We propose to give a presentation/workshop and open debate on how to apply the positive effects and strategies of the free software movement and p2p systems to the areas of education and citizen participation on the basis of The Bank of Common Knowledge experiences in Barcelona (2006) and Cambridge (2007). Other independant community media projects initiated by the barcelona based collective platoniq will be analyzed.
The Bank of Common Knowledge (BCK) is a pilot experience dedicated to the research of social mechanisms for the collective production of contents, mutual education, and citizen participation. It is a kind of laboratory platform where we explore new ways of enhancing the distribution channels for practical and informal knowledge, as well as how to share it.
BCK is organized as an opensource model of knowledge transfer, a laboratory for inventing and trying out new forms of production, education, organization and distribution, involving new roles for producers and receivers, experts and amateurs, teachers and students.
Platoniq is a group of cultural producers, radiomakers, curators and software developers who from the mix of their computer-technical knowledge and social interests have set up a number of independant community media projects such as http://www.platoniq.net/burnstation , http://openserver.cccb.org , http://www.platoniq.net/bcc