From one crisis to another. From the economic crisis of 2008 to the crisis of Covid-19. We have experienced the impact of cuts to public services and we have seen communities and activists respond with mutual aid and self organising spaces of collective care, where communities conceive health and care in an expanded way: not only by providing access to medical services and equipment, but also by providing solidarity in the form of psychological support, defence against domestic violence, support in struggles for housing and income and sustaining environments for cultural production.
This event is intended as a space for the presentation of initiatives and for shared reflection on the ways activists have self organised in response to these crises.
To start the dialogue and introduce participants we will share testimonies and collective experiences in advance of the event.
Online Meeting Room 18:00-20:00 GMT/UTC
The event will take place online and will be hosted on the cooperative conferencing platform meet.coop :
Stories (15 mins)
Fanny Mallinen – Organising against debt
Collective Dialogue (20 mins)
Preparing for the event
- Neighbourhood Struggles and the Right to the City in Grenoble – https://commonhorizons.cc/en/stories-of-experiences-in-grenoble
- History of a housing cooperative – Challenges in creating a commons: London 1986 – Present – https://commonhorizons.cc/en/history-of-a-housing-cooperative-challenges-in-creating-a-commons-london-1986-present/
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Collaborative Note-taking and Multi-Lingual Support
The event will be accompanied by a process of volunteer led, collaborative note-taking, this process will include multi-lingual support whereby the discussion will be directly transcribed into the following languages – English, French, Italian, Spanish. For this reason it is important for all participants to have access to the pads during the event.
What is Common Horizons?
Common horizons (for the common movement) is a proposal based on the recognition of the diversity of gender, de-colonialism (north/south), and the diversity of opinions and ideological approaches that make up the commons movement. It aims to create conditions for collectively addressing strategic issues for the commons informed by a process of open dialogue with the mixed production of documentation in terms of knowledge (academic/practical), culture and languages, forms of expression (modes of expression, analogue/digital, artistic/journalistic…) and of encounter (offline/online). Common Horizons gives continuity to the process started between 2018 and 2020 within the commons movement of the WSFTE (World Social Forum of Transformative Economies) and the process of confluence, for activism and commons practices through Commons Camps