Which parts of commons theory can be applied to the management of public spaces and what should one consider when applying this theory to the real world? Today’s post explores these questions and goes into detail about my input at the Berlin Senate Department’s Zentrenwerkstatt last week.
So August is now over and most people are back from their summer vacations, which means that it’s time to turn our attention to the (very busy) conference season just around the corner. This year, I’ll be doing a whirlwind tour of four countries in four weeks, with topics from urban commons to EU urban policy.
I’ve uploaded and English-language copy of an article from 2015 about belonging and identity, which I presented in Gdansk at the Smart Metropolia conference. Check out and excerpt here and follow the link at the bottom of the post to download the full article.
In this post, I review the highlights of the Bundeskongress für nationale Stadtentwicklungspolitik 2017, which took place on June 12th & 13th in Hamburg.
Back in January, I took part in the Urban Change Talk about Urban Commons. As part of that event, I also gave a very short video statement in which I talk about what makes urban commons different from other commons types, and what effects multilevel governance and market forces can have on them. Watch the whole video (about 3 minutes long) here.
Today’s post summarizes the main take-home messages from the European Cultural Foundation’s Citizens’ Dialogue ‘Peace through Culture’ on May 10th, 2017.
Looking forward to taking part in the Hacking Urban Furniture conference on April 7th & 8th at the Center for Art & Urbanism. If you’re in Berlin, come by! I wrote an article about the normative power of street furniture for the project which I’ll link to as soon as it’s online.
Back in Germany after summer break in the US. Came home to find my sign in card for the 10th German Congress on National Urban Development Policy waiting for me in the mailbox. Despite my jet lag, I’m really excited to go to Hannover next week and take part in dialogues about urban development!
The documentation of the two conferences that I moderated workshops at in June 2015 (“Successful Approaches for Combatting Unemployment in Europe – BerlinWorks as a Starting Point”) and December 2015 (“Work 4.0 – made in Berlin”) are now available for download in German & English on the Senate Department for Labour, Integration & Women’s Issues website.
In June of 2015, I spoke at the Make_City Festival here in Berlin in the course of the publicity surrounding our newly released book. You can see my quote here around minute 2:00.