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A Charter for Data (and Mapping) Commons

One of the earliest such maps was TransforMap, a project with origins in Austria and Germany that is using OpenStreetMap as a platform for helping people identify and connect with alternative economic projects. In the US, CommonSpark assembled a collection of “maps in the spirit of the commons” such as the Great Lakes Commons Map (a bioregional map of healing and harm), World of Commons(innovative forms of citizen-led governance of public property and services in Italy), Falling Fruit (a global map identifying 786,000 locations of forgeable food), a map of Free Little Libraries (free books available in neighborhoods around the world), a global Hackerspace map, a global Seed Map, a map of all Transition communities, and several Community Land Trustdirectory maps.

As the varieties of maps proliferate, there is growing concern that the mapping projects truly function as commons and be capable of sharing data and growing together. But meeting this challenge entails some knotty technical, social and legal issues.

A group of mappers met at the Commons Space sessions of the World Social Forum in Montreal last year to try to make progress on the challenge.  The dialogues continued at an “Intermapping” workshop in Florence, Italy, last month. After days of deep debate and collaboration, the mappers came up with a document that outlines twelve key principles for developing effective data and mapping commons. The Charter for Building a Data Commons for a Free, Fair and Sustainable Future is the fruit of those dialogues.

The Charter’s authors describe the document as “the maximum ‘commons denominator’ of mapping projects that aspire to share data for the common good.” If you follow these guidelines,” write the mappers, “you will contribute to a Global Data Commons. That is, you will govern your mapping community and manage data differently than people who centralize data control for profit.”

“The Charter does not describe the vision, scope or values of a specific mapping project.  It is rather an expression of Data Commons principles. It will help you reimagine how you protect the animating spirit of your mapping project and prevent your data from being co-opted or enclosed.” Read more

Italy: International Deep Dive of Mapping Initiative
January 24, 2017
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March 10-15 2017 in Florence, Italy

This Deep Dive will enable p to make participants in-depth analysis and tackle the existing challenges to developing a common, distributed, semantic mapping process among different mapping initiatives. Initiatives who share a commitment to making visible diverse human economies and challenge dominant ways of thinking about society and economy.

Mapping practitioners from initiatives such as Transformap, GreenMaps, ESSGlobal (Ripess) and others identified this need at an informal meeting during the World Social Forum (WSF) 2016 in Montreal. The goal is to exchange and articulate a common framework for shared data beyond our own maps and processes. This framework will be tested by applying it in a concrete region with assistance from local activists – namely the region around Florence. This will show the potential for how mapping alternatives can expand from the local to the global level.

Mapping supports the strategic development of Commons, SSE (Social Solidarity Economy) initiatives and other alternatives. Community mapping is becoming part of engaged planning processes, school programs and leadership development projects.

Mapping generates action as it guides the way we explore, experience and interpret the world. Mapping is universally understood and contributes in a very palpable way to developing a new “world-view”. Maps change perceptions and support the discovery and creation of links between initiatives, increasing opportunities for collaboration and innovation.

This mapping lab is part of the Panorama of SSE in Europe and is co-promoted by RIPESS EU.

More information and program here

 

Creation of a visual map of public policies and territories promoting SSE
Public policies map - socioeco

The role of public policies in favour social and solidarity economy suffers from a lack of visibility. Yet these same policies can prove decisive in helping collective initiatives that involve citizens to emerge. We would like to showcase existing public policy on SSE through a compilation of case studies and mapping that highlights the policies that contribute to creating territorial ecosystems that encourage the development of SSE through:

– funding, public markets, fiscal, legal and legislative mechanisms, social audits, etc.
– accompanying the actors working to support SSE at territorial level
– encouraging contact, exchange and networking of these actors
– relocalising activities linked to food, transport, energy, etc.
– thus creating sustainable, relocalised employment
– show-casing good practice
– building new spaces for discussion and joint development of policies with citizens.

SSE needs to “tell its story” to inspire people and disseminate. What public policies have a real impact on helping SSE initiatives to emerge and to develop? We believe that by collecting as many case studies as possible, enhanced by mapping them, would provide a useful tool for sharing, and that could be used by all our respective sites and other instruments (mobile APPs, infographs, etc.). This is something we can decide together.

The socioeco.org site has recently allowed us to develop a carte des solutions (map of solutions). It collects the descriptions of SSE initiatives that have been identified according to needs (food, housing, health, education etc.). It is in 6 languages (French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Italian). The map also provides more opportunities: it is possible to identify alternative media or research centres for SSE, select only food experiences or reproduce a specific part of the map in a message on your own website. We thought of using a specific map of solutions for public policies and the territories that support them.

RIPESS Europe and socioeco.org hope to present a first map with the descriptions of public policies in different countries and different languages at the World Forum of Social Economy GSEF2016, that will be held in Montreal from 7th-9th September, to demonstrate the potential of such a tool and find new partners to develop the project further.

We need your help to do this. Your network has identified concrete public policies at different territorial levels: Local, regional or national Authorities. We propose you to fill the form linked here which will allow the collection of information and the compilation of a list of institutions at different levels which promote public policies for the development of the SSE, starting from what already exists and that we plan to showcase. We will then make all this information organised and visible by using shared tools and creating a visual public mapping.

Info and communications:
fwautiez@socioeco.org
polpub@ripess.eu

A map of SSE solutions on socioeco.org

Mapping is currently very popular, with new maps appearing every day, such as those mapping community-supported agriculture and the transition initiatives map. The ideal, if fairly unlikely, solution would of course be to gather them all together on a world map with clear categories where users could select the elements they are looking for. The question is, what is the purpose of these types of maps? Their main aim is to give visibility to the things we wish to show and multiply points on the map to highlight the alternatives that are proliferating worldwide, but that often remain in the shadows.
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MAPJAM 3.0: in April let’s map Solidarity Economy in our town!

From the 4th to the 17 of April 2016, RIPESS is joining with the Sharing Cities Network and other partners to invite you to the Third Annual Global #MapJam to bring activists together in cities around the world to map grassroots sharing projects, cooperatives, community resources, solidarity economy initiatives and the commons. Mapping all of the shared resources in your city not only shows that another world is possible–it shows it’s already here! Last year, communities collectively mapped 90 cities in just two weeks. Help us raise this number this year!

Asset maps are powerful tools for organizing and communications. They  make community assets more visible–creating a base for further community development, leading to new collaborations and illuminating openings for new project ideas to fill in the gaps. They also get great visibility!

Sign up your city to join with RIPESS and Sharing Cities Network to put Social Solidarity Economy on the map !

The Map Jam has received a broad base of support led by the Sharing Cities Network and partners including: New Economy Coalition, US Solidarity Economy Network, Transition US, Center for a New American Dream, OuiShare, P2P Foundation, Post Carbon Institute, The People Who Share, Students Organizing for Democratic Alternatives, Solidarity NYC, Data Commons, RIPESS (International Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy) and many other community and Sharing Cities groups.

Interested in organizing a Map Jam in your community? Or attending one? Please sign up here to get involved.

Map Jams are easy to organize and a small, dedicated group of people can get together for a few hours to map as many shared resources, cooperatives and sharing services in their city or town as possible. Like a musical jam, it should be fun, social, and jammers should find a groove as they work. Join the Sharing Cities Network facebook group to get the latest updates and meet other ‘map jammers’.

Find the new “how to map” guide with contributions from the Transformap project and more info on the site: Shareable.net/mapjam.

Pam a Pam: the mobile app for solidarity economy in Catalunia
November 3, 2015
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During the fourth edition of the Fira of Economia Solidária of Catalunya (24-25 October 2015 in Barcelona), XED and the NGO SETEM presented the mobile application of Pam a Pam. The application provides the location of the supply of products and services for consumers wishing to make choices next to the values of solidarity-based economy and can also evaluate each proposal.

More info: www.pamapam.org

#MAPJAM 2.0 – in October, join in to map SSE in your community!
October 10, 2014
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Map JamMap Jam

This October 13th-27th, the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS) is joining with the Sharing Cities Network and other partners to invite you to the Second Annual Global #MapJam to bring activists together in cities around the world to map grassroots sharing projects, cooperatives, community resources, and the commons. Mapping all of the shared resources in your city not only shows that another world is possible–it shows it’s already here! Last October, communities collectively mapped 50 cities in just two weeks. Help us raise this number this year!

Asset maps are powerful tools for organizing and communications. They  make community assets more visible–creating a base for further community development, leading to new collaborations and illuminating openings for new project ideas to fill in the gaps. They also get great visibility!

Sign up your city to join with RIPESS and Sharing Cities Network to put Social Solidarity Economy on the map !

Scheduled to correlate with New Economy Week, the Map Jam will launch on Indigenous People’s Day and continue for 2 weeks from Monday, October 13th – Sunday, the 27th. Global Map Jam Day will take place on October 16th featuring a 24hr mapping ‘round the world across multiple continents and timezones.

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