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Ludobox workshop



Like book and music, board game has entered the era of reproducibility and distributed network. Here and there, game designers, publishers, collective release their 3D checkers on-line or an entire game in print-and-play under Creative Commons licenses. If we can think, that these new formats will one day have their place in toy libraries, how that turns the toy librarian profession and more broadly practice of playing and players ?

Dcalk started to develop the idea of a Ludobox or Digital Toy Library, following the inspiring Piratebox and Librarybox initiatives that facilitates acces & sharing of free digital content through an offline network. And so does the Ludobox : it gathers free-licensed board games, cards games, urban games, role playing games, toys, video games as well as topical resources (publications, manuals, medias).

During CommonsFest, Dcalk propose a workshop to build up together with the participants a Ludobox that will stay in Athens containing Print’n Play games in english & greek as well as resources related to Commons & CommonsFest issues.

In this workshop, participants will learn about/how-to :

History & issue of offline networks

Build your own LudoBox

Custom your LudoBox

Find and host free-licenced games

Maintenance, use and practice of mediation for your box

We will be working on one Ludobox but if participants want to build up their own, they are more than welcome ! We just invite to order your own material before : a wifi routeur & usb key are required (max total cost : 45 euros, counts 3 days for delivering) among this list :

For me info/questions, please contact Catherine Lenoble & Julien Maudet : info at dcalk dot org.


PublicSpace.Tools is about citizen empowerment for critical, creative, or unconventional uses of public space. PublicSpace.Tools, currently in beta version, is an online, multilingual platform for Europe and beyond. It consists of two elements:

1) an interactive free softwareplatform that includes: a repository of legal regulations that apply in different cities, tagged and categorised to allow cross-comparison; an illustrated database of good practices, strategies, and know-how recipes; a reporting module, and a discussion area;

2) a mobile app linked to a geolocalisation interface that allows users to upload content in real time. The aims of the workshop are: —To contextualise the platform within the concept of the right to the city, in relation to specific public space-related issues in different European cities today, and to other collaborative digital platforms. —To focus on the legal conditions that apply to public space, and how to deal with them. —To provide participants with the basic technical and conceptual know-how that will allow them to appropriate the tool and use it for their own purposes. As this is a user-centred project in beta stage, participants will be contributing to testing the tool, helping to shape its functionalities, and adding content related to their specific context and interests that will then be available to everybody. Participants are recommended to bring their own laptops

Organiser: David Juarez, Straddle3
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Researchers AND Grassroots Movements: LET’S GET INTERACTIVE & COOPERATE !!!

We are researchers from different countries who are interested in grassroots movements, solidarity/alternative economy and commoning as an alternative to the mainstream neoliberal model in Southern Europe (Greece, Portugal, Spain).
We want to connect, build a network, combine theory with practice, support solidarity projects & share information. We are aiming to meet a need of grassroots movements for new narratives about their practices.

Who is organizing? Members of SEMS Network (Southern European Mutual Support Research Network)
Who can take part? Preferably members of grassroots movements & activists, other researchers

We would like to address following questions to members of grassroots movements:
How can researchers support solidarity projects/commons/etc.?
What do grassroots initiatives expect from researchers?
How to exchange, disseminate and preserve knowledge as a commons?
How can we combine theory with practice? Could this combination be regarded as a new common?

Organiser: Inés Morales Forest Engineer, Spain), Maria Papapavlou (Anthropologist/Ethnomusicologist, Greece), Manuela Banoža (Social Anthropologist, Austria), Georg Rosenitsch (Social Anthropologist, Austria)
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MAPPING AND THE COMMONS – an unMonastery workshop

The City of Matera, recently nominated European Capital of Culture in 2019, developed a bid based on it’s capacity to be a “starting point of a grassroots movement for the renewal of Europe”: the European dimension of the cultural program is not based on productions imported from other countries, namely the centers of mainstream culture in Europe. The artistic projects delivered in 2019 will be the result of a progressive co-production process through which citizens place themselves in the creative process working with artists. In this framework, the unMonastery pilot project opened a residency space for innovators ready to work with the local community on set challenges, both sharing a do-it-yourself approach to problem solving. The unMonastery represents the characteristics of Matera’s bid to the European Capital of Culture title: a tentative to mitigate, if not replace, the necessary top-down approach such bids require, with a more horizontal, spontaneous and networked approach. In the context of the CommonsFest, unMonastery will present the “Mappingthecommons” initiative in Matera. This will be the starting point of a discussion enlarged to all people and organizations interested in mapping processes involving the locals. The workshop will be used as an opportunity to introduce the unMonastery BIOS toolkit. The BIOS – a basic input-output system and documentation of the story of unMonastery – is an open source toolkit for starting new unMonastery spaces and critically evaluating projects during their development. The unMonastery BIOS is currently in Beta development phase and includes works of historical fiction, manuals, a board game, and an online development protocol. Throughout the course of 2015, we will be workshopping the BIOS components, as a strategic tool for experimental development, with a variety of partners – leading up to their Alpha release in July at the NearNow Communities and Cities event in Nottingham, UK. Designed with a community of social innovation agencies and civic engagement initiatives in mind, the toolkit will advise best practice in community development and ensure documentation generated by unMonastery is valuable to others and contributes to a broader ecosystem of knowledge-sharing.

Organiser: Katalin Hausel

Reinventing the Wheel- Open Source Circular Economy Days and unMonastery

Examining the so called life cycle of a product from the perspective of our current socio-economic system, it becomes apparent that attempting to achieve a zero waste supply chain demands nothing less than reinventing the wheel. The capitalist mode of production, from material extraction, to manufacturing, to distribution to disposal, adopts a wasteful linear process. This is not made unintentionally, but constitutes a structural reinforcement of this mode of economic and social organization. Taking into consideration some core principles upon which capitalism thrives (scarcity, inefficiency/waste, unsustainability) with characteristics that dominate the whole life-cycle process: intrinsic, planned, perceived obsolescence and proprietary design.
Environmental and social negative consequences are baptised as irrelevant externalities, and are not accounted for at all. The dominant incentives in our economic system, are incompatible with what could be considered as an Open Source Circular Economy. Thus, it is necessary to step back and consider the values that should dictate the whole life cycle of a product. Having as our general guiding principles, sustainability, abundance and efficiency, we will start a systems-thinking attempt to identify the values that have to be adopted in the material extraction, design, manufacturing and reuse/recycling processes in order to achieve an Open Source Circular Economy. Additionally, we will examine if these need to be adapted to a different mode of production: from a centralized mass-production to a distributed and appropriate one.

Organiser: Lauren Lapidge
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