Info for the next call:
The aim now is to host regular calls every Monday.
The next cal is Monday 5th Sept 19:00 CET, 13:00 EST
There was a low turn out last week so if the times don’t work for you let us know.
Be sure to read the list of initiatives. This call is also open to those who could not attend the forum.
The call will be through English.
Please RSVP to confirm your participation by emailing Kevin.
You can reach him by email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will aim be online 15 mins before start time to help with connection issues.
In line with values expressed in the initiatives please use FLOSS (free libre open source software) as much as possible for communications. The call will be on Jitsi as an alternative to Skype and Google. Please test Jitsi works with your browser in advance of the call. The invitation is open for more technical participants to connect and share knowledge and learning with non techies.
The meeting room is – https://meet.jit.si/CommonsSpace
Please turn off video as this can be demanding on bandwidth and also press mute when not speaking to avoid call interference and feedback.
It is also good to have a backup option. For this it is proposed to use https://www.freeconferencecall.com/
Here is a list of local numbers you can call from your country http://bit.ly/FreConf
Once you call follow the instructions and enter the following code 2393366# to join.
In advance of the call to learn more about who is joining please introduce yourself on the mailing list and include information about initiatives/projects/organisations you are involved with and your interest in the initiatives proposed during the convergence. Which you can review below and here https://fsm2016.org/en/groupes/initiatives-of-the-convergence-for-post-capitalist-transition/
You can volunteer and assist in keeping minutes and notes from the call on the pad –
On Wed 10th of August over 150 people attended the Convergence on Post Capitalist Transition at the 2016 World Social Forum in Montreal. It was clear from the many discussions and initiatives present that ‘There are Plenty of Alternatives’ to capitalism and neoliberalism. Following the convergence activists convened at the WSF Agora on Sat 13th of August and came to agreement to work together on common goals and actions.
For updates and developments see https://commonsspace.hackpad.com/Initiatives-of-the-Convergence-for-Post-Capitalist-Transition-V6Oc6IeAM7M
and sign up to the mailing list http://lists.p2pfoundation.net/wws/review/wsf2016
Over the next 3 months from Sept to Nov 2016 the initiators of the Post-Capitalist Convergence will host a series of online dialogues with the aim of supporting networking and the creation of working groups for shared actions –
1) To transition to a post-capitalist society and challenge capitalism on local, regional, national and international levels by building political power, through participatory democracy, local assemblies and economic democracy.
2) To support and extend trans-national networks of solidarity.
3) To share knowledge and experiences of transition initiatives, in all their diversity, through both networking and popular education.
4) To develop policies and practices to support inclusive initiatives that respect women, gender diversity, ethnic, religious and cultural diversity.
5) To support the creation and issue of alternative and community currencies.
6) To move away from societies based on mass consumption towards societies where resources are cared for, upcycled, recycled and shared. This also requires political action and transformation to move beyond economics based on extractivism.
7) To use non-corporate communications tools (Dégooglisation). To Support Independent media and control of communications infrastructure that respect and protect the privacy and free expression of activists based on Free Libre Open Source Software.
8) To get the influence of big money out of politics.
9) At a fringe meeting in the context of the World Social Forum 2016’s Commons Space, members of Transformap, RIPESS and Greenmap decided to convene for Mapping the Alternatives during a Winter Camp late 2016, early 2017.
With no more than 15 participants – contributors to different movements, programmers and common users among them – this Winter Camp in the form of a Deep Dive shall allow for an in-depth analysis of the existing challenges to a distributed, semantic mapping process. This will help distill collective steps to meet the shared vision.
The concrete aim is to prepare an international mapping happening at a site where caring oikonomies are alive. This event is mainly conceived as a productive open space. It combines various local mapping activities in multiple workshop formats and takes place during 2017.
10) To build a shared political agenda for the advocacy of Commons. To develop Commons Charters for the defence and creation of Commons. Taking inspiration from initiatives such as the Bologna Regulation of the Urban Commons and the Barcelona Procomun declaration.
As a first action in this direction the following call from WSF participants to GSEF participants (Global Social Economy Forum) to adopt Urban Commons Charters –
From participants to the WSF who met in Montreal (August 9th-10th 2016) to the municipal elected officials and actors of the SSE gathering/convening at the GSEF in Montreal (September 7th to 9th 2016).
Proposed by the Commons Space, the Post-capitalist Transition Convergence Assembly, which included many thematic spaces of the WSF (Emancipation, Degrowth , Environment, SSE, Open Technology), invites the GSEF to study and recommend that cities adopt an Urban Commons Charter. The crafting of these charters should be based on the principles of participation and co-creation by all the citizens. These charters should give an institutional, economic and juridical framework for the emergence, self-organisation and sustainability of civic commons initiatives in cities. They also should stay open to contribution by citizens and be part of a proactive participatory decision-making process in all aspects of city life.
GSEF participants can refer to the Charters developed in many European countries, like Italy (97 cities with commons charters), France and its annual festival ‘Cities in Commons’ or Spain, where the city of Barcelona contributed recently, with civil society actors, to the development of a policy framework based on the social and political principles of the Commons.
There is common ground with other initiatives that were presented at the Agora and we hope we can work together on those points.
For further information, Future French language translation, contacts and follow up please see the following pad for details –
We invite all organisations who participated in the convergence and support the initiatives to add their names to the document.
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