Date(s) - March 10, 2017 - March 15, 2017
INTERNATIONAL DEEP DIVE OF MAPPING INITIATIVES
March 10-15 2017 in Florence, Italy
(arrival if possible on March 9, departure on March 16)
SAVE THE DATE!
We cordially invite you to join us for a very special gathering on March 10-15 2017 in Florence, Italy for an INTERNATIONAL DEEP DIVE OF MAPPING INITIATIVES.
This Deep Dive will enable us to make an in-depth analysis and to tackle the existing challenges to developing a common, distributed, semantic mapping process among different mapping initiatives. Initiatives who share a commitment to making visible diverse human economies and challenge dominant ways of thinking about society and economy.
How did this come about?
Mapping practitioners from initiatives such as Transformap, Green Map, Ripess and others identified this need at an informal meeting during the World Social Forum (WSF) 2016 in Montreal. Our goal is to exchange and articulate a common framework for shared data beyond our own maps and processes. We will also test this framework by applying it in a concrete region with assistance from local activists – namely the region around Florence. This will show the potential for how mapping alternatives can expand from the local to the global level. We are coming together to make this a reality.
Save the date, join us to think together, work together, map together and have fun together!
What are we trying to address?
Many mapping platforms are proliferating in silos based on idiosyncratic thinking. During the deep dive we aim to discuss, compare and match different mapping approaches, to develop a common framework (such as: Mapping as a Commons) to expedite data sharing, systems thinking, collaboration, and open development of mapping platforms; to connect the dots and map the maps. Most importantly we wish to explore the potential of working more closely together.
Why is this important?
Mapping supports the strategic development of Commons, SSE (Social Solidarity Economy) initiatives and other alternatives. Community mapping is becoming part of engaged planning processes, school programs and leadership development projects.
Mapping generates action as it guides the way we explore, experience and interpret the world. Mapping is universally understood and contributes in a very palpable way to developing a new “world-view”. Maps change perceptions and support the discovery and creation of links between initiatives, increasing opportunities for collaboration and innovation.
Will there be a public event?
A public exchange session and presentation of our progress is planned for day 4. Representatives of local initiatives are likely to be part of the dive and the mapping exercises will highlight their examples.