Associates & Methods

Associates

Associates are or have been active participants in the life of Communitism through the use and care of shared spaces and/or shared competencies

They can present an idea or suggest to host a temporary project to Communiteam at the Social-Thursday Meeting. 

Like in-house projects, temporary hosted projects are expected to follow Communitism principles and values, and coordinate with the Communiteam.

An associate that has collaborated in projects with Communiteam and shows interest in becoming a Communiteam member, may be invited to follow the Communiteam meetings for a period of 2 months, during which the Communiteam and the Associate can assess this person’s incorporation into the Communiteam.

Methodology

The uniqueness of our organisation lies in the social experiment that is being performed in the specific socioeconomic circumstances for the first time.

A society that has lost collective memory in commoning, is being called to consciously cooperate towards a specific goal: The revival of an abandoned cultural heritage building in Athens. The process has attracted people with diverse cultural backgrounds and needs.

Together they reverse the damaging factors that have caused decay in the building by keeping it in use, in collaboration with numerous communities of the local creative ecosystem. This exchange is producing rich outcomes on self-regulation dynamics developed within the organisation.

The sustainability of the experiment is a measuring factor, as well as the establishment of common ethics. The state of maintenance of the building is a mirror of the community residing in it.

Principles

The methodological principles of the project lies on the following approaches:

  • Space can form behaviour and possibly the structure of the character.
  • Real communication is achieved through common work rather than the exchange of words.
  • The level of reversing of the decay of the building is in analogy of the level of use.
  • Physical work ensures grounding to reality.

The initial lack of financial means makes the process slow enough to ensure the organic and participatory development of the organisation and the building.

The experiment initially had 3 targeted groups: Creative audiences (people that are not artists but feel the need to express themselves), local artists and international artists. However, as the project evolved , there was more of a targeted common ethics rather than specifically targeted groups of people. Statistically, we have attracted local people that might be active in social or cultural issues, travellers and newcomers (voluntary or displaced). The age span of the audience varies from 12- 50 ( average) and includes people of the arts, education, researchers and practitioners of the Commons.

During the development process, the Communiteam members have engaged in defining their common practice , now expressed through their constitutional texts: the Statement of practice and the Statute. They have developed legal tools and economic models that can keep the idea viable. They are consistently proceeding in making the Communitism concept a model to be outsourced to as many teams possible, as the vision is that of a strong functioning network.