What is the role of communication in sustaining the commons? How are commons-oriented collectives using different strategies and tools to promote alternative socio-economic practices? The present research project aims at providing knowledge on strategies to build infrastructure for the commons. Anchored in a comparative analysis between Portugal and Catalonia (Porto and Barcelona), it will look at how cooperatives, associations, networks, informal collectives are using information and communication technologies, digital platforms, visual language and discourse to support emerging models of consumption and (re)production. In short, how contemporary communication practices help advance successful “commoning” initiatives and can enhance the community’s governance of shared resources.
The Catalan sociologist and economist Jordi Estivill unveils the beginnings of the social economy in Portugal, through the analysis of a 19th-century magazine from Porto.Read More "The Beginnings of Social Economy in Portugal"
This article [in Portuguese] was originally published in Jornal Mapa no. 23, following my participation in the preparatory meeting of the World Social Forum of Transformative Economies.Read More "Do outro mundo possível às economias que já o sustentam"
Communication is one of the main factors affecting the success or fragility of commons-oriented initiatives, deeply affecting them in terms of organization, decision-making, participation, sustainability and impact.Read More "Hello world! Introducing the research project"