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Making Worlds at the Free University (May 1st)

Making Worlds at the Free University (May 1st)

Making Worlds is joining the 3rd annual MAY DAY FREE UNIVERSITY in Madison Square Park (see map). Making Worlds.  “Health – Care / transformative commons practices”  Circle G. 12pm. Madison Square Park. Join a conversation on transformative practices of health and care in North and South, looking at and learning...
art.Commons @ Queens Museum: Holiday Exchange Sunday December 15 2pm-4pm

art.Commons @ Queens Museum: Holiday Exchange Sunday December 15 2pm-4pm

Save the Date! Sunday December 15th, 2pm-4pm Meet artists, exchange art, and enjoy some food with the folks from the artCommons. Then at 3pm join us for a group discussion on art sharing projects. @ 3pm Art Made Common II: Sharing at Home, at Work, and In The Neighborhood more...
Commoning the City & Withdrawing from the Community of money. A Common(s) Course. Every Monday at 16beaver (5pm-7pm)

Commoning the City & Withdrawing from the Community of money. A Common(s) Course. Every Monday at 16beaver (5pm-7pm)

    Every monday different collectives and indivuals gather from 5pm to 7pm at 16Beaver for the Common(s) Course. Check the readings, discussions, and more in this link:   Common(s) course at 16beaver “The Common(s) course is a beginning for what we hope will grow into a set of collective inquiries and...
From the series: “New social conflict. Extractivism and politics of the common in Latin America.” Interview with Raquel Gutiérrez (Lobo Suelto!)

From the series: “New social conflict. Extractivism and politics of the common in Latin America.” Interview with Raquel Gutiérrez (Lobo Suelto!)

by Maura Brighenti Translated by Liz Mason-Deese   For the Spanish version, click here: Lobo Suelto! For a non-state-centric politics MB: I would like to start with something that you said in the talk that you gave in LaCazonadeFlores (“What can social movements do against the drug trade? Intuitions from...
Raquel Gutiérrez Aguilar's Politics of the Common

Raquel Gutiérrez Aguilar’s Politics of the Common

Raquel Gutiérrez Aguilar’s Politics of the Common by Rosa Lugano Translated by Liz Mason-Deeze ** See the original text in Spanish below / Ver el texto en español más abajo or click here: http://anarquiacoronada.blogspot.com.ar/2013/07/20-fragmentos-para-ser-leidos-en-el.html I. Leaving the airport, a little after eleven on a frosty night. We should already look...
artCommons Begins In New York

artCommons Begins In New York

This month a couple of us at Making Worlds took a leap from idea to action. After a year of community discussions about the possibility of creating an “art commons”, we decided to start a few pilot programs in various neighborhoods in NYC and see how it goes. First stop...
Oscar Olivera, conversation with Making Worlds. Friday June 14, 60 Wall

Oscar Olivera, conversation with Making Worlds. Friday June 14, 60 Wall

By Making Worlds (Susana, Vicente, Maria, Janet K, Ina) Translated by Liz Mason-Deese Spanish version below / Ver la versión en español más abajo On the occasion of Oscar Olivera’s visit to New York, people from Making Worlds met with him to talk about the long struggle against water privatization...

Rebuilding a Dissident Common Sense. An Interview with Raquel Gutiérrez.

Rebuilding a dissident common sense By Veronica Gago Translated by Liz Mason-Deese. Spanish version here. Talk by Raquel Gutiérrez “Hacia una política de lo común (repensar el cambio social desde América Latina)”, june 2013 (in Spanish). Raquel Gutiérrez Aguilar was born in Mexico. She studied philosophy and mathematics and became involved in the struggle of exiled Salvadorans of the FMLN. Later, in the ’80s, she went to Bolivia. There she was one of the founding members of the EGTK (Tupak Katari Guerrilla Army) along with her then compañero and today vice-president Alvaro García Linera. After accompanying the insurgencies of Aymara and Quechua communities, she spent several years in prison during the 1990s. Later, she joined the group Comuna. She returned to Mexico and wrote her doctoral dissertation about the water wars in Boliva, which she also experienced as an activist. As a researcher at the University of Puebla and the...
Photos from Building The Commons Forum Day 2

Photos from Building The Commons Forum Day 2

Photos from day 2 of the 2013 forum.
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Meeting Minutes March 23, 2013

0 -Paper rolls or Blackboard with things we need, asking for volunteers for different tasks – and also with the SCHEDULE AND THE QUESTIONS (separate) Begonia will do it 1-press release (where to send, who will take care of it — the docu is ready) -Jeff will send it – maybe Bahare – and Marcos...
'Building The Commons' Forum March 29th & 30th

‘Building The Commons’ Forum March 29th & 30th

Making Worlds is pleased to announce the next 2nd Forum on the Commons: “BUILDING THE COMMONS”, to be held Friday and Saturday, March 29-30, 2013. We envision 2 days of workshops and conversations on how to build spaces and projects for a politics, technology, culture, and an economy of, by and for the 99%. Come join...

Minutes for Saturday, March 16 2013

Agenda 16 March – 2013: meeting at Brooklyn Commons 1- Update on confirmed attendees (what groups are? how to connect them, structure the sessions, etc.? – Make a separate googledoc for confirmed organizations. We will use this as a template for putting names of orgs and groups at MW website. – That list will include:...

Minutes for Saturday, March 9 2013

Right now, we have to reach out to the most people possible. If possible, it can be very helpful and effective to personalize invitiations and specify why we are inviting each group (what do we want them to share, to talk about, specific projects, not so much the org in general).   Logistics – Tape,...

Forum Schedule

Friday, 6 to 10 pm 1. Intro.  What we did last year.  Questions to address this year. 2. Dinner! 3. Discussion Session:  How do communities identify with and participate in the process of commoning? Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm 1st. session (10-12 am): Caring. 12-1 pm: Lunch 2nd session (1-3 pm): Space 3rd session...

Minutes, February 23 2013

At Goethe House: present: Ina, Begonia, Susanna, Vicente, Melanie, Antonio, JanetM, Marcos, JanetK Decision to meet every week until forum: next meeting Sat. Mar. 2, 4 PM Goethe House, 5 E. 3rd Street (at Bowery). Title of forum: Building the Commons, but Vicente suggested Weaving the Commons, which some people felt was a closer description...

Minutes February 9, 2013

Meeting Minutes  Feb 9, 2012 Attendees: Janet M, Kara, David, Antonio, Vicente, Susanna, Maria B, Begonia, Luis, Maleni, Max *I. Feb 14th – Making Worlds Thursday Event. @ 16 Beaver w/  Isidro and Alexa* V- We’ve been in touch with Beaver. S- We were thinking to talk about commons charters, Isidro is part of the...
MW Encounter Thursday February 14: Building the Common(s)

MW Encounter Thursday February 14: Building the Common(s)

Building the Common(s): Social movements, Tools, and Initiatives (Commons charters, Community kitchens and Citizens´ Rescue Plan) Thursday, February 14. 16beaverstudio 16 Beaver street #6 6:00 doors 6:30 – 8:00 Part 1: Intro to the context of today’s commons inquiry w/ discussion on The Great lakes Commons Initiative (Bradley) & Madrid City Commons Charter (Lopez). 8:00...

Making words

OUR NEXT MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 4pm, at the Wyoming Building, 5 E. 3rd Street (at Bowery).

Making Worlds: Discussion with Íñigo Errejón

Venezuelan Consulate : 7 E 51st St bet. 5th and Madison Ave. View Larger Map Wednesday, February 6 at  6 PM  Íñigo Errejón, who teaches sociology and political science at the University Complutense of Madrid is one of 22 authors contributing to a book  on new social movements in Egypt, Tunisia, Israel, Spain, Greece, Ireland, the US,...

Minutes January 27, 2013

A couple of comments regarding functioning of the group, meetings, etc. In order to avoid confusion and to make things easier to plan, we discussed the need for having a permanent meeting space and time. It was also discussed the possibility of meeting every two weeks, and not every week.   After those comments, we...

Making Worlds: Alternatives and the Commons (CANCELLED BECAUSE OF WEATHER FORECAST).

  ***NOTE:  Because of weather forecast and the MTA’s decision to close subway and public transportation this evening we have decided to cancel today’s event. **** Sunday October 28th, 4-6pm*** Momenta Art 56 Bogart in Bushwick. ***3pm-  Pre-Event Meet-Up: Building A Network of Alternatives Calling artists interested in alternatives to the current system!  If you...