MAKING WORLDS: An OWS Forum on the Commons

February 16-18

Church of the Ascension, 122 Java St. (Greenpoint)

THURSDAY, February 16

5pm
WELCOME: Sign-In, Food
6-6:45pm
OPENING:
Introductory words / Making Worlds Organizers
Introduction to the Commons / Silvia Federici
Dawn Diaz - Women Against Domestic Violence
6:45-7:15pm
Dinner
7:15-9pm
George Caffentzis.
James Quilligan - Global Commons Trust
Christopher Rude - Union for Radical Political Economics
Alicia Godsberg - OWS Antiwar WG and Peace Action

FRIDAY, February 17

5pm
WELCOME: Sign-In, Food.
6-7:30pm
SESSION 1:
ENVIRONMENT
- Reclaiming the Commons. (Alexa Bradley )
- Water struggle in Bolivia. (Marcela Olivera)
- Beyond Oil NYC. (Dan Miner).
- Occupy Food: Seeds. (Alec Higgins & Otter Renson)
- Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development Update. (Sara Burke)
- Ecosocialist Horizons. Qunicy Saul.
7:30-8:15pm
Surveying Commons Activism on the International Stage - David Bollier
Dinner
8:15-9:45pm
SESSION 2:
ARTS, CULTURE AND EDUCATION
- Art and the Commons: Beyond the Tangible. (Maria Byck, Antonio Serna - OWS Artists)
- From Copyright to Copyleft: Commons for arts and sciences. (Marcos Wasem)
- Commons Support (Tom Nielsen)
- Occupy University & Occupy Student Debt Campaign. (George Caffentzis, Robert Oxford and Chris Casuccio)

SATURDAY, February 18

9-10am
WELCOME: Sign-In, Breakfast
10AM-11:45pm
SESSION 3:
GENDER/CARE/HEALTH
- Feminist/Queer/Postcolonial commons. (Miriam Tola).
- Challenging Male Supremacy Project. (RJ Maccani).
- Child Raising as a Form of Resistance that builds radical communities and relationships. (Ileana Méndez-Peñate).
- Reclaiming and Reorganizing Birth, Breastfeeding, Babycare for the Commons.
(Ina Bransome & Haya Brant)
- Domestic Workers Alliance. (Priscilla Gonzalez).
- OWS Health Action. (Babak Karimi).
11:45-12pm
Break (15 min)
12-1:45pm
SESSION 4:
ECONOMY - Economics of the Commons
- Public Goods, Externalities. Market definitions of the Commons. (John McGloin)
- Solidarity Economics. (Caroline Woolard-Solidarity NYC)
- An Introduction to the Commons. (James Quilligan, Nancy Roof)
- The Anti-commons of the Commodity. (Chris Rude, URPE)
1:45-2:45
LUNCH
2:45PM-4:30pm
SESSION 5:
ECONOMY - Money and Banking
- Alternative Banking and Alternative Economies, (Jim Costanzo)
- OWS Strategies in Alternative Economies. (Evan Wagner)
- Questions and answers about money, banking and finance.
(Chris Rude and Sara Burke - URPE)
4:30-4:45pm
Break (15 min)
4:45-6:30pm
SESSION 6:
NURTURING THE COMMONS - OLD & NEW
- Creating New Commons with City Top Level Domains. (Tom Lowenhaupt)
- Technology and Social Change: Building New Economic Networks. (Ron Suarez)
- Immigrant, Resident Voting Rights. (David Andersson)
- Occupy-Commons Strategy Workshop. (Mary Beth Steisslinger, in New York. George Pór, Tina Bakolitsa, Mark Jagdev, in London)
6:30-6:45pm
Break (15 min)
6:45-9pm
FINAL SESSION:
ASSEMBLY

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