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Charging the Commons Roundtable: From (Be)Commoning to Commoning

Wednesday, October 4th  |  20:00 – 21:30  |  Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

Join us for the first episode of the roundtable series ‘Charging the Commons’, which it will center around the process of becoming a commons — communities that share their resources such as energy, a garden, cars, a laundry room, etc. What does establishing such a community entail? What steps does a group of people need to go through in order to become a commons?

This early setup stage can profoundly shape the development process of such communities, for instance: its (economic) viability, the management of the shared resources, everyday practices, members’ relationship with each other or the community affiliation with the broader environment. Exploring the process of becoming a commons (becommoning) can reveal useful insights: Which multiple factors hinder or stimulate commons initiatives? How are challenges (not) addressed? Which external actors can support sharing communities?


– Zsuzsanna Tomor, Researcher at AUAS – Civic Interaction Design Research Group
– Darinka Czischke, PhD, Associate Professor, Housing and Social Sustainability | TU Delft
– Joachim Meerkerk, PhD Candidate Urban Management at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
– Lukas Held, Project coordinator CollectieveKracht | Erasmus University


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This event is part of the project ‘Charging the Commons’, a 2-year research project developed by AUAS – Civic Interaction Design Research Group, in collaboration with Caradt. To learn more about Charging the Commons and its research outputs, see below:

Charging the Commons

Charging the Commons is a follow-up project to Circulatearrow which investigated the design of digital platforms for resource communities. It explores how a situated design approach can be employed to articulate the social values of resource communities. The second phase of the project examines how these values can be translated into (digital) tools and designs for the organisation of an urban commons.

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‘My practice is situated in between different actors, in this shape-shifting middle many things can happen.’

Tara Karpinski is a designer, researcher and educator working in the realm of social practice. She holds a BA in photography and art history from the Savannah College of Art & Design (USA), and an MA from the Sandberg Instituut (NL). Her Master studies were funded by a Netherland-America Foundation grant.

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‘People are the product of their relationships with their environment. It’s important to understand how technological developments influence these relationships.’

Michel van Dartel is Research Professor Situated Art and Design at the Avans Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology (Caradt) and Director of V2_Lab for the Unstable Media.

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Research Group: Situated Art and Design

Living in cities developed around data and acting within the inscrutable structure of our techno-society demands art and design that can help understand how we relate to these rapidly changing surroundings and to reflect on that relationship. The research group Situated Art and Design responds to this exigency by fostering a situated turn in art and design through a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with academic and cultural partners, as well as with government and industry.

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