Performance Room, Linen Hall Library, Donegall Square North
13th March: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Cultural Commoning: what it is and why it matters.
Cultural commoning is of its time. In a world where it is becoming clear that the everyday creative things we do have a value to us, to the social fabric and wellbeing of our communities and to the health of our democracies it offers an alternative approach to sustaining our creative lives. Across the world, the wider commons movement is growing hopeful alternatives to the dispiriting status quo. ‘Citizen commoners’ are coming together through choice to initiate and grow, in diverse ways and places, culturally creative practices. These practices are reflective of a growing and active interest in ‘the commons’ – self-organising social systems for stewarding the wealth of nature, civic infrastructure, cultural products and processes, knowledge and traditions that is shared by everyone [David Bollier, 2014].
This seminar will focus on cultural commons/commoning – what it means and why it is important for personal and civic living – drawing from contributions made by cultural thinkers and doers from various parts of the world. There will be opportunity to meet and talk with some of these ‘citizen commoners’ as part of an open and informal civic conversation.
The event will be hosted by Kevin Murphy and Denis Stewart, from Voluntary Arts Ireland, and will include contributions from Michel Bauwens, co-founder of the Peer-to-Peer Foundation – a cross-national, not-for-profit organisation registered in the Netherlands, Nat O’Connor, Lecturer in Public Policy & Administration at Ulster University, and a number of other guests.