European cities are undergoing a change that feeds on the power of the people. Citizens who are collectively making their cities by themselves, creating and developing their own social environment and the public good. They start energy cooperations, redevelop public parks, initiate bottom-up care, and more of that kind. Tonight Tine de Moor will give a lecture on the commons and the sharing economy as part of this movement. In a dialogue with Christian Iaione, Janneke Gerards and the audience we will investigate the consequences for the principle of equality as a democratic check and balance and collect the building bricks for a redesign of it.
In the debates on citizen participation, the bottom-up movement, social entrepreneurship, community trusts and more of that kind, the principle of equality is repeatedly popping-up as a topic. It is seen as a hindrance for social initiatives as its design disqualifies emerging differences, even if these are positive differences. Are we in need of a redesign of the principle of equality? We will discuss the considerations and investigate a possible direction with Tine de Moor (Professor “Institutions for Collective Action in Historical Perspective”, Utrecht University), Christian Iaione (LABoratory for the GOVernance of Commons), and Janneke Gerards (Professor of Fundamental Rights Law). Obviously, we are counting on the expertise and experiences of the audience to contribute to the quality of the dialogue.
All that we share? Commons and the “new” forms of collaborative consumption and production.
Before diving into this matter Tine de Moor will start off by defining and clarifying the social trend we are talking about. In the many debates on societal transition, both within and outside of academia, terms such as commons, sharing economy, peer-to-peer-economy, collaborative consumption, and production often are presented as one and the same, or at least very similar forms of alternatives to the current available governance regimes for goods and services. They all seem to address some form of “collectiveness” among citizens, but when digging deeper in their institutional set-up many differences become clear.
Some of these differences have to do with the incentive structures behind these varying forms of governance regimes, others relate to their “scalability”, or the extent to which they can be scaled up to deal with supra-local resource provision and distribution. In her presentation the specificities of commons as governance regime will be set-off against those of what is referred to as the “sharing economy”, followed by a reflection on the impact of commons as a governance regime for equality and access to resources.