A project to explore how the commons transform public action in Europe
Waypoint at Brest in Common – 5 oct 2019

In October 2019, we took advantage of the Brest commons festival to bring together the project partners and cross paths with the first three of the study trips to Bologna and Turin, Brussels and Ghent and Barcelona. On this occasion, we asked the participants to these mobilities to tell us what made the substance their trips, just to travel a bit with them, too. The afternoon was spent collectively documenting on the various mechanisms identified during the trips to support the commons: legal, economic models, etc.

TIME 1: “Words of travelers”

For Italy, Xavier Perrin (city of Grenoble) and Hélène Magueur (Brest Métropole) lent themselves to the game, interviewed by Solène Berry (27th Region), and joined in the discussions by the participants of the day. (french)

For Spain, Laura Pandelle (27th Region) and Solenn Balbous (city of Brest) shared the ideas and the nuggets gathered in Barcelona in a debate led by Benoit Vallauri (Ti Lab).

For Belgium, Pauline Denissel, contributor to Anis and Nadège Guiraud, 27th Region, lent themselves to the interview game on the questions of Elisabeth Le Faucheur from the City of Brest.

TIME 1bis: “Sharing ideas”

To conclude this sharing time, Alessandra Quarta presented her research on the gE.CO project that she is currently carrying out at the University of Turin. The project aims to create a platform to bring together and support formal groups or informal communities of citizens who manage fab-labs, hubs, incubators, co-creation spaces, and social centers created in urban wasteland regenerated …


TIME 2: Exploring mechanisms serving the commons

This meeting was also an opportunity to explore together the mechanisms and levers at the service of commons. By small group and on the basis of resaerch carried out upstream, we were interested in several themes: regulations, new professions of public action, platforms, innovative financing methods, solidarity-based real estate, etc.

Taking the time to read, to take an interest in a specific tool and to detail its functioning was a rich exercise that you can find here: economic models, legal forms of governance, new professions, digital platforms.

TIME 3: Landing & next steps

The day ended with a sharing of our respective discoveries and learnings and with a focus on the next stages of the project:

Departure for Greece on November 17 with Christine, Solène, Bénédicte, Pierre, Romain, Emmanuelle, Stéphane, Julien and Solène.
Launch of the Horizon Public publication dedicated to Commuos and public action on November 27 in Paris
Meeting in Lille for the Roumics on December 6 & 7!
Departure for Amsterdam and Rotterdam on December 9.

Leads for collective work to follow:

– A travel analysis grid (which themes have we explored, which ones we want to dig deeper, open up, etc.);

– A range of public actor positions facing the commons;

– Build the next trips in 2020 in a more distributed manner, depending on the topics to be identified identified by each of the partners.


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