Commoning Our Democracy — A Civic Conversation on democratic revival
Wednesday 14th March
11am to 1pm
The Studio, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
This event is part of Democracy Day organised by the Building Change Trust.
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The nation-state and its democracy is in crisis and hardly able to contain the forces of disruption that are transnational in scale. But even before the re-emergence of an era of crises, democratic citizens hardly experienced autonomy and co-governance in the important spheres of production and education. In recent years however, we have seen a re-emergence and fast growth of the commons, particularly in the fields of shared knowledge, but also in the mutualization of provisioning systems through urban commons. Can the new forms of co-governance and mutualized property that are characteristic of commoning also have an effect on the renewal of our democratic institutions?
Based on his experiences in projects for the government in Ecuador and the crafting of a Commons Transition Plan for the city of Ghent, Michel Bauwens will offer answers to this question. And all those participating in the seminar will be invited to engage in co-creative, civic conversation about the prospects for 'commoning our democracy' as part of the ecological and social transformations that are needed for humanity to survive.
The event is a part of the Common Interchange of Ordinary Intelligence series of conversational gatherings hosted and facilitated by Voluntary Arts Ireland in partnership with the International Futures Forum, Perspectivity and others. Together we are exploring the prospects for cultural transformation related to economics, politics, ways of living and making a living.
‘We live in an era when the consequences and effects of dominant economic, social and political paradigms are pressing upon people, damaging democracy and fomenting feelings of frustration, helplessness and despair. It is now when creating together, wisely and hopefully, matters most.’