Implementing social commons


- The centrality of economic and social rights

German Jaraiz Arroyo, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla

- The centrality of culture for social commons

Julie Ward, MEP

- Practical implications of adopting a commoning approach to social protection – options for activism and policy development

Labour: Dario Azzelini

Gender: Elisabetta Cangelosi


King’s transnational Law Summit 2018

11 april / Economic & Environmental Justice / 11.50 – 13.05 / PARALLEL SESSIONS / Economic Justice (E5)

The Transformation of Work & Prospects of Labour Law / Moderated by Harry Arthurs, York University


The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD): Contemporary Crisis, Recuperated Workplaces and Self-Management

June 11, 2017 11:40 am – 1:10 pm


Left Forum, The Resistance: Cooperatives - path to a different society or alternative business model? Chances and risks of workers' self-management in capitalism



SUNDAY June 4th Session 6: 12:00pm - 1:50pm


Coloquio internacional “Escenarios actuales de los gobiernos progresistas en América Latina, ¿fin de ciclo?.

Benemérita universidad Autónoma de Puebla
Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades "Alfonso Vélez Pliego"
Posgrado en Sociología • CA195 Sociología Política y del Desarrollo


Dario Azzellini: Labour as a Commons: The Example of Worker-Recuperated Companies

International Development Studies Visiting Speakers Program


“Democracy and the Commons: How Communities Around the World Are Taking Control of their Work, their Neighbourhoods and their Lives.”

A free public lecture and video screening

Dario Azzellini is an Italian/German scholar, author, filmmaker and political activist who lives in Berlin and is an assistant professor at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. He holds a PhD in political science from the Goethe University in Frankfurt (Germany) and a PhD in sociology from the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico).

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Marx is Muss. Rätedemokratie: Alternative zu Parlament und Kapitalismus?


Welche Alternativen von demokratischer Selbstorganisierung der Gesellschaft jenseits des Parlaments und des Kapitalismus können wir uns vorstellen? Ist das Modell einer selbstverwalteten Rätedemokratie dafür tauglich? In dieser Podiumsveranstaltung stellen Sozialwissenschaftler Alex Demirovic, Autor und Filmemacher Dario Azzelini und marx21-Koordinierungskreismitglied Stefan Bornost ihre Überlegungen hierzu vor.


Production and Commons

Commons is determined by the wish of stakeholders to govern a resource together, a principle which contests property rights on this resource. Nevertheless, the term resource is misleading, since the commons depends on activity, on using and taking care, agreeing on rules and finding systems to regulate use and access in order to create a sustainable common. Therefore, there is no commons without commoning (Linebaugh 2008).


Konferencija: "Vratimo socijalizam u igru: elementi za promišljanje socijalističke alternative"

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Učestvuju: Mario Candeias, Dario Azzellini, Marija Jakovljević, Jelena Veljić, Iva Marković, Tanja Vukša, Andras Juhas, Dušan Maljković, Darko Vesić, Miloš Baković Jadžić, Vladimir Simović.


Athens Biennale 2015–2017 Omonoia

Participants: Dario Azzellini & Oliver Ressler, Avtonomi Akadimia, Campus Novel, Depression Era, The Contemporary Greek Art Institute (ISET), Valentina Karga, Fanis Kafantaris, Zissis Kotionis along with students (School of Architecture, University of Thessaly), Playroom, State of Concept, UrbanDig Project, 3 137, Citizens of Mets Initiative


Bienale de Atenas: Omonoia 2015-2017

La Bienale de Atenas 2015-2017 con el simbólico título “OMONOIA”, que significa concordia, aspira a funcionar como un puente entre el pasado con el presente y el futuro. Acaba de inaugurar el 18 de noviembre un bienio de actividades que se desarrollarán en la céntrica plaza de Omonoia y en otros espacios de la zona centro.


Internationalismus im 21. Jahrhundert, Konferenz I Berlin 2015

Ausgehend von der historischen Reflexion in der Vorveranstaltung debattieren hier die Referent_innen über Grundfragen einer heutigen, modernen internationalistischen Ausrichtung – sowohl im Streben nach politisch-gesellschaftlichen Veränderungen als auch in der internationalen Solidaritätsarbeit. Hierbei sollten unter anderem folgende Knackpunkte und Themenfelder angerissen werden: Internationalismus und internationale Solidarität – eine Dialektik; Wo wird Solidarität geübt, wo ist sie nötig?; Solidaritätsarbeit vs.


Congreso internacional Imaginarios utópicos: pasado, presente y futuro

Desde el 15-M de 2011, son muchos los acontecimientos que han puesto de relieve la existencia en España de una corriente de reivindicación política y social imaginativa y contestataria, que responde a demandas de sectores de la ciudadanía desengañados con las formas convencionales de representación y con la gestión política de las instituciones. Esta corriente no es exclusivamente española, sino que enlaza con un reverdecimiento en todo el mundo de vías para expresar la disconformidad en formatos que tienen mucho de utópicos.


Netzwerk Mieten & Wohnen – Konferenz 2015

Seit vielen Jahren kämpfen Mieter*innen und Mietervereine gegen die fortlaufenden Verschlechterungen auf dem Wohnungsmarkt. Die Idee einer Versorgung breiter Bevölkerungskreise mit bezahlbaren und lebenswerten Wohnungen hat sich zugunsten einer marktorientierten Versorgung gewandelt. Diese Entwicklung läuft nicht ohne Widerstand von Mieter*innen und Mietervereinen in zahlreichen Städten. Was aber fehlt ist eine systematische Diskussion grundsätzlicher Alternativen in der Mieten- und Wohnungspolitik, die über die derzeitigen tagespolitischen Diskussionen hinausgehen.


With, Against and Beyond Left Governments?

The election of SYRIZA in Greece and rising popularity of Podemos and similar local parties in Spain has again opened the question for autonomous movements as to how change can be made in society. This panel will argue that change is made from below, but at the same time bring into question if change from above can make more space for those from below. The focus will be on concrete experiences of popular base movements, where the panelists have had direct experience, including in Spain, Greece, Argentina, Uruguay and Venezuela.


Book launch: An Alternative Labour History. Worker Control and Workplace Democracy

Presentation of "An Alternative Labour History: Worker Control and Workplace Democracy" (Zed Books) edited by Dario Azzellini. The global financial crisis has led to radical forms of protest and new workers’ takeovers have sprung up all over the globe. In the US, Republic Windows and Doors started production under worker control in January 2013. Later that year workers in Greece took over and managed a hotel, a hospital, a newspaper, a TV channel and a factory. The dominant revolutionary left has viewed workers' control as part of a system necessary during a transition to socialism.


Is Post-Chavez Venezuela Still Leftist?

In the aftermath of the death of Hugo Chávez, the key question for the left is whether his successors have been true to his legacy, or whether the “revolutionary process” has now stalled or, even worse, been thrown into reverse. The pressing problems that now beset Venezuela have convinced some Chavistas that President Nicolás Maduro is lacking in Chávez’s political acumen. These problems include chronic shortages of consumer goods and an annual inflation rate of over 60 percent.


“Ihr repräsentiert uns nicht!” Soziale Bewegungen vom 15M bis Occupy

Marx ist Muss 2015, Franz -Mehring-Platz 1, 10243 Berlin


Social movements and the fight against authority

The lecture will take place in the social centre Aftonomo Steki in Exarcheia


Commune or nothing: Dual power and popular self-organization in Venezuela and Latin America

With Marina Sitrin and Dario Azzellini


Κομμούνες ή Τίποτα! Δυαδική εξουσία και λαϊκή αυτοοργάνωση στην Βενεζουέλα


Την ίδια στιγμή που ο Ούγο Τσάβες εδραίωνε την ηγεμονία του στη Βενεζουέλα, οι κάτοικοι των λαϊκών συνοικιών είχαν εκπονήσει ένα σχέδιο αντικατάστασης του κράτους με μια ομοσπονδία των οριζόντιων δομών μέσα απο τις οποίες αυτοοργανώνουν τις ανάγκες τους. 


Keine Position beziehen ist keine Kunst

Discussing a radical intellectual and radical art practice.
Vortrag von Dario Azzellini (Soziologe & Politikwissenschaftler, JKU Linz)


Seminario: "Cooperazione produttiva nello spazio urbano"

Il presente seminario si intende come una prosecuzione ed un approfondimento tematico successivo al primo incontro, tenutosi nel mese di luglio 2014, dal titolo “Fabbriche recuperate: la ricostruzione di un territorio solidale”.



a project by Isola Art Center

in the context of
curated by Claudio Zecchi


10.30-17.00- Isola Utopia Video (a video review in loop, a web doc, books, prints etc) (click below to see the details)

17.00 From "Fight-Specific Isola" to "Isola Utopia"
Meeting with open debate
The concept of "Fight-Specific", Introduction by Antonio Brizioli.
Interventions by Andris Brinkmanis, Giusy Chechola, Elvira Vannini and others,


Krise, Zwangsdelogierung und Wohnungslosigkeit: Ausmaß und Widerstand in Europa

Es diskutieren: Júlia Alsinet Caballeria (Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipotéca - Plattform der von Hypotheken Betroffenen), Karin Baumert (Berliner Bündnis gegen Zwangsräumungen), Dario Azzellini (JKU Linz)


Vom Süden lernen? Gesellschaften im und gegen den Sparzwang

Vom Süden lernen? Gesellschaften im und gegen den Sparzwang

Weiterbildungsveranstaltung der Abteilung Politik und Entwicklungsforschung, Institut für Soziologie, JKU Linz

Mi, 19.11.2014 und Do, 20.11.2014, Rep-Räume im Unicenter der JKU
mit Abendveranstaltungen am 25.11. und 1.12.2014 im Wissensturm Linz


Slow Politics - What Europe Needs in the Age of Crisis

International Conference with the participation of Marina Sitrin and Dario Azzellini in Track 1


They Can’t Represent Us: Horizontalism & Direct Democracy Workshop with Marina Sitrin in Burlington, VT

As part of our ongoing efforts to engage with and learn from struggles in the Global South, and the Peace & Justice Center will host Marina Sitrin for a workshop on direct democracy and horizontalism. She is a facilitator and co-author, with Dario Azzellini, of the recently published They Can't Represent Us: Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy.