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(W12) Can You See the Commons? The Sense Weaver: Visually-Driven Sense-Making

Linda Tonolli, Vicenzo D’Andrea

June 16 (EN/ES/PT)


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In this workshop, we propose the Sense Weaver, a workshop format that engages participation by means of visualization and storytelling, reflecting on what commons can be today, during the worldwide emergency of the pandemic. The Sense Weaver aims at weaving together the different perspectives of the participants, to reflect on concepts in a non-academic way, with a citizen audience. Given the current emergency, we are facing with the spread of the Covid-19 virus, which makes it difficult to travel and structure face-to-face activities, we will experiment with the participants the translation of the Sense Weaver into an online, mainly asynchronous, workshop. 

In the first part of the workshop, we will practice the Sense Weaver for conceptualizing and envisioning the Commons. In the second part, we will involve the participants in revising and adapting the Sense Weaver after the online experiment, also considering the various context of use. The last part of the workshop will aim at establishing a community of practitioners interested in using the Sense Weaver, supported by an online repository with the visual material (images) collected at each Sense Weaver edition. We welcome academic scholars, students, practitioners, and activists. We will accommodate as many languages as possible, starting with English, Spanish, and Portuguese. We welcome online participants from all over the world and will try to accommodate different time zones.

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