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Co-Creation Lab Commons Sense: Let’s Create a Bottom-Up European Democracy

22 June 2020 - 30 June 2020

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About the event

In the framework of the Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities (CCSC) project, European Cultural Foundation and the University of Antwerp, in cooperation with l’Asilo, Boekman Foundation and Trans Europe Halles organised a digital co-creation lab Commons Sense: Let’s Create a Bottom-Up European Democracy which took place on the 22nd and the 29-30th of June 2020.

On 22 June we hosted the introductory webinar to the event. During the webinar, we presented the CCSC project and discussed a few of the main themes and challenges that the project is dealing with.

On 29-30 June we hosted the actual Co-Creation Lab. 12 teams spent two days working on three challenges together. You can find their proposals below.

Resources for the Co-Creation Lab

Here is a list of all the resources used in preparation for the co-creation lab:

CCSC Charter of Principles

CCSC Covid-19 Statement

CCSC Overview: presentation by the project’s research team Violante Torre and Maria Francesca De Tullio

User’s Guide to the Co-Creation Lab

Co-Creation Lab – An Overview: presentation by Birgitta Persson and Angela María Osorio Mendez

EU, Local Level and Cultural Policy. How They (Should) Interact?: presentation by European Commission, Maciej Hofman

Values of Culture and Creativity: lecture transcript by Joost Heinsius

The Commons as Ecosystems for Culture: work by the research group from l’Asilo.

Mapping of EU Projects, Policies, Programmes, and Networks: a policy report by Dr Miranda Iossifidis.

Artistic Contribution by Goran Tomka.

Video Resources From the Introductory Webinar:

Videos of three parallel sessions of the introductory webinar:

  • Commons Sense | Challenge 1: The commons as ecosystems for culture after Covid-19 – by l’Asilo. Facilitated by Maria Francesca De Tullio (University of Antwerp)
  • Commons Sense | Challenge 2: Co-Creating Cultural Policies in Cities to Foster Cohesion and Inclusion. Facilitated by Marjolein Cremer (European Cultural Foundation)
  • Commons Sense | Challenge 3: Building spaces of encounter between local and EU level. Facilitated by Violante Torre (European Cultural Foundation).

What Happened During the Co-Creation Lab?

First reactions from the co-creation lab participants

During the digital co-creation lab, 12 teams worked on three challenges. After 2 days of intense co-creation, they came up with final proposals. Take a look at them below:

Challenge 1: Commons as Ecosystems for Culture After Covid-19
  • Plotforming Bakers by Matina Magkou, Codruța Simionescu, Julia Gouin, Uta Richter and Julien Gastelo
  • Van Gogh – Programme by Ana Sofía Acosta Alvarado, Natalie Crue, Dries Van de Velde, Michel Jacquet, Benedetta Parenti
  • Team 4 by Alice Borchi, Rafael Bresciani, Marije Nie, Michael Dobbie, Jules Desgoutte
Challenge 2: Co-Creating Cultural Policies In Cities
  • Concordia by Reem Maghribi, MariiaVarnava, Adrian Plesca,
    María Jesús Morillas and LisanneCorijn
  • Collaboration Magic by Felicita Marcelli, Dries van der Velde, Michal Hladký, Ola Jakobson, Camilla Crosta and Zuzana Révészová
Challenge 3: Building Spaces of Encounter Between Local and EU Levels.
  • Artcross by Ketevan Paitchadze, Mika Tbileli, Nicoloz Tbileli
  • Glocal Spaces by Jeroen Barendse, Viola Bernacchi, Mette Slot Johnsen, Cecilia Iaconelli, Marije Nie and Zane Estere Gruntmane
  • Team 2 by Marcela Arreaga, Djamila Boulil, Diana Filimon, Carlotta Scioldo and Emmanuel Pidoux
  • Cooperative Autonomies by Daniele Pallotta, Giorgio Bacchiega, José Miguel Pereira, KittiBaracsi and Gaia Del Giudice
  • The European Stargate Team by Bart Grugeon, IlieRădoi, Kathrine Richter and Asli Samadova
  • Team 7 by Paula Moore, Katarina Scott, Marije Nie and MatejaStanislava Rot.
  • Spiritual Commoning by Michael Dobbie, Sonya Armaghanyan, Evan Reinhold, Marije Nie, Mateja Stanislava Rot.

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