From 28 to 29 October 2017 two days of meetings and debates will take place in Milan (Italy) under the banner: “Social co-operation, self-determination, commonfare”. These activities will take place at the social space Macao, located at V.le Molise 68 in Milano.
This symposium is sponsored by Effimera and it is organized in collaboration with the Commonfare project, through the Italian partner Bin Italia. It aims to shine a light on those bottom-up, autonomous welfare practices that already work through social co-operation, satisfying immediate/current dreams and creating solidarity and mutualism.
Commonfare’s initial European research has already uncovered some good self-organization practices in Milan, leading to our main question: Can such practices define an alternative welfare model that provides better solutions than the three main existing welfare models: keynesian public welfare, family welfare, the Anglo-Saxon mass workfare, or any hybrid of them?
These collective experiences are linked to the management of “common goods” in their broader sense, including sociality, conviviality, pleasure, beauty, culture, self-information.  Together with the spread of (sometimes socially ambiguous) experiments with forms of basic income, they suggest that a new welfare is possible, a welfare aimed not only at ensuring a “buen vivir” but also able to allow us to self-determine our lives, freeing us from market hypertrophy and its laws. In other words, a welfare that corresponds to the common wealth that is produced among all of us (Commonfare).

We will discuss all this and forms of funding, ecological sustainability, basic income (for example from the Catalan experience) and representation.

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Here is the program:

Session I: The production and re-production of the Commonwealth: Commonfare

Chairwoman: Maddalena Fragnito, Macao

  • Andrea Fumagalli (Bin-Italia): “A Manifest for Commonfare”
  • Chiara Bassetti (Univ. Trento): “The research project:”
  • Leon Blanchaert, (Spazio di Mutuo Soccorso – Cantiere) “Practices of conflictual mutualism”
  • Cristina Morini (Bin-Italia):  “Social reproduction and life practices”
  • Stefano Lucarelli (Univ. Bergamo): “Welfare of knowledge and network”

Session II: Bottom-up welfare sustainability

Chairman: Giorgio Griziotti, Effimera

  • Part 1: The “nature” of the Commonwealth
    • Paolo Cacciari, (journalist, activist): “How to do commoning,
    • Andrea Ghelfi (independent researcher): “Ecology of the Commonwealth”
    • Riccardo Sacco (Art Lab, Parma)  “Bien vivir: the nature as space and life time”
  • Part 2: The financial autonomy of the Commonwealth
    • Marco Sachy ( “Monetary aspects of the Commonfare: which alternative?”
    • Emanuele Braga (Macao): “The experiment of the Commoncoin and basic income”
    • Marco Fama (Univ. Bergamo) “The financialization of poverty and of life: which alternative?”

Session III: “Institutions, mutualism and representation

Round table: moderator Andrea Fumagalli (Bin-Italy)

  • Introduction:
    • Giovanni Giovannelli (Labor lawyer): “New frontiers of law and conflict: autonomy, precarity, social cooperation”.
    • Susana Martín Belmonte (Research program on social innovation related to Basic income and a local currency, Barcelona):“Resources for a Basic Income”
  • Discussion
    • Chiara Colasurdo (Labor lawyer:
    • Nicola Capone (Ex-Asilo Filangeri)
    • Gigi Malabarba (Ri-Maflow)
    • Danilo Nubile (SMart, Italia)
    • Tiziano Trobia, (Clap, Roma)
    • Cristina Roncari (SMS-Univ. Popolare, Lab genere)