On 20 and 21 May research group ICA paid visits to several citizen collectivities in Flanders. First, Henk Mol spoke about the Buren of the Abdij (Neighbours of the Abbey) in Ghent, which aims at the preservation of cultural heritage, green space and social encounters. Then, Thomas Blondeel explained the ins and outs of Smart cooperative, which supports entrepreneurs, especially in the cultural sector. Here, Damion Bunders presented the preliminary results of his research on worker cooperatives. On 21 May a delegation of the research group traveled to the Gemene and Loweiden in Assebroek (West Flanders). Chief Marc Vandepitte and Tine De Moor told the audience about the common, a well-functioning collective in which citizens have organized the management of the land for about 600 years.
On 10 May, 14:30, Tine De Moor, Thijs Spaargaren (Schoongewoon), and Marijke Flamman (NCR) were the speakers in the webinar ‘The role of cooperatives in democratizing and greening the economy’ of the Dutch chapter of #DemocratizingWork. They talked about the lessons to be learnt from the experiences of modern-day cooperatives. The recorded webinar can be found here.
On 21 April, professor Tine De Moor gave a lecture in the Commons Program at the Ostrom Workshop in Bloomington, Indiana. The lecture, titled “Does the History of the Commons Repeat Itself? Building a Taxonomy of Institutions for Collective Action to Study their Spread and Resilience Over Time and Space” is on Youtube.
On 29 March 1:30 PM, Tine De Moor gave a lecture with the title ‘Social enterprises in the Netherlands. Towards more institutional diversity?’ at HEC Liège Management School.
On 9 March, research team Institutions for Collective Action had a double open seminar. Grant Halliday, historian and research intern at RSM Erasmus University, gave an insight into the development of rules and sanctions in medieval and early-modern fishery cooperatives in Spain. Dr. Florian Grisel, associate professor at the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, complemented Halliday’s findings with a presentation about another fishery cooperative, the Prud’homie de Pêche of Marseille. In the subsequent discussion, the attendants considered the existence of norms versus formal legal structures, as well as the continuation of such organizations over centuries.
Op 15 februari 9:30 organiseerde De Omslag een livecast vanuit Pakhuis De Zwijger onder de titel ‘Het kan wel!’ Deskundigen met diverse achtergronden gingen met elkaar in gesprek over het recht op gelijke behandeling en gelijkwaardig meedoen van mensen met een beperking of chronische aandoening, die nu soms aan de kant staan terwijl ze graag willen werken. Met onder meer Agnes Jongerius, Frank Kalshoven, Carol Gribnau en Tine De Moor. The recordings can be found here.
FOCI Hub is an initiative of Utrecht University that advises, promotes and stimulates citizen initiatives. In the first FOCI webinar, on 7 February 2022, prof. Tine De Moor told about CollectieveKracht, the new transdisciplinary and multistakeholder knowledge exchange platform for citizen collectives. The platform, to be launched on 11 February, was built by her research group, in partnership with an interdisciplinary team of researchers, civil servants and representatives of financial organizations. Through methods of extreme citizen science the platform stimulates citizen collectives to question their own functioning and to cooperate with researchers to explore their own challenges.
Een keur van gasten kwam op maandag 17 januari 2022 vanaf 16.00 uur langs tijdens de online werkconferentie Coöperatieven maken de stad: van Marleen Stikker (Waag Society), Tine De Moor (RSM) en Rutger Groot Wassink (gemeente Amsterdam) tot vele vertegenwoordigers van buurtinitiatieven en burgercollectieven. Samen gingen ze in gesprek over de samenwerking tussen burgers en overheid, juridische aspecten en de kracht en betekenis van de coöperatieve beweging in allerlei sectoren. The recordings can be found here.