Sustainability is unavoidable. It will happen anyway by the interplay of ecological, social and economic disasters. But we could take initiatives: we can design and develop this transition in a process of collective decisions and actions.


This series of conferences co-develops with the Master in Eco-Social Design at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. The 2018 edition will take place 22-25 March, in Bolzano–Bozen and in Obervinschgau, a beautiful high valley and a hotspot of eco-social innovation. This year’s focus is:

In between me, you and everything we do.
What can design do for commons?

With Assemble Studio (UK), Salvatore Iaconesi & Oriana Persico (IT), Adelheid Biesecker (DE), Viktoria Heinrich / IDRV (AT), Officine Zero (IT), Brave New Alps (IT/UK) and many more (to be confirmed).


Commons are resources/projects/creations that are managed by groups of people, who are not owners, but rather co-responsible and more or less equal users and creators. The verb »commoning« emphasizes that commons have to be created, designed, maintained, defended and/or reclaimed. Commoning is gaining traction as an alternative economy and culture.


We will tackle issues related to the question »What can design do for commons?« with international experts and local heros, coming from very diverse backgrounds. As always our conference offers a convivial mix of inspiring presentations, challenging discourses, intense workshops and delicious food in a sunny environment.


Preliminary Program

Thursday 22
18:00 Opening of the Exhibition of student projects of the MA Eco-Social Design


Friday 23
10:00 Greetings
10:30 Salvatore Iaconesi & Oriana Persico (IT)
11:30 Adelheid Biesecker (DE)

14:00 Assemble Studio (UK)
15:00 Officine Zero (IT)
16:00 Viktoria Heinrich / IDRV (AT)

17:30 Theatre of the Oppressed


Saturday 24
10:00 Connecting the dots – a summary of day 1 by Alvise Mattozzi
10:15 »Learn To Act, manual for mutual local and trans-local learning«, book presentation by Brave New Alps
10:45 Pecha Kucha Session (see Open Call)

12:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Open Space

16:35 – 18:38 Train ride to Mals–Malles

19:00 Dinner music, dance, … at the Hier & Da Festival in Obervinschgau

Stay the night in Obervinschgau


Sunday 25
10:00-14:00 Walking idea workshops in Obervinschgau (one of them by Laura Heym, student of the MA Eco-Social Design), incl. Lunch

15:00 Last gathering & good bye with coffee & snacks in Mals–Malles


More information and registration coming soon. Questions and suggestions are welcome via email.

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