22 Jun

Common gardening - hands-on urban commons. Garten Annalinde, Leipzig.
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Urban Commons | Urban Open Source

Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Urban Commons: commonly misunderstood?

Interpretation and innovation within the context of the Commons debate


Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Großer Saal I Schumannstr. 8 10117 Berlin



The Heinrich Böll Foundation is political thank tank for green ideas and projects, a reformist political future workshop and an international network. The foundation works with over a hundred partner projects in more than sixty countries and currently has offices in thirty of them. During Make City’s first year The Heinrich Böll Foundation is the festival's main sponsor and it has developed a discussion series of four events, which will take place at the Foundation’s headquarters located in Schumann Strasse 8.


The profile of the term “urban commons” has never been higher in public consciousness – but it has been understood in a multitude of ways. To some concerns the appropriation of land for public use, whilst others relate it to a bottom-up debate about public goods and infrastructures. This panel will address a key strand of the Make City Festival’s programme: how can such a debate on the meaning of the term act as catalyst for innovation when it comes to the future development of spaces and services for “public purpose”?

Jens-Holger Kirchner District Councillor for Urban Development and the Deputy Mayor of Pankow district, Berlin
Guido Spars Professor of the Economy of Planning and Building, Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Silke Helfrich Commons activist and journalist, Jena
Andreas Krüger CEO, belius, Berlin
Jens Libbe Urbanistik, director of the research deparment "Infrastructure and Public Services"
Sabine Drewes (Moderation), Heinrich Böll-Stiftung Berlin
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