According to the principles developed by Elinor Ostrom for managing a commons it’s important that the rules of the commons are written for the local situation: generic solutions are not acceptable. This means there is a need to develop methods that include resource communities in the design of platforms to manage their resources. A situated design approach emphasises that these design processes take place in specific political, social and economic contexts – and sets out our intention to conduct research from embedded positions. This implies a rooted, interdisciplinary collaboration between maker and user – in which design forms the basis for interaction.
The research takes place at three different field-labs: H-buurt (Bijlmer, Amsterdam), Common Woods (Amersfoort) and De Warren (Ijburg, Amsterdam), and with a community of practice partners.
Charging the Commons is financed by Regieorgaan SIA – RAAK-mkb.
RAAK SME, April 2021
Center of Expertise
Civic Interaction Design (UASA), Caradt
MKB-Companies (Fieldlabs and transfer sites)
CrowdBuilding, Dark Matter Labs, Metabolic, Space & Matter, Stipo, ThingsCon, Waag, De Warren (Amsterdam) CLT H-buurt (Amsterdam), Common Woods (Amersfoort)
Commons Network, Dutch Blockchain Coalition, Dutch Digital Agencies
Network and dissemination partners
Media Architecture Institute, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Pakhuis de Zwijger
Charging the Commons website