The role of platforms, commons and fablabs
10:30 - 12:10
Emilija STOJMENOVA DUH: Researcher Ljubljana University, Manager of 4P Digital Innovation Hub Slovenia and Fablab Network Slovenia will contribute on how the digital commons could be translated by local production in fablabs and platform connectivity amongst citizens.
- @Michel Bauwens: Founder of P2P Foundation will contribute on the role of commons for 3D printing, sharing of data, protocols and software.Currently active for SMart.
- @Ivonne Jansen-Ding: Member of Code for NL will contribute on the role of platforms to match demand and supply of volunteers (and other relevant services) + links made between several European civil society initiatives.
As a result of our collection of best practices from Social Economy and civil society in the fight against the Corona virus, we decided to share some of them in a first on-line session.
These contributions were translated in some online insights on how the quick response solutions were locally deployed. We have selected 3 related topics and contributors.
Points of discussion
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Short description of our activities, with links:
Ivonne gave a crash introduction in the many open-source civic tech/tools that are developed and are under development in NL and beyond, mainly driven by Code for NL. Also the specific action taken up by Code for NL foundation and how it responded quickly to COVID19.
Some examples of platform development and community knowledge was shared, all collected via their slack channel. A community based online platform that designs solutions and acts trough open data management. Ivonne manages the volunteers and maps their skills to align them with certain projects. 99% of the projects are open source.
Michel highlighted some issues such as the huge defragmentation of many actions and initiatives and how to solve these issues.
The Peer2peer dynamics and digital platforms allow to scale collaboration globally.
When seeing the several stages of community action are more and more and self-organised, for example trough the creation of open source foundation and management of infrastructure of cooperation (governance models are implemented), well known are the FLOSS foundations. A next step is the addition of entrepreneurial coalitions around these commons, for example hat are organised around shared resources (so no protected or patents), such as services and cooperative models. In 2011 it was estimated 1/6 of US GDP was created by such shared resources.
The merit of these type of communities is rapid mobilisation, the issues they usually have is difficult to consolidate and scaling as many of the commons are not well institutionalised. They exist rather 'remote online' and isolated from governments.
Since the Corona crisis these communities are starting to act and step in where institutions are failing (lack of supply chains, austerity in medical provisions, etc.). Michel collected many of them trough a guide. The Bologna regulation (250 cities have a protocol that allows any civil group to make a COVID19 proposal via a city lab or commons lab + a verification mechanism). A city organises now a "quintuple helix" multi stakeholder support structure (resources provided are: space, money, expert, time, media and communication etc). This is a key game-changer: for the first time there a commons approach is regulated and institutionalised.
The role of cities might be also crucial to avoid unnecessary duplication and where market players are integrated. Therefore the open source community should be aligned. The notion of 'protocol coops' is important; a coop (like gitlab) where all the protocols for one function come together. A city can put these together: 'public' 'private' 'commons' cooperation (see also the 4P DIH from Emilija), not only to act in crisis but also as a general local economic regeneration.
To prepare for a next crisis, this institutionalisation is key to further establish the role of a civic action and quick response locally to any shock. Michel highlights three tools that might help on global level:
Covid-19 Industrial Clusters Response Portal: https://www.clustercollaboration.eu/coronavirus
This webpage supports the efforts of industrial clusters to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 epidemic in Europe. Over 1100 offers from companies were already channelled to the European Commission via clusters with the support from the European Cluster Alliance.
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Links and contributions by participants
|Open Doc made by some participants to make notes and links|