Chrissie Faniadis, Sweden - Idea Camp MC
An avid public speaker, I’m an advisor, lecturer and cultural policy expert based in Stockholm. A graduate from University College London (UCL) and College of Europe, I have worked in the corridors of Brussels, in the bustling creative industries of London before taking up a position at Intercult, an independent culture organisation. Here I set up the European Resource Centre for Culture/Europe Direct. Since 2011 I have been working as communications strategist at Kulturbryggan, a public funder of innovative culture. I am a long-standing advisor to the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), a board member of Fresh Arts Coalition Europe and a visiting lecturer at Lund University.
Thoughts on the new notions of public and democratic models For me, the accessibility and use of public space is the essence of a democratic society. In our modern society, public space is both physical and digital. The availability of public space is crucial for our democracy to thrive and self-reflect. When it is under threat we risk eroding the very heart of our society. Arts and culture are crucial in the safe-guarding of these democratic principles and in keeping our public space available to citizens.
Jon Alexander, United Kingdom Idea Camp Session From Consumer to Citizens
I am motivated by a strong belief in the potential of the Citizen (though not the Consumer) to create a better world - equitable, sustainable, creative and fun. I have founded the New Citizenship Project to provide a hub for this work, delivering creative projects and initiatives aimed at boxing in the idea of the Consumer and nourishing the idea of the Citizen. Our offering also includes consultancy services, helping organisations of all shapes and sizes to understand the emerging era of the Citizen, and thought leadership work dedicated to exploring ideas of the Citizen and the Consumer.
Thoughts on the new notions of public and democratic models I believe we stand at a point in time when two roads diverge: we have the opportunity to create a new, genuinely participatory society, in which we seize the opportunity to shape the context of our lives as Citizens; yet the prevailing trend, the road more travelled, leads us forward as Consumers, using the potential of new technologies and insights only to choose the colour of our trainers.
Antoine Beaufort, France - Idea Camp Session It’s time for artists and citizens to re-appropriate the public space!
As a consultant and producer of artistic projects, I have specialised in the analysis and creation of innovative cultural facilities, like art factories or nomadic art projects, creating new links between art, society and public space - while using the potential of digital media technology. I managed and directed several independent cultural centres and a mobile art centre built from cargo containers. I also conducted studies for the European Commission, the French Ministry of Culture and cultural organisations in France and abroad. Director of Ars Nomadis, I’m pursuing an experimentation of new «space-projects» creating artistic and citizen exchanges.
Thoughts on the new notions of public and democratic models The internet and new digital tools have transformed the traditional “public space” and have provided new forms of citizenship and creativity. The dream of a “smart city”, where citizens are actors and producers of a collaborative intelligence, is nevertheless facing the risk of a global control and supervision. This has been denounced by artists for a long time. Public space has always been a political space, so let’s reappropriate it!
Santiago Cirugeda, Spain Idea Camp Session the cheap
I studied architecture in the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura (ETSA) of Seville. For 19 years, I have been engaged in projects of subversion in different scopes of the urban reality that help me to navigate this complicated social life. From systematic occupations of public spaces with containers to the construction of prostheses that I place in facades, patios, covers and even in lots, all my work involves negotiating between the legality and illegality, remembering the enormous control we are put under.
Thoughts on the new notions of public and democratic models All the urban prescriptions showed next are in the public domain and may be used in all strategic and juridical proceedings by the citizens who may wish to do so. Full research on the different urban locations and situations in which the citizen may want to intervene is recommended. Any physical or intellectual risk produced by such interventions will be the responsibility of each citizen.
Anna Clemente, Spain Idea Camp Session Graphic Teller
I am a member of LaCol, a cooperative of architects working in a horizontal way. We understand architecture as a tool for transforming society and we relate with our environment in a critical manner, to change it by proposing new solutions in a positive way. As well as my job as an architect, I enjoy drawing and I try to use my skills in this field to enrich our projects.
Thoughts on the new notions of public and democratic models I believe the transformation of the city should come through the active participation of its inhabitants. Every public policy that looks into the future should have this idea at its core and give common people tools to work with.
Anders Lindgren, Sweden Idea Camp Session Ideas on wheels/think and meet
A visual artist with a passion for exploring innovative and sustainable business models for cultural creators and socially conscious initiatives, I’m also a skilled coach and facilitator of everything. Head of KLUMP, a co-working office and business development centre at Subtopia, the finest house of cultural creation, social responsibility and cultural economy in Sweden.
Thoughts on the new notions of public and democratic models Public space has to be defined over and over again so it does not lose its meaning and function. Public space is under constant transformation. There’s a lot of hustling and bargaining about the ownership of the public space. Today money talks and in order to maintain the democratic function, public spaces have to be claimed over and over again. If you don’t do it, no one else will!
Enric Senabre, Spain Idea Camp Session Ideas on wheels/think and meet
I have an MA in Information and Knowledge Society from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, where I’m Professor of Multimedia Studies. I’m also an open co-creation facilitator at Platoniq and co-founder of Goteo.org.
Thoughts on the new notions of public and democratic models I think it is important to understand and share notions of participation at different levels, from education to politics or decision-taking, where citizens enjoy life, generate ideas, join forces together and take control over their spaces as a continuous civic experience, both online and offline.
Sławomir Sierakowski, Poland/Austria Idea Camp Session Why Social Protests Do Not Become Social Movements?
I am a Polish sociologist and political commentator. I contribute a monthly column to the biggest Polish daily newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, and to the international edition of the New York Times. In 2002 I founded Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique), the biggest eastern European movement of liberal intellectuals, artists and activists, with branches in Ukraine and Russia. As well as leading this movement, I am also the Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw and the President of the Stanislaw Brzozowski Association, overseeing its publishing house; its online daily Dziennik Opinii; cultural centres in Warsaw, Gdansk, Lodz and Cieszyn, in Poland, and in Kiev, Ukraine; and 20 local clubs. I have been awarded fellowships from Yale, Princeton and Harvard and from the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, and have been ranked as one of the most influential Poles by Polityka, Wprost and Newsweek.
Thoughts on the new notions of public and democratic models Occupy Wall Street and the Spanish protests of 2011 and 2012 made the same claim that the thinkers who make up the group Krytyka Polityczna and many other groups have been making for years: we need to analyse the absence of real political choice, as well as the lack of differences between parties in their economic policies. What has changed in the public spheres of Western liberal democracies that these social protests did not become social movements?