Democracy and participation, Social inclusion, Municipalism, Social Justice

Commons for Europe 2019


Who is behind this?

Sophie Bloemen

Commons Network Gemeinnützige UG


Who is joining forces?

P2P Foundation




Our organizations follow commons-oriented principles, both in our internal management as well as how we approach collaboration. We operate on trust, autonomy and shared common values.

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Systemic crises in Europe have damaged trust in democratic representation. Meanwhile, many crises have been met with fresh alternatives using the collaborative practices of the Commons. Europe, as a beacon of progressive values, can lead the transition to a sustainable, participatory system uniting political actors and local initiatives. This campaign will promote Commons discourse in political debate, leading European politics and the EP2019 elections towards an inclusive Commons agenda.

Where will your idea take place?

This will be a European wide campaign with an emphasis on Madrid, Amsterdam & Berlin.

Why does Europe need your idea?

Centralised, remote decision making and corporate globalization have led to a sense of alienation among citizens craving self-determination and inclusion. Adopting the Commons paradigm would give EU politicians a path towards a governance of the people, a deep democracy beyond representation.

What is your impact?

The Commons as a political topic will be on the EP2019 election agenda. Parties campaign and debate on commons topics, and its narrative stands for real change. Voters seek common issues as deciding factors for election. Activism and advocacy for the Commons will emanate from EU organizations.

How do you get there?

Progress mapping and promotion of movements and areas in Europe where activists fight for the Commons, as focal points for EP2019 campaigns. Launch book of political proposals from European Commons Assembly and thought leaders, focused on our network’s expertise (eg. democracy, energy, open knowledge, collaborative economy, health). Local magnet events for political party debates on Commons. Video, online interactives eg. “commons scoring”: rate political parties/platforms on commons metrics.

What is your story?

We need to transition to another system that is socially and ecologically sustainable. Europe, as a beacon of progressive values, could take lead in this transition. We feel that people are ready for, and crave a comprehensive alternative, embodied in the concepts and practices of the Commons.

Who are you doing it for?

Politicians, social actors, citizens, We aim to create cohesion around a joint vision, bridging struggles across social movements to come together around a positive agenda.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We are especially interested in opening a dialogue about political needs, listening to the community, especially in areas where people feel politically disenfranchised, and creating community-led political strategies and actions.



Idea created on Jan. 18, 2018

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