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Charging the Commons Roundtable | Deciding together: Design for collective decision making.

JAN 31st, 2024  |  20:00 CET  |  Pakhuis de Zwijger & Live-Streamed  |  Free Admission

Join us on January 31st at Pakhuis de Zwijger or online, for the second episode of the roundtable series Charging the Commons’.

More and more citizens are coming together to share and manage their resources collectively. When new commons communities emerge, they face a remarkable challenge: deciding on a means to make decisions together. But how to choose a means of collective decision-making that reflects the community’s values, as well as the broader principles of the commons? Which procedures and tools are out there? What are the benefits (and drawbacks) of different decentralised methods like holacracy and quadratic voting? How are communities figuring out which ones suit them best and rolling them out in practical situations?

Join us in a roundtable conversation with members of two co-housing initiatives, the Community Land Trust H-buurt and De Warren, as well as researchers and community-building professionals to explore different perspectives on this challenge. Join us for a closer look at the affordances of different ways of making collective decisions.


  • Tara Karpinski, Researcher at Caradt, Avans University of Applied Science
  • Marjolein Smeele, Commons Developer at Common City
  • Rosamel Abeka Okyere Safo, Community Builder at CLT H-Buurt
  • Stefan Hennis, Procescoördinator en interim bestuur at Wooncoöperatie De Warren

In case you missed episode one of the Charging the Commons roundtable series, watch it herearrow

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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, visit chargingthecommons.nlarrow

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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