Support CommonsFest

Support our campaign.

Crowdfunding the 2nd CommonsFest

Heraklion, Crete 9th till 11th of May 2014

CommonsFest is an initiative to promote freedom of knowledge (or free knowledge) and peer-to-peer collaboration for the creation and management of the commons. A philosophy that has spread through free software communities and extends to many aspects of our daily lives, such as the arts, governance, construction of machinery, tools and other goods. Through an exhibition, talks, screenings and workshops, the aim of the festival is to promote the achievements of this philosophy to the public and become a motive for further adoption.

What are your goals?

The goals of CommonsFest are:

  • To highlight solutions to our everyday needs offered by the Commons.
  • To inform for available tools that help us create and manage the Commons.
  • To explore new ways of collaborating, new tools for creating innovations to accelerate the process of participation in the Commons.

Why is it important to contribute?

After years of economic crisis here in Greece we have abandoned any faith in all that is old. So even when it comes to fund raising we are experimenting with new more participatory and open ways. This way of covering the costs is more consistent with the philosophy of the commons ie participation of as many as possible in the realization of the festival. Apart from funding, we try to adhere to all of our activities with open call for entries, collaborative discussions and actions and publishing all our material under free licenses. Our effort is part of a global effort for a fair and world of peers where all contribute according to their abilities and take according to their needs. CommonsFest would not exist if it were not for all of you.

How the money will be used?

We try to keep our financial needs to a minimum, nevertheless there are still some things that we can not meet without money. This amount we estimate that will cover the expenses below: tickets for some participants printing costs cost of food supplies for participants and volunteers

How else can you help?

Spread the our campaign ! Share it on social networks, Write a personal message and send to friends and acquaintances, Talk to friends, even to those who you might think that they will not contribute financially, but they can contribute in other ways or just to learn about Commons. Follow us on twitter & facebook. Sign up to our newsletter if you want to be informed. Finally , the most important help you can give is to create new Commons and become the protagonists of the next beautiful story that will be discussed in CommonsFest.

Open source festival

After the festival we will release the recorded talks with English subtitles under CC-BY-SA accompanied by any presentation material. Also all the articles, graphics and the organizational knowhow will be released freely in the effort to open source the festival. We offer to help anyone who wants to reproduce the festival at their location.



Building a society of Commons
George Dafermos – FLOK Society project, Ecuador
Creative Commons Licences in Practice: Cases of CC Use and Lessons from the field
Prodromos Tsiavos, Maria Mertzani – Creative Commons Greece
Accomplishing art projects through crowdfunding
Giannis Farsaris – OpenΒook
From the bottom of the sea to the edge of the sky: school projects based on open hardware and free knowledge.
Astrinos Tsoutsoudakis, Saitakis Angelici, Apostolaki Marianthe, Raptakis Panagiotis – ViannoSat & Hydrobot
Peer-to-Peer desktop production: Opportunities and challenges
Vasilis Niaros – P2P Lab
From open source to open content
Theodoros Karounos – GFOSS
Towards an open festival
en oiko
Outlining forms of open networks
Open data and open knowledge
Vasilis Chrysos and Charalambos Bratsas – FOSS Office / OKF Greece
Self-managed spaces, forms, necessity and operation modes
to Granazi
Current system and proposal for an alternative model based on common resources
Diomedes Skalistis – Zeitgeist Movement Greece
Off-grid electricity production from open source renewable energy sources & Peer-to-peer electricity production and management for energy efficiency and self-reliance.
Costas Latoufis – Iason Kouveliotis-Lysikatos – Nea Guinea / SmartRUE NTUA
labaki hackerspace: an open community for unusual innovation, learning and sharing
Antonis Hariton – tolabaki hackerspace
Privacy and security in our mobile phone
Nikos Roussos – Digital Liberation Network
Wireless community networks Modern infrastructure by citizens for citizens
Vasilis Chrysos –
Open governance
Thanassis Priftis – GFOSS
What digital freedoms do we want? Grassroots policies for the intellectual Commons in Greece in crisis
Antonis Broumas – Digital Liberation Network
Work with nature , not against it
Maniadakis Michael
Socially supported agriculture
Harris Papayannakis – Zizania
Community health care, by citizens for citizens
Social Solidarity Network of Heraklion
The experiment of #rbnews: exploring the citizen journalism
Katerina Stavroula –
Outlining degrowth concepts and their links to the Commons
Alekos Pantazis
Home economics: a few words about the forgotten knowledge of sufficiency
Kallia Spyridaki – Ploumi collaborative cafe
When thinking does not reach farther than the speech
Giannis Papadopoulos & Nikos Apostolopoylos – Eleutherourgos
Natural building: regaining the lost knowledge
Manolis Ksimeris & George Ritsakis – Archanes Project


Security in online communications
George Kiagiadakis – tolabaki hackerspace
Constructing a barel garden
A romance of many dimensions: an introductory workshop in 3D printing
Thanassis Deligiannis – GFOSS
Mapping on OpenStreetMap
Nick Roussos – OpenStreetMap Foundation
Participating in Wikipedia
Dimitris Koukoulakis
Free your Android: Root and Custom ROMs
Costas Kalivas – tolabaki hackerspace
Installing Fedora operating system
Dimitris Glaros – Fedora
Be a Webmaker
Nick Roussos – Mozilla

Meeting of Creative Commons European Affiliates at Heraklion
Creative Commons European Affiliates have decided to honour us by choosing to make one of their two annual meetings at Heraklion on the 9th of May, starting day for CommonsFest, so they will have the chance to watch it.

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