I'll be attending the COMMUNIA meeting in Barcelona on October 1-2,
2009. I look forward to contributing to ways of self-rating the openness
of a university, and to the future of university-level education in
general, which will be key at the final June 28-30, 2010 conference of
COMMUNIA in Torino, Italy.
I also ask Minciu Sodas participants to contribute ideas to the COMMUNIA
recommendations for European Union policy regarding the Public Domain:
user: communia_private password: com9628mu
I plan to stay longer in Barcelona to practice my Spanish and to make
contacts, especially with "independent thinkers". I am looking for
inexpensive places to stay there and organizations where I might co-work
and have Internet access.
I note two events of interest: The International Forum on Free Culture
and Knowledge takes place in Barcelona from October 29 to November 1.
and I include more info below.
Franz Nahrada alerts us to the Clear Village Lab on November 5-7 in
Barcelona to bring together "global village" experts for co-creating a
sustainable village. http://www.clear-village.org/lab
"I submitted a
successful application to the clear village design workshop in Barcelona
and I encourage everyone here to have a look at their site and submit an
application. www.clear-village.org. It is simply amazing and something I
have been waiting for since 14 years, since the parc BIT design contest
which ended and worked out so trivially. Its totally in alignment with
the very core of the GIVE project."
The Clear Village effort is very impressive, but they don't seem yet to
have fully embraced the "open source" approach that Franz and I and
others champion. The "lab" will license its contributions under a
Creative Commons license, whereas the associated "contest"
gives the organizers "the option to
use the rights for production on an exclusive basis and without time
Franz, would you give away your ideas (and our support for your ideas)
on such terms?
Franz also alerts us: "Michel Bauwens, Phoebe Moore, Nathans Cravens and
others are convocating a workshop on virtual collaboration platforms in
Manchester also at the beginning of November. I alert Andrius and those
in our network active on the tools side to see if they can participate.
I see very important practical endavours emerge from there. "
I appreciate help in thinking through my trip.
+370 699 30003
INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON FREE CULTURE & KNOWLEDGE
Barcelona, October 29 to November 1st2009
There is in motion the celebration of an International Forum on free
culture and knowledge from October 29 to November 1st 2009 at Barcelona.
This is the opportunity to join under the same roof and from a critical
perspective, the main organizations and active voices in the free
culture and knowledge world; a meeting point to sit down, dance and work
together setting common agendas, strategies and address disagreements.
In this regard, the Forum is action-oriented. Besides that, there are
the conditions to get the visibility to reach a wider public and point
out another perspective about knowledge, culture and creativity,
different to the one that the entertainment industry and universities
insists in showing us.
In January 2010, Spanish State will take up the European Presidency of
the European Union. Spanish Government has already announced that one of
their flagships will be reinforcing the control of the Internet and
criminalizing the sharing culture in the digital environment. The
consequences of those decisions will be noticed in the rest of the
world. Furthermore, within this context, Barcelona is closing agreements
with cultural institutions to set new agreements to get a fairer sharing
of copyrights. These agreements will be spread to other institutions in
Catalonia and Spanish State.
In October 29th, this year Barcelona will hold the Second Edition of the
Oxcars Festival, an international event to honor the defense of culture
and to show that other creation channels, as good and with as much
quality as traditional ones, exist. The last edition was a success with
more than 2000 participants. It brought the attention both of an
interested public and of media. You can find more information about last
year show athttp://exgae.net/exgae-multiply-and-share-forth/theoxcars.
In the Spanish State, there are very active organizations, movements and
persons related to free culture from different perspectives, offering a
very rich sharing space and a source of new proposals from where to
launch an international process. In this regard, from several worldwide
voices, like during the last World Social Forum (Belem do Para Brazil
2009) is recognized the necessity to create international spaces for
networking, coordination and building of a global frame of the free
culture and knowledge issue, analyse similarities and develop common
agendas; the Free Culture Forum of Barcelona aims to create such space.
What: Combine advocacy and building of infrastructure
The forum's main objectives are on the one hand building networks to
optimize the efforts of the different groups and fixing common demands
against contents industry and government proposals in its eagerness to
control culture and information and to self-organize to build
infrastructure to sustain free culture; and on the other hand
reinforcing the self-organization of tools and infrastructure to support
The schedule and methodology of the Forum is organized in 3 days
* October 29th: Celebration of the Oxcars Free Culture Awards Festival.
* October 30th: Panels presentation of key experiences from around the
globe and discussion on the key issues.
* October 31th: Working groups around the key issues of the Forum and
open space to meetings from participants initiatives.
* November 1st: Finish placing in common the results and initiatives
from the meetings and working groups in order to identify a common
future agenda and manifesto.
LEGAL PERSPECTIVES AND USERS ACCESS: From a legal point of view, we will
try to identify holes and flexibilities in national regulations and
International agreements to look for a strategy against the abuses of
knowledge and culture policies both in private and contractual relations
and against the international public policies.It is necessary to
consider users rights before culture. Last years tendency has broken the
balance between user and consumer rights and producer and creators which
must be reestablished.
EDUCATION AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT: Opposed to the corporative approach
to education, there is a new approach based on the idea of sharing and
keeping up solidarity. New ways of managing knowledge created by public
funded research and innovative research methodologies taking into
account social movements as knowledge generators. It is also about
taking advantage of the new educational tools and the dissemination of
knowledge that Internet and digital culture have provided. Little by
little, new initiatives for use and creation of materials without
copyrights and proposals to extend limitations and exceptions to those
rights with educational aims are emerging.
ECONOMIES, NEW P2P MODELS AND SUSTAINABLE DISTRIBUTION: Also for
Economy, culture and knowledge management are basic. In the last few
years, more and more voices are questioning the costs for society and
its development of cultural and knowledge exploitation models that are
based on exclusive rights with too long life span. Favored by the
Internet, focus of economy has moved from property to access. Free
Culture philosophy, inherited from free software is the empirical proof
that a new ethic and new businesses based on knowledge democratization
are possible. Intermediaries disappear and author becomes producer of
FREE SOFTWARE AND KNOWLEDGE SHARING HACKER PHILOSOPHY: Even when the
term hackers is usually used by media with negative connotation, around
this movement alternative actions have been developed with a clear
philosophy of defense of user's rights from a perspective of a common
conscience which promotes freedom of knowledge and social justice.
Hackers movement have also build key platforms and tools for a free
ORGANIZATIONAL LOGIC AND POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF FREE CULTURE:
Critically reflect on the emerging collective action organizational and
democratic features related to free culture experiences (such as the
remix culture, prosumerirsm, descentralised organizing and open and
participative principles), looking to strains and weaknesses, and to
discuss on their political implications and the emerging institutional
logic. Furthermore, a critical analysis on the â€œdarkâ€� side of
technology and the risk linked to its uses, such as increase of
surveillance, control and concentration of benefits over collectively
The Forum infrastructure is provided by Exgae, Networked Politics, Free
knowledge Institute and the collaboration of Students For Free Culture
Newsletter of informations:
Organization contact: info@...