Idea Camp 2015: Build the City

  • Subtopia Botkyrka Sweden

Following our latest open call for ideas, 50 Idea Makers have been selected to attend this year’s Idea Camp in Botkyrka, Sweden from 23 to 25 September 2015. 

The theme for this year’s Idea Camp is Build the City. 

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The second European Cultural Foundation (ECF) Idea Camp is about to kick off in September. This year’s theme “Build the City” applies the principles and ethics of the commons. The Idea Camp will explore how citizens and communities can get directly involved in participatory democratic processes that shape and govern our cities.

Following a successful first Idea Camp last year in Marseille, this edition of the Idea Camp will be hosted by ECF’s partner and cultural hub Subtopia. It will take place on 23-25 September 2015 in Botkyrka, Sweden.

The Idea Camp brings together 50 Idea Makers: creators, technologists and educators – who will work in an open, sharing and collaborative environment on the development of ideas that will shape our cities. Speakers include Michel Bauwens, founder of the P2P Foundation, and urban anthropologist Dr. Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe, who will talk about how commoning practices can have a positive influence over societies and urban living. The master of ceremony is Dougald Hine.

Last year’s 50 Idea Makers are already making a big impact with their work in this area. One participant, Engin Önder was recently featured in TIME Magazine’s Next Generation Leaders series. You can see a list of some of this year’s Idea Makers here.

Here is a glimpse of some of the questions that will be tackled at the Idea Camp 2015 by Idea Makers from a wide spectrum of different sectors who have come together from more than 20 countries across wider Europe: 

  • How to use open source/open data to match corporate construction ‘leftovers’ with community building project needs in Spain?
  • How to start a commons policy-making charter for Europe?
  • How to push bottom-up change in urban planning by engaging communities with public parks in Moldova’s capital Chisinau through open-air film screenings?
  • How to make a point about sustainability through greening the conference building area at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris?
  • How to make sure chil- updadren in the city have rights to access the city in future?
  • How do migration and integration issues create a need for new business models and services, like starting a refugee-run garden kitchen that sells to restaurant owners in Gaziantep, Turkey?
  • What do new financing models for housing schemes across Belgrade and southern Europe look like? 

ECF’s Idea Camp is a three-day collaborative working platform organised within the framework of Connected Action for the Commons, a network and action research programme led by ECF together with six cultural organisations from across Europe: Culture 2 Commons  - Alliance Operation CityClubture NetworkRight to the City - (Croatia), Les Tetes de l’Art (France), Krytyka Polityczna (Poland), Oberliht (Moldova), Platoniq - Goteo (Spain), and Subtopia (Sweden). The 2015 edition of the Idea Camp is hosted by Subtopia with the support of the Municipality of Botkyrka