What do we mean by commons? In which areas are they active? How do they relate to the government, private enterprises and private households? What opportunities do they present in terms of organising society? What are their shortcomings? Utopia or achievable reality?
A discussion evening with, among others, Lieven De Cauter (RITCS - KULeuven) and Hanne Van Reusel (Joseph'aire, Sonian Wood) and the general public.
Commons in Brussels: 5 discussion evenings, 5 Thursdays in a row. All discussion sessions will be held at Muntpunt, starting at 19:00.
They’re popping up everywhere. Particularly in towns and cities. And especially in Brussels. Commons! An English term that refers to a group of people who collaborate on some predefined ‘common good’. That common ‘good’ could be anything: collective compost heaps, communal vegetable gardens, material banks, savings banks etc.
Commons appear to be used for more than just communal leisure activities. Indeed, commons enable citizens to take control of society. Commons consequently position themselves alongside public and private sector initiatives.
Can specific citizens' initiatives truly make a big impact?
During the 5 discussion evenings, we’ll talk to citizens' initiatives that are keen to share their experiences, experts who understand the wider context and the general public who will have the opportunity to ask critical and probing questions.