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The Long Now of the Commons - People, Infrastructures, and Dilemmas - 17 October 2019 - Copenhagen, Denmark

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Dear colleagues,

we are happy to share with you further updates on the "Long now of the
Commons" event, with sign-up link, info on talks and speakers!

Feel free to circulate it among your networks.
Best regards,
Giacomo Poderi and Joanna Saad-Sulonen

/The Long Now of the Commons - People, Infrastructures, and Dilemmas
17th October, 9.00-16.30
IT University of Copenhagen, Rued Langgaards Vej 7, Copenhaghen

Over the past few decades, concerns around the future of the commons –
meaning collectively managed resources endangered by different forms of
enclosures – have opened up inquiries into promoting fairer and more
sustainable ways of being and acting together in the world.

Commoning – the social practice of managing resources for everyone’s
benefit – promotes ways of resisting and creating alternatives to the
inequalities, contradictions, and threats of contemporary neoliberal
western societies. Concrete examples of commoning abound in any human
sphere: from the re-appropriation of urban spaces (e.g. through social
housing, hackerspaces, urban gardening) to the nurturing of open digital
spaces and infrastructures (e.g. commons-based peer production, creative
commons); from environmental care (e.g. environmentalist collectives,
energy saving communities) to political actions for (re)democratizing
the economy and the society (e.g. platform cooperativism, anarchist

In a historical moment of renewed political, social, cultural, and
economic turmoil, it is increasingly important to sustain and
consolidate practices of commoning, despite the challenges at hand. By
acknowledging that "there is no commons without commoning" (Linebaugh,
2009), this event aims to disseminate knowledge about contemporary forms
of commoning as historically, culturally, and politically situated
practices. As such, the people, infrastructures, and dilemmas involved
in commoning will be at the center of this full-day public seminar. The
event will gather contributions by internationally renowned researchers
and practitioners who have developed considerable experience on the
topic over the past years.

The day will be structured around presentations with ample space for
comments and questions from the audience. Students, researchers,
practitioners, and policy makers interested in the topic are invited and
welcome to attend the event. 


Ferreri, Mara - University of Northumbria./Commoning for housing
justice. /
////Garcia, Marcos - Medialab Prado, Madrid./Citizen labs as commons
laboratories. Local and international approaches. /
Helfrich, Silke - Founding member of Commons Strategies Group./Free,
Fair and Alive: The Power of the Commons. /
O’Neil, Mathieu - University of Canberra./Mapping the firm-project
network. /
Pazaitis, Alex - Tallinn University of Technology. /Peer Production
and State Theory: Envisioning a Cooperative Partner State. /
Poderi, Giacomo - IT University of Copenhagen./Caring about the
commoners who care. /
Seravalli, Anna - Malmö University./Urban commons: towards more
democratic cities? /
Teli, Maurizio - Aalborg University. /Commoning and Participatory
Design – a Love Story? /


Attendance is free and open to everyone. To help with the
logistic, please sign up here:

Facebook event page:

The event is organized by Giacomo Poderi (Department of Computer
Science, IT University of Copenhagen) and Joanna Saad-Sulonen
(Department of Digital Design, IT University of Copenhagen), and it is
funded through the project grant 749353, of the H2020/MSCA-IF-2016 call.
The event is hosted by the IT University of Copenhagen.


/ALEX PAZAITIS/is a core member of the interdisciplinary research
collective P2P Lab, spin-off of the Ragnar Nurkse Department of
Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology and of the
P2P Foundation. He holds an MA in Technology Governance and is Junior
Research Fellow and PhD candidate at the Ragnar Nurkse Department. Alex
is a core team member of the COSMOLOCALISM project and has been involved
in numerous research activities, including scholarly papers and research
and innovation projects. He has professional experience in project
management and has worked as a consultant for private and public
organizations. His research interests include technology governance;
innovation policy; digital commons; open cooperativism and distributed
ledger technologies.

/ANNA SERAVALLI /is a senior lecturer and design researcher at The
School of Arts and Communication Malmö University. She has a background
as product and service designer and holds a PhD in Design and Social
Innovation. Her research explores questions around alternative
economics, participation and democracy in the urban context. She closely
collaborates with citizens, NGOs, civil servants and small entrepreneurs
in exploring new modes of production, participation and decision making
in urban production and city making. She is the coordinator of Malmö
University DESIS Lab.

/GIACOMO PODERI/is a Marie Curie postdoctoral researcher at the IT
University of Copenhagen. His current project focuses on the
sustainability of different commoning practices (e.g. urban, digital,
knowledge commons) and takes particular interest at commoners’ long-term
commitment. His research interests concern the interplay between society
and Information and Communication Technology through the lenses of
co-construction and participatory processes. More concretely, he is
interested in the role that participation plays in mediating use,
design, and development aspects of ICT. His latest publication is
"Sustaining platforms as commons” in /CoDesign/ 15(3).

/MARA FERRERI/is research fellow in Human Geography at the University
of Northumbria. Until recently she held a Marie Curie postdoctoral
fellowship at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain (see: Her work on urban precarity, commons,
housing and temporariness has been published in international journals
such as /Transactions of the IBG, cultural geographies /and /Geoforum/.
She is a founding editor of the open-access international /Radical
Housing Journal /.

/MARCOS GARCÍA/is the artistic director of Medialab-Prado since 2014,
an initiative of the Madrid City Hall, devised as a citizen laboratory
for the production, research and dissemination of cultural projects that
explores forms of experimentation and collaborative learning that have
emerged with digital networks.From 2006 to 2013, he was in charge of
coordination and programming at Medialab-Prado, alongside Laura
Fernández. Previously, from 2004 to 2006, they set up the education
programme of MediaLabMadrid, developing the cultural mediation programme
and the Interactivos? project, a platform for production and research
into the creative and educational applications of technology. Marcos has
taken part in numerous international events about digital culture and
the commons.

/MATHIEU O’NEIL/is Associate Professor in Communication at the
University of Canberra and Adjunct Research Fellow in the School of
Sociology at the ANU. His interests are the sociology of fields and
controversies, social network analysis, and labour and organization
studies. He is currently investigating waged and volunteer labour in
F/OSS projects thanks to a grant from the Sloan Foundation. Mathieu’s
research has been published in Social Networks, Information,
Communication and Society, Réseaux, and Organization Studies, amongst
others. In 2006 he contributed to the founding of the Virtual
Observatory for the Study of Online Networks, a world leader in e-social
science, and in 2010 he founded the /Journal of Peer Production/.

/MAURIZIO TELI/is Associate Professor at the Department of Planning,
Aalborg University, Denmark. His research focuses on participatory
design and commoning in relation to digital platforms. He has more than
fifty publications, including the book “/Beyond Capital: Values,
Commons, Computing and the Search for a Viable Future”/ (co-authored
with David Hakken and Barbara Andrews, Routledge, 2016) and the
co-edited special issue of CoDesign - International Journal of
CoCreation in Design and the Arts “/Repositioning CoDesign in the age of
platform capitalism: from sharing to caring” /(with Gabriela Avram, Jaz
Hee-jeong Choi, Stefano De Paoli, Ann Light, and Peter Lyle, 2019).

/SILKE HELFRICH/is an independent activist, author, scholar, and
speaker. She cofounded the Commons Strategies Group and
Commons-Institute, was former head of the regional office of Heinrich
Böll Foundation for Central America, Cuba, and Mexico, and holds degrees
in Romance languages/pedagogy and in social sciences. Helfrich is the
editor and co-author of several books on the Commons, and she blogs at . She lives in Neudenau,
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