The Cooperativist Society Tools for a Cooperative Ecosystem: Circular Economy in Practice


Public Programs, Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18, 2017

The Cooperativist Society
Tools for a Cooperative Ecosystem: Circular Economy in Practice
Workshops, Talks, and Discussion
Athens School of Fine Arts, Giorgio De Chirico Amphitheater, 256 Pireos Street
The ideas of a circular economy and a fair ecosystem (economy and ecology) are concerned with building a new type of world, connecting and establishing a network of self-employed people, collectives, and committed individuals, beyond borders and nations through structures like FreedomCoop and digital crypto-currencies like FairCoin. The goal is to replace the present profit-oriented economic system with one centered around fairness, ideas of cooperation, and environmental sustainability. The aim of the event hosted by the Cooperativist Society is to raise awareness, share knowledge, and spread information concerning the use of FairCoin and other aspects of the circular economy’s network structures, as well as to help establish and strengthen local initiatives, incubating new cooperative projects and sharing new potential ideas.

It is, after all, necessary to move past rhetoric and build practical and viable alternatives to today’s financial establishment. In the specific case of Greece and the political issues concerning the threat of a so-called Grexit, any radical movement will have to think very seriously about economic alternatives to the Euro, and, more broadly, to present concrete and coherent choices instead of the austerity-driven, export-dominated, and ecologically unsustainable course of the “official” Greek economy. If leaving the eurozone implies total economic chaos and dislocation, it is clear that, for lack of an alternative, Greece will be trapped in the vicious cycle of further austerity. Ultimately, the brakes will be put on any form of serious social resistance. Solving this difficulty implies thinking about different currencies instead of relying on the Euro, ways of living and thinking that are different from the consumerism of the establishment, and progressing in the social direction advocated by cooperative ecosystems like FairCoop.

The two days of events will focus on practice, on learning to build your cooperative project, on meeting and collaborating with others with the same interests, on learning how to use FairCoin as a digital currency for a fair economy, and on creating a process within which a circular economy in Athens and beyond could become a reality.

You are welcome!


Friday March 17, 2017
4–9 pm

4–4:55 pm
Introduction to the concept of circular economies

5–6:55 pm
Open cooperation tools: members of the Open Collaborative Platform (OCP) showcase projects and speak about economic management within an ecosystem
Cooperative incubator: open space to share ideas for cooperative projects (artist cooperatives, Fairbnb, and more)

7:10—9 pm
Cooperative incubator: legal coop framework in Greece
FreedomCoop: general introduction

Circular economy
FairCoin: Wallet Party. Bring your phone or your laptop (the event will be repeated on Saturday)

Saturday March 18, 2017
11 am–8 pm

11 am–12:45 pm
Circular economy mapping: add your project to the map

11 am–3 pm
Cooperative incubator: open development meetings for selected projects

1–3 pm
FairCoin: Wallet Party. Bring your phone or your laptop

4–5:45 pm
Open cooperation tools: OCP (Open Collaborative Platform), learn to configure your project
Circular economy: Fairpay cards and POS workshop

6 pm
Cooperative incubator and circular economy: plenary, conclusions, synergies, and planning of follow up meetings


More info:

Drinking while walking while hosting while thinking while making together is the leitmotiv of BAR project, who takes its name from the popular and social gathering place in south European culture in order to recontextualize it and be able to work and practice (reflection-in-action) in a flexible, informal and critical way. This working condition and status goes beyond the bar extending curatorial practice into working on public realm and takes the city of Barcelona as a public project space. continues
The BAR International Symposium “Making Public Program” consist in an intensive week of working groups, roundtables, actions, My studio visit, Walking tour, performances and drinks to celebrate BAR project 2013-2017 Public Program and reflect on the past, present and future of what public programing means. A number of guest practitioners will spend a whole week in Barcelona in order to discuss and perform together on the topic; the output of that brainwork will be made public and opened to the participants of the symposium and to a larger public through the various activities building the symposium. continues

Registration until the 15th of March 2017

20th March
10am-1pm The Walking tour (Raval&Poble sec area), working groups (closed, Fabra i Coats)
4-6,30pm “Making Public Program” round table, Auditorium, Fundació Antoni Tàpies
Emily Pethick (Showroom, London)
Pablo Martínez (MACBA, Barcelona)
Santiago Villanueva (Mamba, Buenos Aires)
Valerio Del Baglivo (curator, Rome)
              Florencia Portacarrero (curator, Lima) presents Manifestaciones Públicas de Afecto, publication residency BAR project 2016
7pm onwards Intervention by Enea Cabanes (BAR TOOL#0)
BAR Welcome vermouth

21th March
10am-1pm The Walking tour (Eixample area), working groups (closed, Fabra i Coats)
4-6,30pm “Making Public Program” round table, Auditorium, Fundació Antoni Tàpies
               Jaeyong Park (Apap5, Anyang- South Korea)
               Karima Boudou (Appartement22, Rabat)
               Equipo Palomar (artists, Barcelona)
               Daisuke Koisugi & Ina Hagen (artist & founder of Louise Dany artist run space, Oslo)
7pm onwards Intervention by Julia Gorostidi (BAR TOOL#0)

22th March
10am-1pm The Walking tour (Hospitalet area), working groups (closed, Fabra i Coats)
4-6,30 pm “Making Public Program” round table, Auditorium, Fundació Antoni Tàpies
                 Leire Vergara (Bulegoa, Bilbao)
                 Daniel Blanga-Gubbay (Aleppo, Brussels)
                 Helmut Batista (Capacete, Rio de Janeiro)
                 Veronica Valentini, Andrea Rodriguez Novoa, Juan Canela (BAR project, Barcelona)
7pm onwards Interventions by Ibai Hernandorena and Tali Serruya (BAR TOOL#0)

23th March
11am-1pm My Studio Visit. The city as studio: “Estruch 24-26, 3° 1ª” by Equipo Palomar (artists, Barcelona)
5-11,30pm Fundació Antoni Tàpies:
5-6pm Workshop for Humans by Kroot Juurak & Alex Bailey (performers, Wien) – separate registration at
7-9pm BAR Public talk “Making Public Program”, Auditorium – open to general public
With Santiago Villanueva (Mamba, Buenos Aires), Valerio Del Baglivo (curator, Rome), Jaeyong Park (Apap5, Anyang- South Korea), Daniel Blanga-Gubbay (Aleppo, Brussels), Karima Boudou (Appartement22, Rabat), Leire Vergara (Bulegoa, Bilbao), Helmut Batista (Capacete, Rio de Janeiro), Veronica Valentini, Andrea Rodriguez Novoa, Juan Canela (BAR project) and Carles Guerra (Tapies Foundation)
9-11,30pm BAR party, live show by Josep Maynou (artist, Barcelona), terrace – open to general public

24th March
Studio visits with local artists

* (in ancient Greece, the symposium meant “to drink together”)
Gif by Priscila Clementti
NB: the program might be subject to changes

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In collaboration with Fundació Antoni Tàpies