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Idea Camp 2015

28 Feb 2015

ONLINE RESOURCES : We have produced a wide range of audiovisual and written material which you can access on this page, our YouTube channel, Flickr Album and in the Build the City Online Resources Lab.


  • Idea Camp 2015 day to day compilation (3 videos)
  • Idea Makers present their ideas (48 x 1min videos)
  • Idea Talks (2 videos): ‘Commons and the City’ by Michel Bauwens and “When Commoning Strategies Travel” by Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe
  • Conversations with guests and speakers (3 videos) featuring Michel Bauwens and Kevin Flanagan, Heike Löschmann, Nicolas Krauss and Julien Wössner, Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe
  • Interviews with partners, hubs and guests (15 videos)

Further reading and downloads:


CONVERSATIONS ON THE COMMONS, hosted by Vivian Paulissen, Knowledge Manager at ECF


The Idea Camp brings together 50 Idea Makers: creators, technologists and educators – who work in an open, sharing and collaborative environment on the development of ideas that will shape our cities. Speakers include Michel Bauwens, founder of the P2P Foundation, and urban anthropologist Dr. Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe, who have talked about how commoning practices can have a positive influence over societies and urban living. The master of ceremony was Dougald Hine.

Here is a glimpse of some of the questions that were tackled at the Idea Camp 2015 by Idea Makers from a wide spectrum of different sectors who have come together from more than 20 countries across wider Europe:

  • How to use open source/open data to match corporate construction ‘leftovers’ with community building project needs in Spain?
  • How to start a commons policy-making charter for Europe?
  • How to push bottom-up change in urban planning by engaging communities with public parks in Moldova’s capital Chisinau through open-air film screenings?
  • How to make a point about sustainability through greening the conference building area at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris?
  • How to make sure children in the city have rights to access the city in future?
  • How do migration and integration issues create a need for new business models and services, like starting a refugee-run garden kitchen that sells to restaurant owners in Gaziantep, Turkey?
  • What do new financing models for housing schemes across Belgrade and southern Europe look like?

On the third day (25 September) of the Idea Camp, the programme was open to wider participation. Some of Europe’s most engaged foundations, local policy makers, opinion makers, city developers and cultural and civic organisations have debated how to “Build the City” together.

We have created a Lab on our online community platform ECF Labs which links to online videos and texts – resources that deal with issues related to the Commons, the City and Culture. A unique collection of material by speakers and collaborators of the Idea Camp 2015.


ECF’s Idea Camp is a three-day collaborative working platform organised within the framework of Connected Action for the Commons, a network and action research programme led by ECF together with six cultural organisations from across Europe: Culture 2 Commons – Alliance Operation City, Clubture Network, Right to the City – (Croatia), Les Tetes de l’Art (France), Krytyka Polityczna (Poland), Oberliht (Moldova), Platoniq – Goteo (Spain), and Subtopia (Sweden). The 2015 edition of the Idea Camp is hosted by Subtopia with the support of the Municipality of Botkyrka.

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