The 2nd volume of MoneyLabReader, edited by the Institute of Net Cultures in Amsterdam, under the supervision of Inge Gloerich, Geert Lovinck and Patricia De Vries, was presented at the Somerset House in London, on the 20th of January, 2018. The program can be found Here.
At the event, the Manifesto for the “Commonfare or the welfare of the Commonwealth” was presented for the first time ever. The Manifesto was authored by the General Intellect collective (pp. 243-252). The collective includes (among others) researchers from BIN-Italia (Andrea Fumagalli and Cristina Morini) and Dyne.org (Marco Sachy) who work on the project Commonfare.net.
The idea of writing the Manifesto for the Commonfare was born on June 23, 2017 in Amsterdam during a public by the project Commonfare.net. The conference was organised in the cultural space the Waag and featured presentations by Geert Lovink, Aspasia Beneti, ‘Jaromil’ Denis Rojo, Andrea Fumagalli, Daniela Paes Leão , Marco Sachy, Merel Willemsen and others.
The objective was to present in a simple and convincing way the need for a new type of social welfare, one which is able to respond to the challenges arising from the increasing precariousness of labor, the dismantling of some basic social services, and income insecurity. How can we imagine a welfare of the commonwealth able to foster cooperation and solidarity without being subject to the budget constraints imposed by the austerity policies of contemporary Europe? To answer this question, we need to think about the construction of new forms of financing including alternative monetary circuits and alternative forms of self-organisation of bottom-up welfare experiments. This is the challenge we address in theCommonfare.net project. Join us!
Here follows the conclusion of the Manifesto: