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Kevin Flanagan

186 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Kevin Flanagan , Claudia Gómez Portugal M 186 days ago
Kevin F transformative learning
free learning
Claudia M life long learners
Kevin F Learning as Commons
This initiative aspires to support a convergence of new thinking about learning and the commons, which is emerging in different expressions in free, autonomous and self-managed ways, beyond institutions and with an intergenerational and inter-cultural approach. It's about how, what, when, where and with whom we decide to learn.
Learning as a Commons enclosed
Learning is part of everyday life, it comes naturally to us as one of the central processes by which we experience ourselves, discover and develop our relationship with society, our environment and the world we live in.
Sadly today people young and old too often find themselves alienated from the learning process.
A model of mass education has proliferated as educational institutions through establishing monopolies on professional certification perpetuate an exclusive approach that defines learning as a privilege available only to those who can afford it. This model of education is akin to a conveyor belt which produces 'human resources' and disciplined employees primarily to meet the employment demands of business interests. This is what learning has become today.
More and more people are waking up to this situation They are making a journey to rediscover their own learning. In this process they encounter the need to unlearn, to de-colonise their minds, to 'learn to learn' all over again. This de-schooling happens naturally when we find ourselves totally involved in self directed learning processes that nurture and empower whole human beings.
Learning is central to the practice of commoning...?
Today more and more people around the world are rediscovering the importance of the Commons and engaging in practices of Commoning. At the same time self-directed learning communities for youth and children are emerging faster both in South and North. Self organisation and autonomy are central to Commoners, Life Long Learners and Self-Directed Learning Communities however while there are clear affinities between these groups we feel that they can benefit further through greater sharing of experience, knowledge and practice.
'Learning as a commons' is essential for communities that care about regenerating, recovering and creating their commons.
Shikshantar in the India and the Universidad de la Tierra in Mexico are just two examples lead by activists and thinkers that recognise the fundamental role of the commons and the importance of free learning for social transformation. They are marking the contour lines for a new relational, social approach based on commons, learning through commoning and commoning through learning that goes far beyond education.
Let's start with a conversation
Further, learning communities, drawing on their own experiences of learning as a commons  have so much to offer and provide inspiring examples where rather than a  solitary or competitive individual endeavor, learning becomes an  opportunity for connection, collaboration and empowerment. This  kind of learning links knowledge and practice and is essential for  supporting and sustaining communities in moving forward to construct a  new society on the commons.
So how can bridges between commoners, unschoolers, life long learners and other communities be built? Let's start with a conversation. We invite you to participate in a discussion on this topic.
We  propose to realize collective calls periodically around ‘learning as a commons’ to bring activists and thinkers that have lead some of these learning initiatives together to share experiences and to improve the circulation of ideas and practices.
How do we identify the different approaches that are taking place around the commons and transformative learning? We propose three criteria:
  1. From identity: Do these initiatives identify with the commons? If so how? Do these initiatives identify with the deschooling movement ? If so how?
  1. From it’s form: How is the initiative organised? Is it a practice of commoning? Self -organised such as community learning or is it institutionally driven?
  1. From it’s content: Is the agenda, the learning material, currícula is about various practices of commoning?
It is not necessary for an initiative to feature all three criteria, any one is sufficient, for example unschooling may be organised as a commons but the content may not be about commons, and unschoolers might not self identify as a commoners, however the form can very well resemble a practice of commoning.
278 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Kevin Flanagan 278 days ago
Kevin F 1.30pm After the University we are going for lunch Nidiaci 
Silke H 02:30pm
Kevin F Working sessions with Nidiaci - / Florence Commons Forum / Content according to the process
Presentations and discussion
Meetings until 4pm
Short Break for Coffee 15/20 mins
Wrap up meeting at Nidiaci until 7pm
Jason leaves for pickup at 7pm
We go for dinner
We then will have Wed Free
282 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Kevin Flanagan 282 days ago
250 euro from transformaps
535 (AirBnB) 530 Euro + City Tax (2.50pp) 
100 (Place B) Vincent
  •  Home Stay - Jason / Food Shopping for Dinner on the 11th / 65
130 = 10 each x 13 - (9th Dinner)  
240 = 16 x 15 (10th Dinner) 
75 = 5 X 15 (10th Lunch)  
  •   11th Dinner at Jasons
150 = 10 x 15 (meals 12th Mondegi)  
60 = 12 x 5 (13th Lunch)  
150 AVG = 12 x (6-10) + drinks 13th Dinner Pizza   
60  = 12 x 5 (14th - Lunch)   Donation
150 - Bus to/from Mondeggi 
20 Euro (Jason Gas) 
total 1800
309 days ago
  • Intro
Up to $5k seed funding for 5-7 labs,  anywhere in the world before 21 August 2017. The outcomes of the labs will be presented at a special science-policy session in Stockholm on 24 August 2017. Ultimately, our vision is for the labs to feed into the UN’s High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2018 which is framed as “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”. 
  • Application
● The title of the SDG Lab 
Wendy B
  • Intermapping Lab - an International Deep Dive* of Mapping Initiatives
Maps co-determine the way we perceive the world around us.  Mapping generates action as it guides the way we explore, assess, experience  and interpret the world. Maps and mapping are universally understood and contribute in a very palpable way to developing "world-views". In fact, maps change perceptions - this is too powerful to be left in the hands of huge corporations and their proprietarian platforms, or to be walled off by government and other institutions. 
Thadeus P
  • The 'me' in here may be a little too figurative.
The Intermapping Lab brings together technical people and non-technicians who have all produced:
• SSH maps and Transformap platform for the solidarity economy, including coops, local currencies, coworking hubs, degrowth think and do tanks, and social inclusion models, 
• Green Maps and OpenGreenMap platform for local sustainable living practicalities, nature and culture such as bike shops, solar sites, community gardens, eco centers and even toxic hot spots,
• community engagement processes and map marketing.
Staying abreast of innovation in mapping, data visualization and open data, we are software developers, designers, practiiioners, and researcher-activists, experienced in professional, hack and cooperative settings. The core team connected first over the Transformap http://transformap.co/  when Green Map provided its set of 170 icons for this platform in 2015. We met in 2016 and began planning the Intermapping for March - your timing is a great match for this Lab.  
  • Vision:
Collaboratively create a digital world wide atlas that is free, open and community governed. This altas - an interoperable map of maps - displays and links the enormous diversity of free, fair and sustainable production schemes and livelihoods, both in rural and urban contexts. 
  • Goal:
Our goal is to exchange and articulate a common framework for shared data beyond our own maps and processes. We will test this framework by applying it in a concrete region with assistance from local activists - namely the region around Florence. This will show the potential for how mapping alternatives can expand from the local to the global level. 
Mapping strategists and practitioners from several international projects will be invited by the group of conveners composed by members from ... Transformap: open source solidarity mapping platform-in-development (transformap.co) based in Germany and Austria
Green Map: 20 year old locally-led sustainability mapping movement activating communities in 65 countries (GreenMap.org) based in New York;
Ripess: international network that connects social solidarity economy networks throughout the world (ripess.org) based in all continents.
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  • I deleted the malicious part and replaced it with ... if you copy and pasted the text from somewhere else, please do so again.
This group identified the need for an international Deep Dive (Lab) at an informal meeting during the World Social Forum (WSF) 2016 in Montreal. As we developed the concept further, we have invited participation from experts from Shareable, Open Street Map, Ushahidi, Wikidata / Data Commons, Solidarius Italy, Solidarity Economics Institute, ESSGlobal - Open Linked Data, Italia Che Cambia, Remix the Commons, Sarapis, Goteo, Vientos and the Latin American mapping community, with a maximum of 20 participants.
Thadeus P
  • Confirmed organisations:
Wendy B XES - Network for Solidarity Economy Catalunya, Sharable (US), SolidarityEconomy.org (UK), Italia Che Cambia (Italy), Netzwerk Solidarische Ökonomie (Germany), Signos Irapuato (Mexico), Commons Recovery Foundation (Mexico), Commons Strategies Group (international), SolidarityEconomics.org (UK), TransforMap (international), Center of International Studies (Portugal) 
Silke H
  • JON; help us with adding the ORGANIZATIONS of those geek guys that need to be there & need funding!! f.i. we still don#t have anybody from OSM, nor from WIKIDATA nor from USHAHIDI or other geeks ... from the original list. Can you help with this
  • Jon: What is the potential for Prototypes of what we are doing, some language needed as well 
Thadeus P
  •     Editor that allows all users to add such alternatives is early alpha, but usable. Right now still bound to the SSEDAS or some improvised TransforMap taxonomy. 
Silke H
  • JON; please scroll down to the question "WHAT INNOVATIONS COME OUT OF THIS" ..? (and and put the names here and not only in the spreadsheet)
  • Here is for confirmed names, no?
  •     12 confirmed
  •     5 us
  •     3 left
Silke H
  • ---> pLEASE NOTE: THe mix of ppl is CRUCIAl, more crucial than the number
  • Confirmed individuals:
Silke H Ana Margarida Esteves, Center of International Studies (Portugal)
Thadeus P Mariana Maltas - RIPESS (Portugal)
Kevin F Matt Wallis - SolidarityEconomics.org (Great Britain)
Thadeus P Anna O'Neill - yunity / community care (Ireland)
Robert Orzanna - transformaps / independent (Germany)
Wendy B Claudia Gómez Portugal - / Mexico
Kevin F Nathalie Castiaux 
Wendy B Anna Fernandez from XES Catalunia (Pam-a-Pam)
Thadeus P Tom Llewellyn - Shareable, (U.S. of A.)
Frauke Hehl - workstation berlin, (Germany)
Jason N Vincent Calame - Socioeco.org (France)
Anna Lisa Pecoriello - CIVISM-Firenze Bene Comune (Italy)
Wendy B Jason Nardi - RIPESS Europe
Silke - Common Strategies Group (Germany)
Thadeus P Kevin Flanagan - Ireland
Wendy Brawer - GreenMap (U.S. of A.)
Jon Richter - transformaps, Ecobytes (Germany)
Our starting point is the recognition of TAPAS: 'There Are Plenty of AlternativeS', i.e. we will start honoring the work already done to map the places and projects at varying scales wherever they are. Exploring the challenges and potentials of mapping TAPAS together and doing it in a commons-friendly way leads us to a federated system of maps based on shared ideas and principles. An initial proposal for conceptualizing  mapping based on a commons framework has been made and will serve as a starting point for our debate.
Silke H We will articulate a common framework and the initial design of an open and interoperable platform for shared data about the diversity of alternatives to a growth-driven economy. 
Wendy B We will test this framework by applying it in a concrete region around Florence. At the local level, the start of an alternatives map will be created.  This will show the potential for how mapping alternatives can expand from the local to the global level and allow to create connections and collaborations, that can result in new forms of economic intelligence (Such alternatives are characterized by: short supply chains, collective distribution systems,  direct user-consumer-producer exchanges, local exchange trade systems,  platform cooperative practices...)
Report and clarification of future steps in the overall process for presentation in Stockholm.
The first article about the Intermapping can be found here - http://bit.ly/P2PproDay
Focused participation during the Lab, expanding to involve local residents.
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Kevin F Initiatives of the Convergence for Post Capitalist Transition
French Language Translation coming soon
Join the group initiative on the FSM site
Join the mailing list for discussion
We are collecting links for documentation of FSM activities here -
439 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by yves@percolab.com , Kevin Flanagan , Jason Nardi , Wendy Brawer 439 days ago
Mapping Convergence Meetings
yves@percolab.com Oct 3rd Notes
Kevin F TIME - 6pm CEST / 1hr duration please join the call early to avoid technical issues we will aim to start on time
yves@percolab.com Participants : 
Kevin Flanagan
Yves Otis
1. RIPESS will contribute :  1 000  €
2. Venue/Date : March 2017
Kevin F
  • Considering options for long weekends.
  • Do we need a venue that provides accommodation or it might be easier to find a standalone venue and separate accomodation arrangements.
Jason looking at 3 possible places : 
Jason N
  • Downtown Florence - may be expensive (for lodging - but can have solidarity acommodation)
  • Farm house outside Florence (occupied farm-> a commons farm) great for meeting, but pretty basic for lodging - Also have option for a day trip
  • Countryside 40km outside Florence (14/15 pers)
Next step
  • Work on a summary document clarifiying intent, purposes
  • Based on Silke's/Transformap proposal and this wiki
  • What are we trying to achieve? What impact?
  • Once it is mapped, what after? is it only the process of mapping?
TIME - 6pm CEST / 1hr duration please join the call early to avoid technical issues we will aim to start on time.
Kevin Flanagan
Jason N Jason Nardi
  • Ripess: according to Jason 1000 Euro
  • Who else can help to pool some money for general expenses or cross-financing for air-fares?
  • Who will NOT be able to pay for his/her own ticket?
For Ripess (2-3): 
Jason Nardi, Solidarius Italy/ Ripess Europe  
Matt Wallis, Solidarity Economics Institute, UK (Jason)
Kevin F Mariana Maltas, ESSGlobal - Open Linked Data (Jason)
Jason N Luca Asperius, Italia che cambia www.italiachecambia.org,  (Jason)
Kevin F
  • 7. Summary Description
We would like to invite you to join us for Mapping the Commons in March 2017.
The camp will be in the form of in the form of a Deep Dive shall allow for an in-depth analysis of the existing challenges to a distributed, semantic mapping process.
What are the questions we are trying to address?
How does mapping support the strategic development of commons and SSE initiatives?
Will there be a public event?
Visiting local initiatives.
How does mapping impact communities.
Online element connecting and mapping with local communities.
Facilitation? Is it required? How would it work?
Framework for shared data beyond our own maps and processes.
376 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Kevin Flanagan 376 days ago
UPDATE: SIlke's e-mail Nov 23 with draft Invitation in attachment
Kevin F InterMapping :Deep dive of international mapping initiatives
We invite you to join us for a very special camp on March 9th - 15th 2017: Mapping the Plenty of Alternatives as a Commons     [NOTE Silke: have the dates already been decided? I could not find the final decision in  this pad Mapping Convergence Meetings Updated notes, also - we said that it would be a week, at least 5 days to  connect people, deep dive and exemplary mapping of a region, 3-5 is WAY too short. Please let's clarify ASAP Jason Nardi, Kevin Flanagan)]    in/near Florence/ Italy. "The camp" takes the form of a Deep Dive,  allowing us to make an in-depth analysis of the existing challenges to a common but distributed, semantic mapping process among different mapping projects which all share one thing: they challenge the dominant way of mapping society and economy.

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