Thom Feeney from York (GB) is my new commons hero. He did a relatively simple thing: start a Crowdfund Campaign. He says, that it is his first crowdfunding experience. Feeney puts it simply: „I just thought perhaps a better way to help would be to do something immediately„, and: „People do care.“ Indeed.
When I contributed my share yesterday, I was amazed by the 125.000 Euro raised within a bit more than a day. Until the end of the day, they had to take down the website for several hours. Seems like the idea that people from all over the world can freely contribute to help the greek people triggered unparalleled support. Feeney has now his own Indiegogo engineer, to keep the thing going. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. Only 6 days left.
Late afternoon the 1.000.000 Euros will be hit, and by the end of the day, the campaign will have raised 1% (one percent) of the 1.600.000.000, that is 1.600.000 Euro. Isn’t that amazing? One percent within 3 days contributed by common people. Sometimes, at a kairós moment, starting to do what you think is the correct thing to do makes the impossible possible, What does all this mean from a commons perspective?
It confirms, that the solutions come from the edges and that it’s key to take common people suggesting uncommon solution into account.
Nowadays, due to a communication infrastructure which is based on distributed networks, free p2p contributions can work at different levels, not only in small neighborhoods or rural communities. This allows for going beyond the borders, limits and interests of Nation-States or powerful market players. The crowdfunding campaign is supported by people from all over the world. And why not? After all, the realm and scope of the commons and the realm and scope of the market/state do never match. Or as Feeney says: „This isn’t just about Greece, but about the Greek people, the working classes and trying to help other ordinary people across the world.“
If the campaign (now eagerly supported by international media, which will probably make crush the site again, but perhaps support-campaigns on other crowdfunding platforms show up) raises only 1 or 2 percent within 8 days (and it will!), this is a strong political and „structural“ message. Because it shows, that there is an easy principle for going beyond the conventional way of dealing with debt: Put an end to dependency first! Find a real, i.e. an unconditioned solution beyond the mecanisms available through the Market (where giving and taking is always linked up and one site depends on the other) and the State (where there is never a political level playing field but plenty of power relations that hinder finding fair solutions)
It will show that literally everything is possible based on a different framework and distributed networks.
And if you wonder if 10 % are possible to raise that way? Of course. Easily, a few philanthropical organizations would need to step in and support this effort of common people. But that’s not the point. The point is to show, that thinking out of the box means thinking beyond the conventional „goveranance mecanisms“ based on the market/state.
So, there are two important things to do:
– to contribute to what promises to be the most astonishing crowdfunding campaing ever. Here is the link.Good luck. Hope the website is up.
On twitter: #crowdfundgreece
Why did Thom Feeney started the campaign -> Read his statement in the Guardian. I don’t believe in the „keeping the economy going through stimulus and investment“ thing, but what I felt today while observing the campaign is, that it triggers, what is most urgently needed: relationships, energy and hope!
0.01 %!! While observing how people contribute constantly (and 17,44 on average), one gets a very good idea what it actually means to serve the debts: an impossibleness! Nonetheless: I’ve seen all the arguments against the campaign and none of them is convincing to me. Keep going, as this is more than symbolic. To me its about
#justgiving #solidarity #hope and #connectedness. Just have a look at the comments of the contributors!
If during the last decade I’ve learned something about the commons then, that the commons is first and foremost an attitude! And that is, what this campaign is all about.