Version 3.2_September 2016
Academic Special Session: Infrastructure and organisational patterns for socio-technical commons
As commoning practices become part of mainstream conversations on forms of social organisation, cultivating the right conditions for a thriving commons still presents unresolved challenges and underdocumented territory. Participatory infrastructure is not neutral, and minimal infrastructure - digital, legal and financial - is often required to support the co-production process of a shared resource. The choice of infrastructure exercises a strong influence on group participation patterns. As Lawrence Lessig put it: "The governance is embedded in the code."
Based on an assumption of infrastructural access, as commons networks become increasingly distributed and decentralised the question of equal involvement across digital spaces takes the foreground. Holding shared assets such as trademarks, domain names, data or financial resources often introduces the need for a legal entity. When mistrust of existing financial and legal forms abounds, how can we approach this need and with what consequences?
How, collectively, can we navigate these questions to iterate on infrastructure towards forms simultaneously more fair and freely available, more open yet protective and synergistically leverage the potential of the commons?
In this session we will discuss hands-on knowledge from communities, focusing on organisational patterns as they relate to digital, legal, financial and communications infrastructure. Taking stock of best practices and embrionary experiences, we aim to identify concrete tools for fostering participation and better means of documenting, sharing and replicating these cultural practices.
Start time: 14:30
Track: Global village
Concurrent Special Sessions
- Strategies for degrowth in a Nordic context
- Rethinking Degrowth with Diverse Economies (Panel 2)
- Forging new/old sociocultural systems driven by motives other than growth
- Sufficiency Policy for Sustainable Degrowth
- Education for socio-ecological transformations
- Green Economy and carbon metrics
- In search for sustainable local food systems: Sociometabolic perspectives
- A method and a movement: the progress of the Community Supported Agriculture
- Housing for Degrowth
- Debating work in a degrowth society.