Commons and Cities - common goods, social rights, dignity!

Evey day the crisis of capitalism shows its brutality: war, xenophobia, fascism, fear, death, social and environmental devastation, selfish individualism and poverty. Despite that, at different latitudes of the planet resistant communities, singular experiences of fights, autonomous and mutualism arise.

From the southeast mountains of Mexico to European cities, each with its own practices to contrast social barbarity, each assembling its own small piece in a global clash, articulated on different grounds: earth and its products, knowledge and wealth's distribution. These fragmented struggles need to build mutual knowledge, common strategies and connect their experiences in order to put together all these small pieces towards a different society.

During the last years the connection between the experiences of reclaiming public space and the production of juridical and political tools concerning commons gave birth to an open space for experimentation, self-organization, association, mutualism and culture in the city of Naples. Together they helped to protect the public heritage from private speculation and showed an alternative model of elaboration of civic and collective use statutes switching the right to the city from a merely defensive to an offensive stance. In recent years we have been in contact with many different cities and groups experimenting radical democracy through progressive political program around the concept of commons and courageous and innovative practices.

We call on all of them to participate and facilitate a three day meeting for debates, workshops and assemblies that we will host in Naples's liberated spaces. Through sharing experiences and experimentation concerning urban commons in our city, we want to build a space of discussion, exchange and development of common practices concerning some crucial topics surrounding the ongoing challenge against international and European neo-liberalism: education, jobs and social rights, war and immigration, austerity, debt and privatization of the public space.

Programme

17 November 2017 @Scugnizzo Liberato (Salita Pontecorvo 46, Naples, Italy)

16:30 Welcome
18:00 Public debate  The challenge from the cities: commons, social rights, dignity
20:30 Dinner
22:00 Concert

18 November 2017 @l'Asilo (Via Maffei 4, Naples, Italy

9:00 Breakfast
9:30 - 11:15 Commons in the age of crisis: mutualism and culture
11:30 - 13:30 Commons: autonomy, self-government and self-management
13:30 - 15:15 Lunch
15:30 - 17:30 Parallel sessions

  • Commons vs Austerity
  • Commons vs Rental Economy

17:45 - 19:45 Parallel sessions

  • Right to the Life
  • Right to the City

19 November 2017 @l'Asilo
9:30 Breakfast
10:00 - 11:45 Commons: constructions for use
12:00 - 14:00 Final plenary
14:15 Lunch and greetings

This video explains what the purpose of this meeting is (in Italian):

The Beni comuni emergent and the urban grassroots movements of Naples: l'Asilo, Ex OPG Occupato - Je so' pazzo, Giardino Liberato Di Materdei, Lido Pola, Scugnizzo Liberato, Santa Fede Liberata, Villa Medusa - Casa del Popolo, Zero81 - Laboratorio di Mutuo Soccorso, Centro Autogestito Piperno 80126, Ex Schipa.

Organized in collaboration with the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels Office.

Contact: Federico Tomasone, federico.tomasone(at)rosalux(dot)org