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RESPONSE OF CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE SOCIAL ECONOMY TO COVID19 :ROLE OF PLATFORMS, COMMONS AND FABLABS


Following its collection of best practices from the social economy and civil society in the fight against Covid19 , the GECES decided to share some of them in a first online session on 1 April 2020.

Emilija Stojmenova, researcher at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, and director of the 4P Digital Innovation Hub Slovenia and Fablab Network Slovenia presented how digital commons could be used by locals in the production of fablabs and citizen connectivity platforms. Long before Covid19 , Fablab Slovenia had started a project to digitise municipalities in order to collect their needs and priorities and offer them different instruments such as support for telework, help in setting up the remote meeting protocol (technical support), or help for elderly people and childcare. In the more specific framework of Covid19 , the network assists in the production of 3D printed masks, collects open source resources and instructions for the personal production of certain necessary products (mask, visor, disinfectant).

Ivonne Jansen-Dings, member of Code for NL in the Netherlands, showed the role of platforms in matching supply and demand of volunteers, and the links established between several European civil society initiatives. She also presented the specific action undertaken by the Code for NL Foundation and how it reacted quickly to COVID19. Among its tools are a tool on the evolution of the virus, a community of volunteer coders, and a tracker of local responses to the crisis.

Michal Bauwens, founder of the P2P Foundation, points out that the current situation shows a combination of state and market failure, dependence on the Chinese supply chain, and massive mobilization of open source communities on medical needs. He recalls that these open source communities are helping to compensate for these shortcomings but face the weakness of inter-institutional cooperation. He called for joint action in the search for solutions, for greater efficiency.

Find all the details of this online session here.