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zondag - vrijdag
18 - 23 okt

OPEN CALL Special edition School of Commons

17:00 - 21:00

No doubt in your work as a coach you’ve learned or read about commons, but do you also find it challenging to grasp how it works in everyday life?

Over the last 4 years, Timelab has developed the School of Commons, a method based on a deep analysis of commoning practices all over the world, and turned it into an open set of patterns and tools to practice urban commoning. In collaboration with the P2P foundation, a multidisciplinary team created a heuristic, organised and coherent set of patterns describing eight observations and their commoning alternatives.

During the deep dive from October 19th - 23rd 2020, game techniques are the framework of the commoning experience. This embodied learning method makes commons accessible, hands on and highly transformative. You will build more powerful collaborations through understanding your own commoning strategies and experiences as a coach. You will receive immersive insight into commoning transitions mechanisms and gain personal resilience to overcome obstacles in your own local practice. 

What to expect:

  • A 5-day deep dive through the setting of an embodied game environment to deal critically & creatively with your observations of daily life.
  • Real-life cases built upon your experiences integrated into the game. 
  • A team of professional coaches that guides you through each of the cases of co-production and commoning transition.
  • Introduction to the School of Commons pattern language and open tools such as sociocracy and ecogood balance matrix. 
  • Plenty of time to break out and discover our videos, library and readings. 
  • Shared meals and accommodation, exploratory conversations, artistic encounters and walks through the city of Ghent. 

Apply before Aug 15th by filling in the registration form

The fall 2020 edition of The School of Commons will be unforgettable. For 5 days, and with 11 peers, 5 coaches and guests with unique backgrounds in co-creation and participation, you will have time and space for understanding how to weave your own path in urban commons practice, commoning transition and social agency.

The team

Marieke Maertens 

Laure-Anne Vermaercke

Evi Swinnen

Vanessa Brazeau

Rasa Alksnyte


The School of Commons practices an alternative model that supports economic relationships, which contribute towards a culture of deepening solidarity. We see your participation as entering a relationship as co-producers and collaborators. Timelab supported by the Flemish Government has made significant financial contribution to the development of the tools, methodology and network that makes up the School of Commons. Sharing is a basic form of solidarity. So, instead of offering our work as a service for sale, we aim to give it freely.

In this spirit, and taking into consideration the role that the School of Commons plays in Timelab’s Admiration festival (19-30/10), we’ve estimated the rate for participation in the basic actual costs of making it possible as 500 euro per participant. This includes the fees for trainers and material costs to adjust the game to actual cases. We take care of shared accommodation and food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for an additional 800 euro.

* Those who join us from the CCSC network can choose a 30% discount covered by the project. 

* We commit to challenging economic marginalization and exclusion. Therefore, if you are in difficult financial circumstances, this shouldn’t stop you from participating. Please let us know in your motivation and we can discuss a reduced rate. We need no explanation.


Location Venue: Timelab, Kogelstraat 34 - 9000 Gent
Location shared accommodation
Food allergies, special diet? Let us know.


  •  Evi Swinnen
17:00 - 21:00