The concept of Common towards an economic, social, ecological democracy
For more than 5 years we organize seminars on the Common, we crossed many practical experiences with academic research on the concept of the Common realized a first e-book on the subject.
It seems to us more and more obvious that this concept of the common can give a framework to an alternative project of left embracing at the same time the social, economic emocratic and ecological question.
Many seminars, are organized on common goods, common ... We believe that the role of transform! is to bring this concept as a central political issue and also to avoid it being misguided, including recovered by capitalism that prepares us a society where the owners are still masters of the world but totally hidden in an "uberized" society.
This concept of the Common speaks more and more to those who wish a social transformation in agreement with an ecological transition.
It appears as a process more relevant, more dynamic than the concepts of socialism or communism tainted by experiences leading to dead ends.
The concept of the common is based on two fundamental principles:
1-the social and democratic construction that is the process of the Common
2-The Common process is governed by the right of use which replaces the right of capitalist property, which governs all of our present Western societies
To fight for the common today is to fight against this inalienable right of property which overhangs all other rights.
Some Common rights have existed in the past, but they have all been eradicated by capitalism, going further and further into the commodification of society.
It is against this that the concept of Common fights and try to build another society. Many experiences exist, micro farming experiences, a new municipalism reclaiming new, more participatory rights, on the issue of water, energy, cooperativs, selfmanaged entreprises struggles against land grabbing, and “unnecessary big projects”.
From all these experiences clash against the question of institutions and the state necessary for sustainability of the Common and also to its generalization
For all these reasons and strong of our past seminars, we would like to organize in June 2019.
Our presence in Zagreb will also be an opportunity to meet and discuss with the energy transition movements that will be meeting in the city for their assembly in those days.
A general conference will be held on May 31 to transform! europe will participate with two members of the commons working group, who will present the work we are working on.
On June 1st and 2nd we will hold one of our seminars which will be attended by representatives of the movements that will participate in the initiatives in the city.
With support of:
Day 1 - Arrival Day (open to public)
Location: House of Europe (Ulica Augusta Cesarca 4)
Guided tour through Zagreb with ZEZ and REScoop.eu members
Location: European Square
Location: Brewery Mali medo
Day 2 – International Conference (open to everyone)
Location: Kino Tuskanac
Registration & welcome coffee
Welcome & introduction
· Dirk Vansintjan, REScoop.eu
· Zoran Kordić, Green Energy Cooperative (ZEZ)
· Dražen Šimleša, Green Network for Activist Groups (ZMAG)
· Roberto Morea, transform! europe
· Dirk Vansintjan, REScoop.eu
· Jason Nardi, RIPESS network
· Francine Mestrum, transform! europe
Moderators: Vaiva Indilaite i Sara Tachelet, REScoop.eu
How can local authorities (including cities and municipalities) work with citizens energy cooperatives to accelerate the energy transition at the local level?
· Maëlle Guillou, Enercoop (FR)
· Erik Christiansen, EBO (DK)
· Mario Rajn, Grad Križevci (CRO)
· Siward Zomer, De Windvogel (NL)
· Mark Lunley, Energy4All (UK)
· Nestor Ruiz, Centar za životnu sredinu (BIH)
· Nuri Palmada, Som Energia (ES)
Collaborations between local authorities and REScoops as seen from an EU and Balkan perspective
· Jean-Claude Simon, New Trends in Society/Nouvelles Tendances de la Société
· Julije Domac, FEDARENE
· Thomas Mitscke, GIZ Bosna and Hercegovina
· Dirk Vansintjan, REScoop.eu
· Ian Turner, Energy Cities
· Zoran Kordić, ZEZ
· Ana Seke, UNDP Solar Cities initiative
· Tim Taylor, Climate KIC
Moderator: Vedran Horvat (Institute for Political Ecology)
Good economy, Green Network of Activist Groups (ZMAG)
Location: Tuškanac cinema, Tuškanac 1 street
Good energy, Green Energy CooperativeLocation: Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts (HOK), Ilica 49 street
Panel - Democracy in working place – where we are now?
Dario Azzelini, ILR School at Cornell University
Dario Farcy, Cooperative Confederation of Argentina and Proyecto Coopar, cooperative of youth communications workersBenoît Borrits, transform! europe
1. Successful implementation of climate and energy plans in collaboration with local energy cooperatives – experiences from CoM cities in Croatia and the Balkan Region
Mario Rajn - Grad Križevci, Slobodan Jerotić - Grad Šabac, Vedad Suljić - REIC, Nestor Ruiz – Centerr for Environment
Moderators: Maja Jurišić (REScoop.eu) i Zoran Kordić (ZEZ)
2. Creating a favourable playground for collaboration between local authorities and energy cooperatives – experiences from the COMPILE projectModerators: Josh Roberts (REScoop.eu) i Boris Pavlin (ZEZ)
|Break||16:30 Concluding remarks|
Panel - Who will feed us in the Future - Young Farmers in Croatia
ekoENA, Kampanjola Beer Craft, OPG Prpić
|Social drink served by Brlog Cooperative Brewery|
Location: Pivovara Brewery
Please note that dinner will only be served for participants who register. If you haven’t registered for the dinner via the online portal, we can’t guarantee you a seat.
Day 3 – General Assembly (open to everyone)
Workshop on new improvements on the REScoop.eu Charter
Workshop on the services developed by REScoop.eu
· The Mobility Factory
· REScoop MECISE
· Energy Savings
Innovative ways to effectively engage with your members
Virtual Power Plants (VPP) – what are they and how can they work for you?
General Assembly of REScoop.eu
Pizza dinner in the Ecovillage
Bus trip included for members of REScoop.eu and the RIPESS network