: a resource. The access to this resource is open to all members, and the Guifi Net Foundation developed rules to resolve problems or disputes. There are no closed ownership structures that create scarcity.

All members share a responsibility in governing the common resource at each level of the entire interconnected system.

Comunificadora wants to help the transition towards a economy where commons have a central role. In order to make this systemic change, businnesses and startups reflect on the aspects of their organization that can be organized differently.

Making this change, requires reflection and openness to transform.

e Re-Use is an open and transparent project. Their IT platform is open for anyone to download it, use it, adapt it, and distribute the adaptations again. They have no “closed” business concept, it is open to evolve. In this way, the agility and impact that e Re-Use can generate is bigger.

When keeping the project open, it can be easily adapted and improved and create a network effect.

Esferica organizes practical workshops where participants make sunglasses in order to prototype new ways of consuming and producing. They avoid wasting too much time with conceptual and theoretical models, but instead hope to find some answers to those bigger questions through the workshops.

A prototype is often the first necessary step in the development of new ideas and concepts.







Each of the patterns can be exemplified by one project of "Commoning in Catalonia".

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