LOTE4 Program


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Fabrizio Barca General Director at the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Ben Vickers Curator of Digital at Serpentine Gallery,unAbbot at the unMonastery.

Robin Chase is the founder and CEO of Buzzcar, a peer-to-peer car sharing service, board member of World Resources Institute, World Economic Forum’s Transportation Council, and US National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. (t.b.c)

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Amelia Andersdotter Chair of the European Pirate Party. Previously member of the European Parliament on behalf of the Swedish Pirate Party.

Nadia EL-Imam Co-Founder and CEO of Edgeryders. Nominated for Parliament in Sweden in 2014.

David De Ugarte is one of the originators of the Spanish cyberpunk scene and co-founder of Las Indias Society, a multinational worker cooperative and new kind of socio-economic scene.




Event design

We will have three tracks: Communities stewarding physical assets, communities stewarding digital assets and communities stewarding communities.

We will have three roles: curators, stewards, support team, but not spectators.

We will have three kinds of activities: keynotes to get on the same page, parallel session to get in deep, action workshops to try out some practical stewarding.

The event is designed to: encourage maximum manageable diversity of participants in a process engineered to ensure respectful and constructive interaction between everyone involved.

Community stewardship: a third way?

Over the centuries, nation states all over Europe have developed or acquired control of assets of all kinds. The overarching logic behind this development and acquisition is generally to enable the provision of public services. In recent decades this model has become overstretched: states have found themselves struggling to find the resources to keep those assets manned so that provision of such services could continue, and had to retreat from many non-core services. Consequently, many such assets lie unused; some are beginning to deteriorate.

In an effort to correct this situation, some public assets have been turned over to the private sector. This move has had mixed results: while some financial advantages for states have indeed materialized, at least in the short term, many privatization programs suffer unintended consequences. The general consensus seems to be that it might be interesting to explore new avenues.

Communities have been singled out as candidates for taking care of some public assets, in particular those that can be used to provide services to the community itself.

There is now evidence available to indicate that communities can indeed provide stewardship. The EdgeRyders community has itself accumulated significant experience in this area. We believe the ability to come together to take care of assets in an unstable context is a key skill for surviving and thriving in the future.



23-26 October, 2014

Matera, Italy


Detailed program is under construction below.