commons

The commons is the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society, including natural materials such as air, water, and a habitable earth. These resources are held in common, not owned privately.

 

Event
Do you want to let your creativity run free and contribute to a better world at the same time? Come to the game night on September 5th.

 

Event
How do we create a world that is free, fair and alive? With keynote speakers David Bollier and Silke Helfrich.

 

Project
The Mobility Lab Bicycledatacommons explores the role of data commons in the usage of bicycle data.

 

Article
What were the lessons learned from our Social Tech Tour? Researcher Isabella Krammer dives into the matter.

 

Article
Hidde Kamst examines a more cooperative city with a participatory model and some trade-offs that are involved in participation. 

 

Article
Can games help us achieve a more social and collaborative society? In our Common play with us series, we aim to learn all about games.

 

Event
Sito Veracruz will inform us about the last updates of Fairbnb.coop and will introduce their crowdfunding campaign.

 

Event
How can we establish lasting relations between organisations that are working to sustain the commons? A lab at the Border Sessions festival 2019.

 

Event
Learning to manage academic resources as common property: workshop at Utrecht University.

 

Event
Do you want to let your creativity run free and contribute to a better world at the same time? Come to the game night on May 2nd.

 

Article
In this blog series Hidde Kamst examines different ways of using technology in cities, and the corresponding roles these imply for citizens.

 

Article
Where would we be without plastic? The Social Tech Tour visited vanPlestik, that uses 100% recycled plastic for 3D printer filament.

 

Article
The first stop of the Social Tech Tour tour brought us to OneFarm at A Lab in the North of Amsterdam. Isabella reports.

 

Event
Are you done with the dominant story about the market, profit maximization and economic growth? Come and play a different game.

 

Event
The Social Tech Tour is a series of site visits to innovative, tech-enabled social enterprises. This edition we'll visit Fairfood.

 

Event
The Social Tech Tour is a series of site visits to innovative, tech-enabled social enterprises. This edition we'll visit 02025.

 

Event
The Social Tech Tour is a series of site visits to innovative, tech-enabled social enterprises. This edition we'll visit vanPlestik.

 

Event
The Social Tech Tour is a series of site visits to innovative, tech-enabled social enterprises. This edition we'll visit OneFarm.

 

Article
Are you working on sustainability and curious to know how new, open technologies can contribute? Join the Amsterdam Social Tech Tour.

 

Article
How can scientists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, citizens and creatives best work on solutions for urban issues together?

 

Event
How can scientists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, citizens and creatives best work on solutions for urban issues together?

 

Event
How can scientists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, citizens and creatives best work on solutions for urban issues together?

 

Event
How can scientists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, citizens and creatives best work on solutions for urban issues together?

 

Event
Socrates Schouten will participate in the Tegenlicht Meetup 'Ons basisinkomen' at Pakhuis de Zwijger on Wednesday 28 November. This event is Dutch spoken.

 

Event
In this trash hacking workshop on 29 November we will try to recycle an impossible type of waste: cigarettes butts.

 

Article
Marleen Stikker was one of the guests at the Future of Trust Summit 2018. Elisa Achterberg wrote a report about this gathering.

 

Event
In de World Commons Week we pre-launch The Chamber of Commons and will talk about the Politics of Nature and Amsterdam Rainproof.

 

Project
The Chamber of Commons bolsters the interests of commons and commoners.

 

Event

7-09-2018

Next Tech

Marleen Stikker of Waag is the keynote speaker at the Next Tech symposium about technology and blind spot

 

Article
An overview of fragments, with a short description, as chosen by Marleen Stikker for the third episode of VPRO Zomergasten of 2018.

 

Event
What if we could share data on our terms to prevent the waste of food, energy or other valuable resources?

 

Event
How can blockchain help solving sustainability challenges? We look at the much-discussed blockchain technology and look critically at it from a sustainability perspective.

 

Event
How could open-source technologies help in solving sustainability challenges?

 

Article
Amsterdam’s radically different tone of voice demonstrated by the newly elected city council on the issue of technology is crystal clear.

 

Event
reSITE, in cooperation with IPR Prague and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Prague will be hosting a free day-long program consisting of a public workshop, public lecture and public evening discussion salon for designers, city creative strategy planners or researchers involved and interested in the collaborative economy to map current creative research, activities and projects related to relevant social and urban developments, and build a network for future collaboration - “Users as Designers” method is empowering people to make and understand products and processes, for more transparency.

 

Event
Tackling timeless needs that matter, with writer and thinker John Thackara: an evening for social change makers, inventive life hackers and enthusiastic self-organized communities. What is an economy actually for? In place of an obsession with stuff, money, and endless growth, John Thackara’s newest book “How to thrive in the next economy?” describes social practices that do more with less, and cherish all-of-life, not just human life.

 

Event
Peer Value: Advancing the Commons Collaborative Economy is a conference integrating conversations and plans of action for shaping and connecting the Commons on a global level. Frank Fresin (Research director) of Waag will be moderator of the conference.

 

Event
An evening on the rich history and promising future of the commons at Pakhuis de Zwijger on 1 September 2016. How can we govern urban commons in co-creation?

 

Event
Pieter van Boheemen (Open Wetlab) will participate in the Bio-Commons workshop during the Pixelache festival in Helsinki from 6 till 8 June 2014. Pixelache Helsinki 2014 will be an international 2-day trans-disciplinary event focusing on the theme of “The Commons”, including bio-, urban culture and knowledge commons topics.

 

Event
On 26 November VPRO's Tegenlicht will broadcast the episode 'De Donut economie' ('Doughnut Economics') with Kate Raworth. This episode is for a large part filmed at our Waag building, in the Theatrum Anatomicum.

 

Article
The new directive called PSD2 will give banks the opportunity to share your data with third parties. Do we need to worry about this development?

 

Event
Commoners from the The Netherlands will gather for the festive launch of 'De Meent', the Dutch Commons Assembly, during the academic Commons-week in Utrecht.

 

Article
More and more opinion leaders are mistaking a few big corporate platforms for the collaborative economy. We need a pro-active policy framework that bends the collaborative economy towards the public good.

 

Article
This opinion article witten by Marleen Stikker has not yet been translated. For the moment, please turn to the Dutch version. We may provide a full translation later.

 

Article
On 21 February, the election programmes of ten Dutch political parties were screened against the perspective of the commons. In a public meeting, about twenty people participated in this daunting task.

 

Article
Airbnb's license to operate in Amsterdam depends on whether it helps or harms the city. Airbnb can help Amsterdam collect its fair share of taxes and guests fit into the community, but it can also resist and damage Amsterdam's quality of life. Let's hope that Airbnb invests in Amsterdam for the long run.

 

Event
On 21 February, the Dutch 'Open Planbureau' will look at the Dutch elections and the political programmes from the perspective of the commons.

 

Article
How can we measure the effects of the election programmes of our political parties? Traditionally, it is the CPB that calculates the effects of all ideas and wishes. But are the models that CPB uses still up to date?

 

Event
We focused our last meetup on the ecosystem of the Fairbnb platform. In this session, we will use again the Platform Design Toolkit to explore the motivations of the different stakeholders and how can we achieve them through partnerships with public and private actors.

 

Article
During the first meeting of the Open Planbureau multiple topics were discussed. Are the current economic planning models suficient to predict our complex future? What is the role of the commons in this field? During the second meeting we will look closer at instruments that can help us shape a alternative planning agency.

 

Event
FairBnB session #4. In this session we will speak about these partnerships and how we will work with them. In addition, we will also brainstorm about the ownership and voting models for the local cooperatives and their integration into a joined platform.

 

Article
On Wednesday 23 November, the first meeting of the Dutch Open Planbureau was held. On the Dutch version of this page, you can read an interview with Socrates Schouten, who is (together with Marleen Stikker), the initiator of Open Planbureau.

 

Event
It’s design time! This 3rd meetup of FairBnB will have a practical approach, with two parallel workshops on cooperative governance and design of the accommodation sharing platform. FairBnB is a movement that seeks to encourage vacation rentals that comply with the principles of a fair, non-extractive and collaborative economy.

 

Event
Do you feel comfortable with complexity, statistics and visualisation? And you the feel the need of a new new perspective on economic systems and social development?

 

Event
Do you feel comfortable with complexity, statistics and visualisation? And do you the feel the need of a new perspective on economic systems and social development?

 

Project
In our intitiative called the Open Planning Bureau, the commons play a central role: the collaborative model to manage cities, land and data.

 

Event
FairBnB is a movement that seeks to encourage vacation rentals that comply with the principles of a fair, non-extractive and collaborative economy.

 

Event
FairBnB is a movement that seeks to encourage vacation rentals that comply with the principles of a fair, non-extractive and collaborative economy. Come and help us to create the first local FairBnB platform.

 

Event
How to create an online accommodation sharing community, of which the members trust each other, without massively exposing their private data?

 

Article
Going from poor-to-poor towards peer-to-peer: how do we get to an open, sustainable and purpose economy?

 

Article
On March 25th, 2013, Ravi Sundaram visited Waag to give a lecture about the media boom in India and to visit old friends.

 

Project
At the end of 2006, Waag published a book called 'In the Shade of the Commons' as a part of the project 'Towards a Culture of Open Networks'.