Workshop Title: Commons at Plein 40-45
In this workshop we go into the principles of radical democracy and how these can be brought into practice. Especially, we discuss practices of commoning, which aim for collective ownership and equal collaboration between different local actors in public space. On Plein 40-45 a group of social innovators, urban planners and programmakers is working together with different local stakeholders and entrepreneurs to creatively increase the liveability of the area. Researcher Joachim Meerkerk and program maker Peter Both invite us in the program and exhibition space New Metropolis to learn about co-creation and explore creative solutions for collective action.
Joachim Meerkerk researches the urban commons in Amsterdam. He aims at developing possibilities for building coalitions and bringing about co-creation and collective action in urban consumption spaces in order to increase the economic vitality and livability of those area. As a creative thinker Joachim uses concepts around citizenship and democracy to make real societal impact.
As part of the public programme ‘Broadcasting from Babylon’, Josien Pieterse and Anne de Zeeuw (Framer Framed and Netwerk Democratie) co-organise several Thursday sessions on the theme ‘Citizenship and Cultural Production’. The workshop series investigates how citizenship informs cultural production and how different forms of social engagement and place-making are currently developed by reclaiming and rewriting democracy through cultural self-representation and production.
What can cultural practitioners learn from social movements, hackers, squatters and open-source activists? Each week Josien and Anne invite a different guest to look into themes such as authority of the other, oral history (listening and power), radical openness, choices and consequences.