This initiative aspires to support a convergenceof 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 oldtoo often find themselves alienated from the learning process.
A model of mass educationhas proliferated as educational institutions through establishing monopolies on professional certification perpetuate an exclusive approach that defines learning asa privilege available only to those who can afford it. This model of education is akin to a conveyor beltwhich produces 'human resources' and disciplined employees primarily to meetthe 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 furtherthroughgreater 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 learningthat goes far beyondeducation.
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:
From identity:Do these initiatives identify with the commons? If so how? Do these initiatives identify with the deschooling movement ? If so how?
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?
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.
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”.
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 corporationsand their proprietarian platforms, or to be walled off by government and other institutions.
PEOPLE ALWAYS ASK ME WHAT'S ON THE MAPS, SO LET'S EXPLAIN
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.
Collaboratively createa digitalworld 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.
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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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.
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
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 HWe will articulate a common framework and the initial design of an open and interoperable platform for shared dataabout the diversity of alternatives to a growth-driven economy.
Wendy BWe 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.
UPDATE: SIlke's e-mail Nov 23 with draft Invitation in attachment
Kevin FInterMapping :Deep dive of international mapping initiatives
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We invite you to join us for a very special campon March 9th - 15th2017: 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 usto make an in-depth analysis of the existingchallenges 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.