Projects

Current Global Projects:
Past Global Projects
  • OpenSE - Open educational framework for Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • FCForum 2009 - Free Culture Forum 2009, held in Barcelona
  • SELF - R&D on a collaborative construction platform for educational materials on Free Software and Open Standards
  • FKFT 2008 - Free Knowledge, Free Technology Conference 2008 held in Barcelona
Talks and courses promoting change in key areas:
  • Social innovation
    • Supporting Fabsost
    • Social Innovation Course by Barcelona’gov: one day organised by FKI on digital social innovation
    • Smart City masterclass at Engineers Association Camins.cat 
  • Education
    • Supporting Procomuns (Commons Collaborative Economy)  
    • Supporting OSCE Days  
    • TardorTic (Consorci d'Educació de Barcelona): post at FKI web Other economies
    • Participation in International Commons Conference 2010 in Berlin
    • Drumbeat by Mozilla in Barcelona, 2010, co-organising partner
    • fOSSa Grenoble, 2010, talk in the FTA
    • Participation in Economy of the Commons Conference 2013 in Berlin
    • fOSSa Nantes, 2015, talks on Digital DIY
 
Activities in Barcelona 

FKI participates in and contributes to the collective construction of the following initiatives

La Comunificadora is an innovative Commons Startup Support Programme in Barcelona. Fifteen projects have taken part in the three-month programme (November 2016 - January 2017) exploring the viability of a pro-commons collaborative economy, looking at its social impact and seeking to establish fair relationships among agents. 

Fem Procomuns is an idea in the process of becoming reality, co-manufacturing a cooperative organisation for pro-commoners to overcome legal, economic and management hurdles to develop their projects. 

The Things Network (TTNCat) is a community network for the Internet of Things. A model, initiated in Amsterdam (with ten LoRa antennas (a new free-radio technology covering the city with a free data network) is being replicated around the world, and also in Catalonia. The idea is to lay the foundations for a smart city built bottom-up and managed by citizens (commons). TTNCat aims to foster technological independence and social autonomy by building smart cities connecting sensors and actuators to the network.
The Free Knowledge Institute promotes this initative by organising and documenting community meetings, updating the email list, curating the wiki and social media networks.

Smart City Barcelona Commons Report has been produced for the Barcelona City Council to "develop a strategic vision of the knowledge society which would facilitate citizen empowerment through technology". 
Commissioned in early 2016, the report diagnoses the main problems, objectives and actions in the following areas: software, telecommunications networks, physical products (for example of makers and open design, R&D centres, and circular economy), collaborative consumption, and commerce, energy and mobility. It upholds the common good and citizen empowerment through technology and accordingly focuses on projects related to free/open/common goods, and the collaborative, social and solidarity economy. 

Smart City Expo World Congress 2016 (SCEWC) technical committee of experts. The work included evaluating and selecting papers for Congress presentation, as part of a committee of experts working in the thematic areas covered by the World Congress.  The SCEWC is the global summit for smart cities organised by Fira de Barcelona. 

BarCola is the node concerned with Collaborative Economy and Commons Based Peer Production in Barcelona. In March 2016 Barcelona was host to the Commons Collaborative Economies event (also called “Procomuns”), focused on commons-oriented peer production and the collaborative economy. This event centred on producing public policy proposals and technical guidelines for building software platforms for collaborative communities, and it drew a huge, diverse crowd from over 30 countries.. The outcome: 122 proposals and policy recommendations for governments and a joint statement of public policies for the collaborative economy, addressed to both the Barcelona City Council and the European Commission. FKI organised three sessions and actively participated in a fourth one:


Digital DIY Community Day Barcelona. On 6 July 2016, the FKI, as a participant in the EC project on Digital DIY, organised a conference with the community of local and international makers, researchers, teachers and policymakers, together with Barcelona Activa and the City Hall's working group "Barcelona Colabora" (BarCola). On 6 July we discussed, shared knowledge and sought better understanding of the impact of digital DIY-related technologies and social practices (enabling low cost prototyping and manufacturing of physical artefacts from digital specifications) in all areas of society. The overall goal was to prepare guidelines that can inform laws and public policies at EC, member state and city levels. 

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