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(en) EUR@ACTION HUB PROJECT-EUROPEAN SOCIAL FORUM

From francesca <gradozero@inventati.org>
Date Mon, 14 Oct 2002 12:17:39 -0400 (EDT)


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> To friends, people from gropus, and social movements in Europe
We send you (below) the document gathering the intentions of EUR@ACTION
HUB PROJECT, that peoples from several colectives and
networks (Indymedia, Intergalactika, Chainworkers, Las Agencias,
Yomango,Moviment de ResistŔncia Global de Catalunya-Internacional,
Comunicacciˇ, Laboratorio Desobediente -Espa˝a-, Universidad Nˇmada,
Colectivo de Solidaridad con Chiapas, Dinero gratis) have
elaborated during a meeting in Barcelona, on october 5th and 6th, about
Eurpean Social Forum, that will take place in Florence, from november
6th to 10th.

Since many months ago, from different realities from the continent with
antiauthoritarian and asamblearies sensitivities, has being receiving
echo the idea to construct in Florence a space that during some time was
called "independent". This idea began to take shape during the
Noborder Camp of Strasbourg, and it became formaliced in the the
European Conference of the People's Global Action. Documents drafted
after
both encounter have been circulating around numerous mail lists. In both
situations we thought that we have to visibilice in Florence a way to
make policy that we did not feel reflected in the way ESF operates.
Since then, we have not seen totally clarify -mainly for those of us who
we are
not implied in the Italian reality- the rest of proposals from movements
or networks that are trying to form an own space in Florence, should be
inside or outside the ESF, or at least the necessary methods have not
been implemented to be able to participate actively in the processes of
construction of such spaces.
Several groups and colectivs we have met in Barcelona on october
5th-6th, valuing the dificulty/imposibility/inconvenience to implement,
because
on very diverse reasons, a kind of "omnicomprensive and complex
autonomus space" in Florence, as it had being worked in last months.
However, we thought that it is essential to work in some kind of
specific proposal from our political realities to have a presence in
Florence and
further on. From this point hub arises: in order to impel a
participative route that allows the construction of something common and
opened.

* Hub is not a proposal of space "anti", nor a jocker, some that serves
for all. We propose structure It on two thematic axes: (1) to reflect on

means, that is to say, on the processes of political production, as an
implicit critic to the vertical and barely inclusives and participatives
models;
(2) to reflect on the activist communication and the new forms of
expression of the antagonism and the conflict, it is to say, on the new
ways that
the new policy has (or should have) to express itself, stopping being an
adornment or an operation of aesthetic surgery of the old things.

* Hub is not a closed space, an autorreferencial one. To reproduce a new
more or less homogenous politic space, more or less identitary, is in
the antipodal of our proposal. It is not a political space "more" that
it is added to the supplied ones in Florence, inside, semiinside or
outside the
ESF. We impel Hub because we thought that our political realities are
part of the legitimacy that enjoys the FSE and for diverse reasons we
think
that it is had to affect him, but also that our projects overflow it,
they go further on and they are uncontainable in its frame. Hub is a
space that it
looks for to open other spaces. These other spaces (from a media center
opened to inform about all the realities and events in Florence, to work

shops with more or less heterodox format, actions, etc.), try spaces and
situations of alliance and contact, that are not nobody's property, but
temporary constructions directed to affect the situation of Florence,
and in some cases with a continuity hypothesis, in agreement with the
asamblearies and antiauthoritarian networks and movements in which or we
participated. It is essential to emphasize that Hub does not
compete with any of the political proposals that arouse in Florence,
although, by his nature, it can also show to obvious affinities and
evident
differences. It is very important also enphasize that the proposal of
Hub does not exclude, all the opposite, impel the opening of spaces and
moments of confluence within other political spaces that will take place
in Florence. Such confluences will have to be part of our path.

* Hub is, in effect, a connector. It is not a space paid attention with
a pre-established content. Anyone can contribute with proposals
conceived
specifically for Hub, but "also connect" to this space other that can
take place in other spaces or moments of Florence. Hub is also an
interconnection tool: in order to make come together proposals or ideas
until now dispersed or insufficiently formalized, that through Hub can
perhaps acquire a greater complexity. The document that we enclosed to
you contains an approximate listing of the type of initiatives that are
in
march.

The best tool that we have found to implement Hub is a Web page
(http://www.inventati.org/hub), whose operation and objectives are
explained in
the document.

All of you are invited to contact the opened list (hub@inventati.org )
with asambleary operation and, we hope, to participate in the path that
now we
opened.

All of you are invited to propose,  prepare (or to help to prepare)
workshops o to give any kind of idea
(http://www.inventati.org/hub/calendar/event_display_add.php).

Hub is your's

Health.

EUR@CTION HUB PROJECT [en]

hub@inventati.org

>From autonomous space to space liberation. First remarks, themes,
thoughts on the start of a common, plural path of discussion and
creation.

To all individual and collective entities of social activism on the
continent Europe,

Today, Sat Oct 5, we held an assembly in Barcelona, celebrated at the
same time as the preparatory meeting of the Euro Soc Forum.
The following document has been laid out and approved by consensus by
people participating in groups, collectives, squats, social centers,
movements, networks such as Indymedia, Intergalactika, ChainWorkers, Las
Agencias, Yomango, Movimiento de Resistencia Global de
Catalunya, Comunicaccio, Laboratorio Desobediente (Spain), Universidad
Nomada, Colectivo de Solidaridad con Chiapas,
Dinero Gratis, Ninguna persona es ilegal, etc., etc.

The Barlcelona assembly is the last of a string of documents produced on
the possible creation of an "autonomous space" in Florence, written in
the euro meetings of Strasbourg (noborder camp) and Leiden (euro
conference of People's Global Action).

The first view shared by the assembly is that the constituting process
of the autonomous space has stalled.

Participants in the assembly take this point of view, that is common
across the many differences and reasonings. At no moment in time we
thought of the aut space as a closeminded opposition to the ESF, neither
we meant to adhere to a steryle logic of in/out FSE, and above we do
not mean to enter in competition or worse in conflict with "other"
subjects in the movement.
There is however something else we share, which goes beyond the failure
of the aut space as it was conceived: our intention to reflect upon and
work on the processes of political production, to the experimentation on
forms
of expression and communication in the movement.
>From this double hypothesis of method/communication (cooperation/new
forms of social activism) comes our wanting to build a project in
Florence, open
to all people and realities who will come together in the occasion of
the ESF and thereafter.
The creation of a place of crossover cooperation where common projects
and treks can develop, where transversal relations come into being,
where bartering practices and ideas, where sharing transnational
horizontal
networks affirming new social and communication rights, reclaiming
public spaces on the net and the city, agitating new conflicts across
constituent Europe: all these are fundamental objectives achievable at
the ESF in
FLorence.

We think that the definition of this project is base on these key idea
for the proliferation of transnational networks of social activism:

freedom of access and circulation of messages and knowledge

socialize knowledge, share practices

design campaings, develop actions

contaminate identities and innovate on forms of media activism

experimenting with new uses of peer-to-peer, diffusive, many-to-many
communication

This is why we wanto to reclaim a metropolitan public space to traversed
by groups coming from the all of Europe, South America and all
participation-based networks enabling mobilitation of communities and
activists all over the planet. A space where each subject can develop
relationships based on the sharing of a common method on the following
content areas:

economic and state power cartography in a Europe dominated by
technocrats and capitalistic interests

democratization of the information, education and research systems

interposition and disertion against the global permanent war

action laboratory of the social temporary workers in commercial chains
and supermarkets

make transnational humna beings rights and movement

areas of freeness and free enjoying of goods and knoledges

daily spreading of subversion technique

self-government strategies


The method we have in mind has to focus on decentralization, collective
decision-making process based on consensus, practice affinity,
transparency and full publicity of discussions, decisions and practices
that will be used both in the net and in the freed urban space.
We find in communication and in political production one of the aims and
at the same time one of the mechanism through which we want to
develop this project, as part itself of the activities, actions and
contents of the project itself.
We believe that are practices and method that define the nature of a
project and of a political proposal in the first place, and we think
that the
central element of this project is the process in which it has developed
and is becoming reality.
Opening spaces as a political element in itself and as catalyst to the
multiplication of spaces and relationships among networks and
movements.

The network that participated to the meeting have started with proposing
some workshop and activities to be hold in this project. These are just
proposals and suggestion as how to give birth to a space open to
creative spirit and to th eproposals content.
The text is a first step to allow the full deployement of contribution
on the part of any group and subjects interested.
A text cannot contain all the multiplicity of the patterns, the
poliphony of approach, the plurality of ways that the creation of such a
space wants to
cross; for this reason we invite everybody to build a patchwork able to
draw and colour the space we are thinking and we are trying to realize.

One of the tool everybody will be able to use to give birth to this
transnational, open, poliphinc project is the website
http://www.inventati.org/hub,
a telemativ space as a platform to launch the Euraction Hub.
It is possible to suggest new contribution through the form in the site.

The proposal will be elaborated and facilitated through the use of the
mailing list hub@inventati.org, that everybody can subscribe to the
address: http://www.inventati.org/mailman/listinfo/hub
The mailing list is also the distributed contact for any question and
curiosity about the project and its developments

The following proposal are meant to still be discussed and developed
through a open and interactive process.

http://www.inventati.org/hub/calendar/
We invite everybody interested to contribute, participate, develop this
project.


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