(des)vestim(la): Art and responsible consumption

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Text originally published with Ricard Espelt for CCBLab on 04/02/2019 [versió català / versión castellano] Between art, research and data there is a broad and meaningful space for actions that, based on an inspiring theme, can activate collective creativity. What happens when different techniques and philosophies for the co-creation of knowledge lead us – once again, since that is where they originate – to the terrain of artistic creation, with the desire to generate reflection and extend an invitation to action typical of activism? Midway between action-research and artistic intervention, a group of interdisciplinary specialists came together at El Konvent […]

Ciència procomú i governança

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Text original publicat pel fanzine “Acció política + Design Justice” de la Hackató de Ciència Ciutadana de Barcelona el 02/02/2019 Una de les possibles maneres de veure i entendre diferents paradigmes de participació ciutadana actuals en la ciència i la recerca, alhora que la seva vinculació amb polítiques públiques de ciutat, és des del prisma del Commons o “procomú”. Una mirada que ens permeti enfocar alhora el coneixement que es genera, el seu impacte social (més enllà de l’impacte acadèmic “per se”) i quins són els actors que hi participen en la seva gestació i desenvolupament. Si, per una banda, […]

Cultura de la co-creació i participació digital col·laborativa a Barcelona

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Text original publicat amb Mayo Fuster al blog de Dimmons 19/10/2018 La wiki-data-thon del dia 20 d’Octubre amb motiu de la biennal Ciutat Oberta de Barcelona vol ser un exercici per repensar junts i juntes què vol dir la co-creació de la ciutat. En aquest text tractarem d’oferir, primer, una sèrie d’elements característics del que podem entendre per això de co-creació de la ciutat, des de cert punt de vista, seguit d’una reconstrucció històrica (sempre incompleta) de la co-creació des de Barcelona. La co-creació d’una ciutat pot prendre moltes formes i modalitats. Per exemple des d’una perspectiva urbanística, qualsevol ciutat […]

Towards a data commons

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Text originally published with Mayo Fuster for CCBLab on 15/10/2018 [versió català / versión castellano] The platform economy, a form of peer-to-peer, collaborative or sharing economy, can adopt very diverse models, which pose new challenges for society as well as new opportunities. From the commons models of free software communities or Wikipedia, based on the shared governance of communities, open knowledge and social responsibility, to the extractivist models of Uber or Deliveroo, with a form of governance that follows an extractivist logic, with closed technology and causing disruptive impacts, at the same time generating considerable controversies (like that seen recently in […]

New article – Match-funding as a formula for crowdfunding

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Since crowdfunding first appeared, and with the proliferation of platforms in recent years, various systems and formulas of operation have appeared within the general crowdfunding model. One such system, still in its early days, is match-funding (co-funding between citizens and institutions), which permits public and private organizations to double financial contributions for projects from individual users. This paper focuses on the Goteo.org platform, a pioneer in the international development of this model. The advantages and impact of this method of crowdfunding compared to the traditional method is analyzed using data collected on the behavior in 14 match-funding calls for projects […]

Participation at OpenSym 2018 conference

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Adaptation of text originally published at Dimmons on 27/08/2018  Last week from Dimmons we had the opportunity to participate at the OpenSym18 conference in Paris, the international symposium dedicated to open collaboration research and practice. We were presenting our work in two different areas related to the collaborative economy. On the one hand, we presented an analysis of technological and knowledge practices and their implications for the platform governance of of collaborative digital platforms, based on a sample of 100 cases in Barcelona (a poster authored by Ricard Espelt and Mayo Fuster). On the other one, an analysis of match-funding […]

New article – Collaborative online writing and techno-social communities of practice around the Commons

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Teixidora.net is an informative, participatory initiative in the Barcelona area, which arose from a desire to follow the intense activity around the local commons and technosocial issues. Emphasising ethical and emancipatory viewpoints and encouraging criticism, Teixidora fosters debate, thought and knowledge. It is also a tool (with a digital semantic wiki platform at its centre) conceived to apply collaborative live-writing in events based on community mapping, engagement and participation. Analysing Teixidora’s participation in three specific events during its first year of existence, the article applies Foth and Hearn’s (2007) communication ecology framework to Teixidora. Through observational analysis and other conceptual […]

Testing new materials and dynamics for co-created projects

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Last week was very active for Dimmons with our participation facilitating different workshops, where we had the opportunity to advance in a first version of a platform cooperativism toolkit. Following our collaboration with La Comunificadora, the incubation project of commons collaborative economy initiatives promoted by Barcelona Activa and coordinated by the Free Knowledge Institute, we organized a co-creation session around the LliureTIC project. In that case we prepared a dynamic and materials to identify and discuss among different actors and organizations of the free/libre software sector in Barcelona experiences of products and services, as well as common needs that a collective entity around them could help […]

The user experience in platform cooperativism

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Text originally published with Ricard Espelt for CCBLab on 06/11/2016 [versió català / versión castellano] Some thoughts on the design of collaborative platforms and reputation systems that make it possible to build trust and solidarity networks “Platform Cooperativism” is a fairly recent concept coined by Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider to disrupt the collaborative economy scenario, which is currently dominated by a few “unicorn” corporations and by what many people consider a neo-capitalist perspective. The concept is particularly timely because it coincides with the emergence of new proposals linked to the Social and Solidarity Economy that review the links between […]

Foreword to a review of methodologies for the design & incubation of collaborative platforms

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Text originally published with Mayo Fuster as foreword to A Review of Methodologies for the Design & Incubation of Collaborative Platforms on 06/11/2016 Collaboration, and collaboration supported by digital platforms, does not appear out of the blue. It’s the result of an optimal design, and of development and organizational strategies. In this regard, the question of how to design and support the development of collaborative platform is central for their development. However, the knowledge around such topic still remains largely dispersed and unsystematized. What characterises a positive platform? Which methodologies of its design are available? Which lab and incubating approaches would […]