New Cross map of commoning
This is a map of resources in New Cross that are put in common, could be put in common, and should be put in common, against the privatization of the market and the hierarchical and top down control of the State. This map records resources that can and should be shared - used together without having to pay money.
Everybody can use this map to locate and share all kind of resources in New Cross - there are some categories explained below, it’s very easy to add things to the map. You can let people know about a resource to share by filling a "share something" page with a description and an address: a symbol on the map will indicate where people can find the resource, and you can also leave your contact details if needed. Some examples: Do you have a fruit tree in your garden but you are not able to eat all the fruits and you would be happy for others to harvest them instead of having them rotting on the ground? You can put the tree on the map under the "food" category. You can also decide from when to when the info should appear on the map. Are you a shopkeeper and you have food that ends in the bins at the end of the day but you would prefer to give it to people instead of having it wasted? Share it! Are you a retired shoemaker with a workshop that you don't use anymore and you would be happy for people to use it and to teach them how to make shoes? Great! Let people know about this through the map. Do you know about an empty building in New Cross and you have some ideas of how to use it together? This could also go onto the map, even if how to use this resource collectively is entirely to be discussed, tested, invented.
This is also a map to indicate self-organized collectives in New Cross, activities and places where sharing and a collectivization of resources happens continuously and consistently. Examples can be the New Cross Learning (library), Sanford and other housing coops, communal gardens... It is important to have these places on the map, not only because they are shared resources but also because they produce sharing and commoning on an everyday bases and through non-hierarchical modes of organizing. Without them having a map like this would not have much sense, because isolated individuals sharing from time to time are not enough to make a community and create solidarity. A virtual tool like this can be useful to trigger sharing but this sharing has to be part of a more diffuse culture of commonality among different people: old people and young people, black people and white people, middle class people and working class people, people of different gender, sexual orientation, believes, abilities... To self-organize also means to explore ways to share, discussing together, dealing with power, taking care of the complexity of our encounters: to share is not always easy and we often forgot how to do it. So do get involved in one of those collectives, there is surely something to learn!
On this map there are not only resources to share but also resources to reclaim. This is another important category: we need to know what is available to us, but we also need to think about everything that has been taken away to us through privatization, gentrification, corporate greed, selling off of public resources. And it is also important not just to think about all the resources taken away from people but also how to reclaim them - land, houses, communal places... There are a few initiatives already going on in the neighbourhood, some of them very successful, like the campaign to Save Lewisham Hospital. There should more of this, and also more awareness of the rights people have in order to reclaim what should be used and organized collectively. Let's put on the map contested spaces, enclosures, places where political struggle happens or should happen.
Finally, this is also a map that records the encounters and experiences we made together as the New Cross Commoners, a self-organized collective, an open group of people living, studying, working in New Cross, people interested in finding out about commons, commoning and sharing resources in the area, and also interested in having this sharing proliferating more and more. Check the commoners website and come to one of our meetings! http://newxcommoners.wordpress.com/
Food - communal gardens, re-food (shops give to people food that would be otherwise thrown away), fruit trees, empty land
Housing - housing coops, couch surfing, empty buildings
Activities - caring, playing, learning, dancing, moving... places where people can meet without paying
Self-organized - places and collectives that are organized in a non hierarchical way, and don't do charity.
Reclaim! - resources to be reclaimed, places of struggle, anti-cuts, anti-gentrification and anti-privatization initiatives.
NOTE: some resources like self-organized collectives or some activities might not have a space or a fixed space: in this case the address to put in the form would be Fordham Park: this is where all the mobile and nomadic people, resources and activities will be gathered on this map.