"Free software communities, hackerspace collectives and do-it-yourself groups, alternative communities, movements for free access to knowledge, for the free internet but for a creative recapture of public space ... What do they have in common? Are they coincidences, random, unrelated cases or are they expressions of a new culture with all its contradictions and opportunities for regeneration? Signs of an emerging and created world within on the outskirts of the old, from new subjective subjectivities and like the lava through the cracks trying to create a new land? The documentary "Knowledge as a Common" tells us that, in Greece of crisis, knowledge communities create the world they want, within the world they want to overcome."

Vassilis Kostakis, P2P Lab & Foundation

"Intellectual commons flourish precisely at the heart of the cognitive economy, where capitalist modes of production are supposed to reach the height of their competitiveness and efficiency. This new way of producing, managing, and distributing spiritual resources emerges in the gaps and contradictions of capitalist intellectual production / distribution when people take immediate action and form self-governing collaborative innovation communities, with the goal of producing and managing freely accessible resources for everyone."

Antonis Broumas, Digital Liberation Network

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The 3rd Solidarity & Co-operative Economy Festival will take place on the 10-12 October 2014 in the Hellenic Cultural Center.

As its organizers state:

“The first and second Solidarity and Co-operative Economics Festival, which were widely attended, left us with smiles, a lot of food for thought and an appetite for more action. Today, we are preparing for the continuation of this effort to network and exchange experiences and concerns between groups and to inform citizens about a different world, a world that is not only feasible and necessary but also real."

The Sarantaporo.gr team, having already met with some of the communities organizing and participating in the festival as part of the CommonsFest 2014, will participate in this festival presenting, in a related workshop, the work that it has implemented with wireless community networks in the wider area of Sarantaporo, by opening a dialogue with other collectives in order to create opportunities for improvement, cooperation and promotion of its activity.

The workshop will showcase the techniques and technologies used, the community building process around community networks and how the daily lives of residents through the use of the Sarantaporo.gr network improve, as well as some plans for future development. At the same time a short presentation of the documentary prepared by the director Elias Marmaras on the Sarantaporo.gr wireless community networks will be presented.
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The University of Thessaly and Sarantaporo.gr NPO launched a Collaboration for the extending of Sarantaporo.gr Wireless Community Network in Elassona Municipal area, in the framework of the European Research Program named CONFINE (Community Networks Testbed for the Future Internet), funded under FP7, in which Sarantaporo.gr NPO participates as a partner. The project is about leveraging existing wireless community networks in Europe (Greece - AWMN and Sarantaporo.gr, Spain - Guifi.net, Austria - Funkfeuer, Italy - Ninux) to conduct experiments related to developing applications for the service of citizens and by improving the software that supports the operation of these networks.

The wireless community networks involved in the project are interconnected, forming an experimental devices, the so-called testbed, used by researchers to conduct experiments. At the same time, the entire infrastructure provides its services to citizens within an open wireless Community network, providing free access to residents from 14 villages in the area.


"From the 813 applications we received, we selected representatives from the 50 most innovative, bold and inspiring ideas to take part in the first Idea Camp organized by the ECF."

With this statement the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) announces the completion of the first phase of the Idea Camp competition in which Sarantaporo.gr NPO has submitted a proposal outlining our vision for the further development of wireless community networks in our area. Our idea was one of 50 selected out of 813 nominations to qualify for the next (and final) phase of the € 10,000 prize competition.

Through this qualification a representative of our team will attend the 3-day Idea Camp conference in Marseilles, France from 23 to 25 October 2014, where he will meet and network with representatives of teams from 23 European and Mediterranean countries. The Idea Camp is a space for collaboration and brainstorming, organized on the principles and spirit of an open and free culture.

Sarantaporo.gr NPO, the Sarantaporo Cultural Association and concerned citizens invite you on Saturday, August 2, 2014 for an informative event - discussion on: "Sarantaporo Wireless Community Networks - Volunteering".

The aim of the event is to inform about the activities of the Sarantaporo.gr team, the implementation of wireless internet access networks in 15 villages in our area, to exchange views and explore ways of working together to achieve common goals and in particular to highlight volunteering and giving to the citizens.

Sarantaporo Square (under the plane tree), Time - 7 p.m.

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