The Events

Cultivate, WeCreate Workspace and the P2P Foundation are delighted to host Open Everything, from Wednesday 10th to Sunday 14th September 2014 in Dublin, Limerick and Cloughjordan, a series of events that brings together cooperative advocates, community activists, and commons animators to share perspectives and ideas on the question, “How can a commons-based collaborative economy strengthen the resilience of our communities?”

These events will explore and further a commons approach to building and stewarding shared resources, building community resilience and creating meaningful livelihoods.

The highlights include a major conference that will re-imagine cooperatives and look at how the cooperative model could facilitate sustainable livelihoods and service provision in our communities. We will be introducing peer production and open hardware in both the Limerick and Cloughjordan Fab Labs. A symposium will examine the potential of the old idea of the commons, which is now being rethought with new ideas from the open source community and the cooperative movement.

If we are to make the changes that are needed to adapt to climate change, or to connect with each other in deeper ways and strengthen our resilience, we need to revive the commons. This series of events is for anyone interested or active in doing that.


P2P Networks * The potential of Fab Labs and Digital Fabrication for sustainability * Social enterprises that facilitate new livelihoods * Relocalisation, Community Resilience and Permaculture * Co-working, co-housing, community supported agriculture and cooperative energy generation * Digital and complementary currencies + Open Source and Appropriate technologies + Managing the Commons for the benefit of all * Collaboration and sharing in urban and rural environments


Michel Bauwens, a Belgian Peer-to-Peer theorist and an active writer, researcher and speaker on the subject of technology, culture and business innovation.

Peter Couchman, Chief Executive of the Plunkett Foundation that supports predominantly rural communities to set up and run a range of co-operatives.

John Restakis, the former Executive Director of the BC Co-operative Association in Vancouver, has a professional background in community organising and co-op development and is the author of “Humanizing the Economy – Co-operatives in the Age of Capital’.

Órla O’Donovan, a lecturer in Applied Social Studies at University College Cork. She is interested in questions about how democracy can be deepened and worked on a special issue of the Community Development Journal on the commons, ‘Commons Sense’.

Angela Espinosa, a Colombian academic focused on issues of complexity management and self-organisation with applications in cooperative management.

Jon Walker, a UK-based proponent of the Viable Systems Model, an organisational tool used by cooperatives and communities.

Peadar Kirby, an author, Professor Emeritus of International Politics and Public Policy at the University of Limerick and a resident of Cloughjordan Ecovillage.

Mary Fogarty and Maeve O’Hair, the women who set up Loughmore Co-operative Shop and Tearooms.

Mary McDermott, a worker in education, policy analysis and community development and a co-editor of ‘Commons Sense’, the special edition of the Community Development Journal.

Davie Philip, a host and facilitator focused on sustainability and community resilience.

Also featuring others from Cultivate, WeCreate, and Cloughjordan Ecovillage plus many other local cooperative activists and commons animators.


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The structure of the Convergence is drawn from ‘Everything is Open and Free’



“At the heart of our economies, a diversification and increasing importance of collaborative practices can be observed. By proposing alternative paths of value creation and sharing, these practices open new perspectives in terms of consumption, production and innovation models.”

- Michel Bauwens, P2P Foundation – Synthetic Overview of the Collaborative Economy (PDF)


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