Making Worlds grows out of an understanding that Occupy itself is a form of commoning, a process in which everyone can participate, every voice can contribute, an open movement that belongs to no one and to everyone. Through holding conversations in communities around the city among organizations, activists and others, we aim to create links between the Occupy movement, the Commons movement, activist organizations and people who may not consider themselves activists. This way we can become visible to each other and work together on our common problems.
We are organizing our second Making Worlds Forum, “BUILDING THE COMMONS”, to be held in March 29-30, 2013. We envision 2 days of workshops and conversations on how to build spaces and projects for a politics, technology, culture, and an economy of, by and for the 99%.
This year, we would like to open up space for a horizontal conversation with a strong focus on the concrete processes of commoning that are taking place or could take place in New York City now. Instead of the usual format of speaker presentations followed by discussion, we would like to see if an open conversation can take place in which knowledge and experience are shared horizontally. We acknowledge and value all the projects, processes, investigations and networks people are building in their daily lives and in their collaborations with others.
In order to have a common point of departure we are posing the following questions to reflect on projects that have taken place around the city and to launch a new commons space project to link and strengthen commons groups.
The questions are:
1) How are people in NYC creating common spaces? 2) How can commoning efforts support and strengthen each other? 3) How do communities identify with and participate in the process of commoning? 4) How can commoning be a form of resistance to neoliberal privatization?
We would like to finish the conversation with the creation of a tool for commoning spaces. This responds to a sense we have regarding the amazing speed with which many projects have started in the city, but without strong links among them. The goal will be to learn about them and to connect them.
We invite you to participate in the conversation! Welcome to the Paradigm Shift! Everyone’s invited! Come join us in Making New Worlds.
Upcoming: Next Making Worlds meeting will be on Saturday March 9 at 4pm at the Goethe Institute, Wyoming Building, 5 E. 3rd Street (at Bowery)