St-Imier 2020
Monday, November 25, 2019
St-Imier 2020 gatherings program is being worked on
We have started preparing the St-Imier 2020 gatherings and will share schedule information as more details become clear over the next months.

The main 2020 gatherings will take place at the Décentrale Synergiehub and at Espace Noir starting mid-June and extending to mid-September 2020.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019
St-Imier 2019 Autumn Schedule
Friday, September 6th - Friday September 13th

Confederation Without Borders

Assembling the basic building blocks of for a federated bottom up governance around a basic set of principles of translocal cooperation between grassroots movements. Along the gathering in Reykjavik, the joint remote participation at the Décentrale intents to follow this schedule:

Friday 6th, 17h-21h:

Municipalism, democratic confederalism, concepts, definitions

The origins and the meaning, from Bookchin to Ocalan, from the Zapatistas to Rojava, contrasting vs the state.

Saturday 7th, 16h-19h:

Ecology and democratic confederalism

Feedback and current perspectives from Climate struggles, climate camps Venice, Fridays for Future, Extinction Rebellion, community forestry movement of Nepal.

Sunday 8th, 17h-20h:

How to build processes of democratic confederalism

Building community where community no longer exists, the role of the revolutionary organisation, how to achieve popular political education.

Monday 9th, 14h-19h:

Equality and democratic confederalism

Issues of inequality, gender equality, rights of minorities, micro power dynamics, removing discrimination and oppression from our movements, understanding fascism and radical democracy as defence against it.

Tuesday 10th, 16h-19h:

Economy and democratic confederalism

A moral economy from a libertarian municipalism perspective, the importance of building alternative economy, the false answer of 'green capitalism'.

Wednesday 11th, 16h-19h:

Knowledge, Technologies and democratic confederalism

Putting knowledge in the hands of the commons, decentralized technologies, resilience to the state, software needs of a confederation without borders.

Friday 13th, 12h-15h:

Global issues and democratic confederalism

Influencing global institutions from bottom up democratic systems, diplomacy without borders, eastern and western wisdom, indigenous wisdom and traditions brought to bear.

If you are interested to participate, fill out the following form and we will send you additional information:

Thursday, September 12, @Décentrale

Paper Ledger based Social Credit

On the 12th of September we will meet at the Decentrale to discuss strategies for the implementation of the Kong and use of faircoin in our respective places. During that meeting we also want to organise an information day to encourage the use of these alternative payment and exchange systems. The Kong is a mutual credit system accounted for on paper, with a form of basic income and denoted in Fairo. It would be great if many of you can join us to develop further local and permacircular economy.

Le 12 septembre, nous nous réunirons à la Décentrale pour discuter des stratégies possibles pour instaurer le Kong et l'utilisation du faircoin dans nos lieux respectifs. Au cours de cette réunion, nous voulons également organiser une journée d'information pour encourager l'utilisation de ces systèmes alternatifs de paiement et d'échange. Le Kong est un système de crédit mutuel comptabilisé sur papier, avec une forme de revenu de base et indiqué en Fairo. Ce serait formidable si beaucoup d'entre vous pouvaient se joindre à nous pour développer davantage l'économie locale et permacirculaire.

If you are interested to participate, fill out the following form and we will send you additional information:

Friday, September 13, 19:30 @EspaceNoir

Ni Dieu Ni Maître, une histoire de l'anarchisme

En présence du Tancrède Ramonet, le réalisateur de la série documentaire "Ni dieu ni maître: une histoire de l'anarchisme". Une projection d'extraits de la 3ème partie, qui parlera de l'histoire plus récente de l'anarchisme. Sa série de documentaire est pour l'instant séparé en 2 parties. La première partie revient sur l'histoire de l'anarchisme jusqu'au début de la première guerre mondiale, et la deuxième partie du début de la 1ère guerre jusqu'à la fin de la 2ème guerre mondiale. Cela fait maintenant quelques années que Tancrède réalise la 3ème partie.

Saturday, September 14

A Forest for the Internationalist Martyrs of the Rojava Revolution

ANF News: Hain für die Gefallenen der Revolution in Rojava

If you are associated with an organization that would like to come plant a tree for the fallen internationalist martyrs of Rojava on the 14th of September, please let us know:

Concert L'n'B

Chansons mit Blut, Wut und Mut. Lila and Bruno are musical guests for the Rojava Internationalists commemoration day.

Saturday, September 21, 16h @ Espace Noir

Journée Anti Pub

Car la publicité s'impose à nous par un matraquage de chaque instant. Elle pollue nos esprits en nous aveuglant. Elle dissimule les conditions réelles dans lesquelles les marchandises qu'elle vante sont produites et occulte les conséquences sociales et écologiques de notre hyper-consommation. Son objectif est de nous pousser à l'acte d'achat par tous les moyens et en tous lieux, quitte à mettre en danger notre intégrité physique. Par ses techniques de manipulation, elle court-circuite notre entendement, stimule nos instincts les moins nobles, assèche notre imaginaire et voudrait nous faire croire que le bonheur dépend nécessairement de notre pouvoir d'achat. Exposition, projection du film, débats, repas et du musique. Le tout à prix libre.

September 22 - 23, @Décentrale

Medicinal and edible wild plant workshop

Learn to identify, harvest, and use many varieties of wild plants for preparing meals as well as for medicinal use in this weekend workshop. As has become a Décentrale tradition, this training will be guided by Jean-François Henry.

If you are interested to participate, fill out the following form and we will send you additional information:

Friday October 11, 17h - Sunday, October 13, 17h

Cercle de Paix

Les Cercles de Paix s’adressent particulièrement aux femmes mais aussi aux hommes de tout milieu culturel.

Ces Cercles de paix sont offerts dans le monde entier par les Femmes artisanes de paix, un réseau global de femmes dont la mission est d’encourager d’autres femmes et hommes à croire en leur rôle de faiseurs de paix à tous les niveaux de la société.

Un Cercle de paix est un programme interactif qui dure en générale trois jours, organisé en petit groupe. Comme pour chaque Cercle de paix, le programme contient des présentations faites par les facilitatrices, des exercices interactifs et des temps de réflexion personnelle, ainsi que des récits de vie des participantes. Les participants se pencheront sur des questions comme: Qu’est-ce que la paix? Quelles sont les qualités d’un artisan de paix? Quels sont nos modèles d’artisans de paix? Qu’est-ce qu’est la paix intérieure, l’écoute de l’autre, l’écoute de soi-même et le pouvoir du pardon?

Si vous souhaitez participer, remplissez svp le formulaire en ligne suivant, afin de réserver votre place et recevoir des informations supplémentaires:

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FairHackathon from May 31st to June 9th, as part of St-Imier 2019

From May 26th to June 12th we'll gather on Mont-Soleil to work on building tools for the emerging fair ecosystem. During these days we aim to reset base around a collective development roadmap for the next 2-3 years. Your presence is important, as we will agree on a common path, where possible, so when we are back home, we continue working on the same synergetic line, making progress more efficient for everyone.

Of central importance in this will be the FairHackathon during the days of May 31st to June 9th, where we focus on the broadening our collective understanding of the key technologies in our software stack and hack together on improvements and developing our skills peer to peer. We'll share knowledge about how to build and enhance the wallets software and how to develop applications around them with the available libraries and APIs.

In the days before and after that hackathon, we focus more on the application needs and feature requirements which will help manifest the best flow for people participating in the fair ecosystem. This will include the models and solutions for aspects such as achieving translocal economic fairness, grassroots governance and strengthening the web of trust in the fair economy.

Anybody with a shared interest to help transform society towards embracing a fair ecosystem is welcome to join us during these days. There are no special skill requirements, as we will help each other to enhance our skills peer to peer. Besides poeple with technical skills, participants that are more intersted in the usability and conceptual functionality are equally welcome to join us.

This is an opportunity for you to get more developers working with the code you have been developing and it is an opportunity to get broader support to help create the tools you feel have been missing.

The tech topics we will be covering include:
  • Faircoin: Social wallet, Coopshares, Coopshares wallet, Payment gateways (ERPnext, Woocommerce, ...), working with FairCoin related wallets, libraries and APIs
  • Faircoop: Use Farcoin, Fair Market (as "openbazaar"), OCP/Shroom/CommonsPub
  • Maintenance, sysadmins and backups access and strategy
  • Distributed backends, dev, staging & production environments management and servers provisioning
  • Developing new proof of concept apps building on our available software stack and APIs
We will also coordinate some global online working times for remote participation. Which topics are covered on each day will be adjusted to the interest and desired focus of the participants present on any given day. We may split into two or more groups at times to work on different subjects the same day.

If you are interested to join this FairHackathon, please fill in the form here and you will receive more detailed information:

Events during this St-Imier 2019 gathering as part of the side program at Espace Noir:

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Tools for a Self-Empowered Culture, May 26 - June 12, 2019
This years gatherings will be around the topic of designing and developing the tools we need to make self-empowered culture work better.

Throughout these meetings, we expect to re-settle basis for our development plan for the next 2-3 years, so your presence is important. We'd like to agree on a common path where possible, so when we are back home, we continue working on the same synergetic line, making progress more efficient for everyone.

The 2019 gatherings will start on May 26th and will go on until at least June 12th.

Agenda: (français/english)

26th May - 5th June:

Interactive Art exposition, Espace Noir
DJTAL: Artiste Gilet Jaune
RAMA: Hackactiviste et principal créateur de la webapp DelDj

Venez participer à la création de l’art d'aujourd'hui, ainsi qu'à la politique de demain!

Et si l'expérience de l'artiste dessinateur ou du peintre en apparence si solitaire pouvait devenir non seulement collaborative, participative mais aussi accessible à toutes et à tous de façon immédiate et simple. La puissance du "beau", du mystique, du tribal... bref l'expérience de la machine ludique interactive: le Totémizateur. Ce dernier, une création de peinture vidéo trippante conçu par Djtal Humain, vous donnera un autre regard sur les métiers de l'Art Destinatoire, en sachant capter vos compétences, vos dispositions ou prédispositions à l'expression audiovisuelle. Par de simples tracés dans le sable et la reconnexion avec l'un des plus ancestrales gestes d'écriture humain sublimé par la puissance de calcul d'un ordinateur et une playlist électro de bonne facture, un nouveau paradigme de la créativité peut s'ouvrir à vous: un voyage au cœur d'une esthétique en constante mutation. 

Aussi dans un autre volet de l'exposition vous pourrez découvrir le travail destinatoire-papier du Digital Humain frère djumeau du Djtal, dont le geste consiste à fusionner divers langues en mode “lego". Dans une forme graphique absolument subréaliste les mots, les lettres, les symboles occupent et colorent l'espace de la feuille. Tout cela afin de concevoir une langue géopoétik capable de rivaliser avec la Novlangue Technocratik du moment (le Désespéranto!?). Un nouvel armement sémiologik, syntaxik, conceptuel est possible et nécessaire ou vital. Vous pourrez peut être participer directement ou indirectement au projet néopolitik du Décapitalisme Articulturel lancé en 2018-2019 au cœur du mouvement des Gilets Jaunes et découvrir sa dimension astroéconomik avec les premières pages du manuscrit oridjnal du Livre Jaune de Tetsuo Nakamoto - petit frère caché de Satoshi Nakamoto - engagé dans la lutte finale aux côtés du Grand Jaujaune et découvrir le système monétaire officiel complet papier des GJ : les Billets Jaunes évidemment convertibles en Djtos.

Découvrez également la webapp DelDj, afin d’unir la création visuelle avec la création musicale et parfaire cette expérience synergique. 

26th May:

Vernissage: Interactive Art exposition, 15:00, Espace Noir
Documentaire J'veux du soleil, 16:00, Espace Noir
Table ronde et discussion au sujet du mouvement des Gilets Jaunes, 17:45, Espace Noir

27th May:

Tools for a self-empowered culture, 10:00-19:00, Décentrale

28th to 30th May:

Building Fair Circular Economy, Décentrale

How do we best extend and curate the web of trust that is the market participants of the fair economy. What are preconditions to be considered "fair", which are the merchants that we know to be fair accordingly and which economic links can we manifest between them.

Glocal Governance Model - Case in point: FairCoop, Décentrale

In this workshop we will be looking of ways to apply glocal governance models to the needs and circumstances of the FairCoop community. FairCoop's focus isn't governance but the development of a global grassroots fair economy. As it aims to achieve its goal, it however needs to build the corresponding governance structures. We want to see how the models we develop can help in this context and how this practical example can help develop our models.

FairCoin ecosystem and Fairo exchange rate review gathering, Décentrale

We aim to review the concept of exchange rates between the "Fairo" purchasing power peg, FairCoin and other currencies. The Fairo is intended to be a reference point for purchasing power value in the emerging fair economy. We are defining an ecosystem of consensus based exchange rates in a web-of-trust, creating dynamics for a Nash Equilibrium for a cooperative, fair economy. We'll discuss and further develop the proposal of using this reference point and aim to agree on a first consensus rate.

31st May – 9th June:

Hackathon at the Décentrale

We meet to discuss the current status of different tools in the FairCoop ecosystem, how to improve these tools and to work together on progress with these developments. The program will be adapted to the participants and their skills. We will organize together the daily schedules, which will not only include the working program but also food shopping, preparing meals, cleaning and social activities. Participants will be discussing and working on task ranging from system administration to the various software stacks of the FairCoop ecosystem, covering different levels of experience and programming languages, graphics work and conceptual discussions of use cases.

08:30-10:00 Breakfast
10:00 Planning the topics and working groups
10:30-13:30 Working
13:30 Lunch
15:30-19:30 Working
20:30 Dinner
NB: This timeline serves as guideline. Participants are welcome to leave earlier to join activities happening at Espace Noir.

4th June:

Video conference with @jytoumit from Duniter on theoretical aspects of the currency, 10:00, Décentrale
"Duniter is a cryptocurrency software, which means it is a software providing the ability to create currencies. Duniter is different from other cryptocurrency softwares you may know (Bitcoin, Litecoin, Peercoin, ...) for 2 main reasons : its currency code includes the concepts of a Universal Dividend and Web of Trust; but also its Blockchain code, which is far more energy efficient, getting rid of the massive waste of energy introduced by Bitcoin."

5th June

Video conference with @jytoumit from Duniter on the Duniter protocol, 10:00, Décentrale
Présentation livre Kate Austin par Aurélien Rouillan, 19:30, Espace Noir

6th June

Holochain workshop, Décentrale
Jeu de la monnaie avec @martouf, 17:30, Espace Noir
Jazzy concert, 20:00, Espace Noir

8th June

L'n'B concert, 20:00, Espace Noir

10th to 12th June

Building Fair Circular Economy, Décentrale

Glocal Governance Model - Case in point: FairCoop, Décentrale

FairCoin ecosystem and Fairo exchange rate review gathering, Décentrale

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017
The Mycelium Model of Glocal Governance - Abstract


The Mycelium Model of Glocal Governance is a governance structure that is parallel to the existing governance structures in the world. It does not aim to replace them. It is complementary to them. It has, however, the inherent power to transform them or to bring about new structures that make them obsolete.

It is glocal, translocal in nature. It is decentralised, powered through the interdependent participation of local and translocal random groups of people.

The Mycelium governance structure does not make decisions. Its function is to facilitate awareness of current consensus in society. Once collective realization arises, there should be no need for making "decisions". However, where decisions are made in the parallel old and emerging governance structures, this collective realization is taken into account as part of agreeing on the chosen path forward.

1) People gathering

From society, people gather in groups, meet at a venue or online, synchronously or asynchronously, with the aim to reach consensus.

2) Consensing process

They make use of best practice methods and tools to help reach and formulate consent or consensus outcomes.

3) Sharing outcomes

The outcomes are shared with the public and amplified to society at large. Evolving best practices will continuously improve the way in which these outcomes are kept retrievable in the most relevant ways.

The implementation of this model works by nursing and cultivating best practices for 1) People gathering, 2) Consensing process and 3) Sharing outcomes. As the quality and best practices in these three fields improve, the attention to these processes and the awareness of its outcomes in society at large will increase.

As this governance culture evolves, it will be increasingly possible to respond to challenges by retrieving information on the existing collective consensus regarding how to handle the challenge.

The Mycelium Model of Glocal Governance represents a fundamental shift away from decision making power structures to a culture of moving forward on agreed paths as a direct result of collective awareness.

The model works with existing institutions, regulations, decision-making paths and control mechanisms and does not directly control how key individuals and other decision-making bodies are to be appointed. It influences these institutions, decision-making and control mechanisms as well as their appointment only in a way in which existing checks and balances are initially unchanged. Newly emerging governance structures evolve their mandate and their checks and balances independently as well, in accordance with current regulations and control mechanisms.

The premise of the Mycelium model is a bottum up, organic and self-organisational approach that releases the full potential of individuals, communities and affinity groups to manifest change with greater sovereignty in a self-empowered, decentralized way. It at the same time ensures an increased likeyhood that the changes that are manifested are supported by a large consensus in society.

The mycelium is both a local solution and an international solution that can work in tandem, or symbiotically, with existing systems as they are transforming. This is an enlightened, innovative way to approach the challenges we all face today, but it is also a model that is striking through its simplicity. It is spoken in the very language of the nature we are trying to preserve, not only as it relates to the metaphor of the mycelium shape, but also in the way it creates an entire ecosystem for current and future governance best practices and how it works with the nature of the human being instead of against it.

António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations on the 19th September 2017 stated:

“The UN needs to decentralise it's decisions and to create a game changing strategy that places more on people than on process.“

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Monday, November 6, 2017
The Mycelium Model of Glocal Governance - Description


The need for a new shape for current and future challenges

As we recognise the need to see global challenges as a requirement for more global coordination and cooperation, and hence, the need for governance to become one global organisation, we at the same time see organisations of all sizes shifting from simple decision making structures towards a more complex governance culture. Governance at any level and organisations of any size are becoming increasingly synonymous concepts.

Different shapes of organising, providing a historic context

In recent human history, different paradigm shifts in how we organise and govern have come about at an increasing pace. From a triangle shaped governance, that is authority based and where the bottom line is what the person in charge is saying, to boxed shaped forms of organisation where the bottom line is what the "contract" says, to circle shaped governance, which is dialogue based and where the bottom line is what we decide together.

These waves of new forms of organising have spilled into the cultures of our society in ways where the older organisation structures continued to exist in parallel. The new organisations tend to form along side old ones, but grow to increasing importance, while the older organisation structures slowly fade in their relevance.

On the historic time scale, authority based organising has shaped our governance for thousands of years while contract based governance has become of primary importance during the past centuries. In comparison, dialogue based, collective decision making has really been gaining only during the past decades, with a vast amount of our governance structures still dominated by the earlier forms of organisation. However, we see an exponentially fast transformation happening towards the more advanced forms of organising, to the point of new paradigm shifts happening already before the impact of earlier shifts is fully felt in society.

The shape of the mycelium

We propose that the new shape of a governance culture to meet current and future challenges is that of the mycelium.

"I have increasingly come to regard the mycelium as a heterogenous army of hyphal troops, variously equipped for different roles and in varying degrees of communication with one another. Without a commander, other than the dictates of their environmental circumstances, these troops organise themselves into a beautifully open-ended or indeterminate dynamic structure that can continually respond to changing demands."

Dr Alan Rayner ( Biologist and Educator)

The word “mycelium” literally means “more than one”. The plural form is Mycelia. The word has modern Latin and Greek origins and was first coined in text in the early 1800’s, and refers to the thread-like body of a fungus.

The spores of most fungi grow a network of branching filamentous hyphae, which spread into the existing organic structures. In most fungi, hyphae are collectively called a mycelium. The hyphae excrete enzymes that break down the old and turn it into compost, which serves as nutrient for the emerging new.
Where hyphae gather to form a whitish mycelium-soil aggregated zone, called the shiro, a mushroom will come out as the fruit bodies of the mycelium, with its spores spreading to grow new hyphea elsewhere.

The shape of the Mycelium applied to governance

Like a spore from a mushroom, people that carry the awareness about a collective consensus in society, will be motivated to move to action along that path. Like hyphea, they will grow to find others that they can join in order to implement projects for manifesting the change that is called for. Or they will be motivated to further explore related aspects regarding that challenge and gather in groups with others that share that interest. Like in shiro, these gatherings, with the use of best practice processes, will create consensus outcomes statements that, like mushrooms, send the spores of that newly gained awareness out in society.

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