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.
Kevin FThis is an initiative to converge on the ”new thinking about learning”, 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” has always reshaped society, the way we think about it and our own thought, learning is completely related with living and becomes a natural way of being. Most of our lives we are programmed, from toddlers to adults most people today experience enclosed learning, learning in a contradictory and contra-productive way. Some realize this and begin a journey to rediscover their own learning, and move forward to autonomous and free learning, we stumble upon the need to unlearn, to 'learn to learn' differently, to decolonise our minds. This deschooling happens naturally when we find ourselves totally involved in our own learning and relating to each other in new and different ways.
Schools of commons and experiences of commoning are emerging in many places around the world, important learning places to regenerate and recover commons, where communities are regenerating themselves, and self-directed learning communities for youth and children are arising faster both in South and North, they offer a big picture of what “learning as a commons” is.
These places where people are learning to regenerate and recover commons are starting points to build bridges from the learning of the commons and the experience of commoning, to other ”learning communities" that are marking the contour lines of a new learning beyond education
as well as different ways to relating to each other.
Two examples of these places where people are learning to defend commons are Shikshantar in the India and the Universidad de la Tierra in Mexico, both are totally made through free and autonomous learning, and lead by two activists that recognise the fundamental role and importance of commons appraoches to learning for people today.
We propose three criteria to access the different approaches that are taking place around transformative learning:
from it’s form - Is the initiative itself organised as a practice of commoning? Self -organised or institutionally driven for example.
from it’s content - is the agenda, learning material, currícula about various practices of commoning.
from identity - do these initiative identify with the commons? if so how? and how are their operating rules agreed.
It is not necessary for an initiative to feature all three criteria, any one is is sufficient, for example homeschooling may be organised as a commons but the content is not likely to be about commons, and homeschoolers might not self identify as a commons, however the form can very well be a practice of commoning.
We propose to realize collective calls periodically around ‘learning as a commons’, to share different experiences and bring activists and thinkers that have lead some of these learning experiences, to improve the interaction among these experiences and promote better circulation of ideas and practices.
Finally…learning links knowledge and practice and is essential in moving forward to construct a new society on the commons. 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.