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DIY networking workshop

EU Funded projects

MAZI (meaning "together" in Greek), http://mazizone.eu, is an ongoing Horizon2020 CAPS project (2016-2018), which develops a DIY networking toolkit for enabling citizens to easily install and customize local wireless networks according to their own needs. The MAZI toolkit includes a wide variety of FLOSS applications can be deployed by anyone with basic computer skills in specific geographic locations in the city, accessible only to those inside the coverage of the network, creating a hybrid space that can be collectively designed and managed from those concerned, a MAZI Zone. NetHood is leading the Interdisciplinarity workpackage and the Zurich pilot in the Kraftwerk1 cooperative housing and living project, while Panayotis Antoniadis has been one of the initiators and advocators of the concept of DIY networking itself (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DiY_networking).

netCommons, http://netcommons.eu, is an ongoing Horizon2020 CAPS project (2016-2018), which promotes and supports Community Networks as a sustainable and empowering paradigm for building networking infrastructures as a commons. The project brings together experts in engineering, computer science, economics, law, political science, urban, media, and social studies, and develops strong links with successful Community Networks like guifi.net, ninux.org, and sarantaporo.gr, promoting their cause through communication and dissemination activities, advocacy efforts, participatory processes, engineering and scientific contributions, and more. NetHood is the leader of the dissemination workpackage and the tasks on participatory design of local applications and community currencies.

Heteropolitics, http://heteropolitics.net is an ERC Consolidator Grant (2017-2020), with PI Dr Alexandros Kioupkiolis from the University of Thessaloniki, explores among others how meaningful civic participation on various levels could be enhanced through institutional reforms which build on grassroots initiatives so as to promote social integration (including migrants). NetHood is working on community building activities from the point of view of social movements in Greece, focusing on knowledge exchange processes around two important common resources: housing and networking infrastructures. In this context, NetHood acts as a “knowledge broker” in two local projects (Cohab Athens, http://cohabathens.com, and Sarantaporo.gr Community Network, http://sarantaporo.gr), bringing knowledge through its participation in two other EU projects, MAZI (cooperative housing) and netCommons (community networks).

Other projects

L200, http://langstrasse200.ch, is a collective initiative around a shared urban space in Zurich, which a group of associations present in the Kreis 5 neighborhood, including NetHood, aim to transform it into a hybrid urban living lab managed as a commons, responding to several local needs such as a) to meet fellow neighbors in a common space, b) to promote local shops, ateliers and initiatives, c) to network people, activities and places in both analogue and digital forms, and d) to facilitate collective learning processes on various topics. From NetHood’s perspective L200 is a spin-off of the MAZI and netCommons projects, recognizing the need of a permanent public, and centrally located space that can host a wide variety of participatory processes around technology, housing, collective learning, and more becoming in essence a reference point and real-life testbed for NetHood’s current and future projects.

ParLa (PARticipatory LAboratory), http://nethood.org/parla, aims to network localities and to bring in touch people in the proximity by organizing events in neighborhood places that stimulate a participatory process. Geographic locations today are part of the hybrid (physical and digital) space, and thus local networking means connecting places as well as people through both means. The purpose of the PARLA project is twofold. In the long term such deliberative participatory practices enable the formation of local networks, and initiate also social learning processes around neighborhood-relevant topics. At the same time, the project has a transdisciplinary research dimension that pertains to a phenomenological approach to hybrid (physical and digital) local networks, considering society and technology (artifact and attitude that makes it meaningful) as being each other's condition of possibility to be. In community networks, this phenomenological take reveals the constitutive conditions that make local technologies relevant and refers to a know-how that is the result of embodied, improvisational, relationship-attuning practice.

Openki, http://about.openki.net, is a project whose vision is to transform education to a collective learning experience of everyday life, self-organized, participatory, inclusive, and fun. It tries to do this through an open-source platform, http://openki.net, that facilitates the organization of collective learning processes, including the proposal of a subject of a course, finding mentors who can teach it, and looking for hosts who can provide a room for the course. NetHood is part of the group of people that develops the platform and the ideas around it, software engineers, designers, educators, facilitators, and helps to spread and develop the idea through its networks in Athens, London, and more. It also uses the Openki platform for the development of learning processes around DIY networking and other related concepts explored in its funded projects MAZI and netCommons.

CoHab Athens, http://cohabathens.com, is a research collective created in 2016. The main goal is to put in practice the diverse skills of its members (architecture, urban studies, anthropology, activism, interdisciplinary research) and collaborate both with local groups, like the Exarchia Residents Initiative Committee, and international organizations, like Mietshauser Syndikat, https://www.syndikat.org/en/, and Neustart Schweiz, http://neustartschweiz.ch, to explore how different successful models of cooperative housing in Europe could provide inspiration for rethinking housing in Greece. NetHood is an active participant in this process and also contributed in its first steps, by organizing a nomadic knowledge-exchange workshop Zurich, http://nethood.org/housing/zurich, which led to a five day workshop in Venice Biennale in 2016, which was the official starting point of Cohab Athens. See also http://o500.org, a web site curated by Panayotis Antoniadis (in collaboration with Neustart Swcheiz).

Past projects

Compare, http://compare-network.net, was a small project funded through an Open Call of the EINS, Network of Excellence in Internet Science EU Horizon2020 project, with the objective to build a network of researchers and practitioners who have diverse understandings of the role the Internet can play in the self-organization of socio-technical and economic systems in different online and offline contexts. NetHood’s co-founders, Panayotis Antoniadis and Ileana Apostol, at that time senior researchers at ETH Zurich, were the coordinators of the project, which successfully created links between researchers and activists in the areas of DIY networking, cooperative housing and complementary currencies, that materialized in concrete collaborations, like the MAZI and Heteropolitics projects.