To be, to seem. They are predicative verbs, of which they need a predicate, a continuation, a direct complement to understand each other and give each other meaning. I can’t just be, I can’t just look.
It looked like an oasis that island in the days that lasted the Glocal Camp. A parenthesis in daily life. As if, suddenly, we had to unlearn part of the vices acquired. As if it were much more than a meeting of like-minded people, of postmodern hippies who share their time between their love of beer or Autocad, and the desire to change the world.
The last day we had to resituate. To comment, to value, to share. And to begin to prepare the next Glocal Camp in Italy. But on the last day one of the leading projects of CivicWise Canarias was also presented: Islario.
An open place where you can do things. It is that simple to define what happens – and what can happen – at 105 San Francisco de Santa Cruz de Tenerife Street. On the second last day of the Glocal Camp, we moved our work epicentre to Space 105.
The Canary Islands received last year some 17 million tourists. “This is a perfect laboratory for building alternative projects to mass tourism,” says Manuel. “Ecotourism is a very small minority, but now some very interesting ideas are beginning to develop on the island,” explains Shanti. One of these emerging projects is the Atlas (Alternative Travel Local Association).
Glocal Camp, Civic Innovation School and Project Governance are the working groups of today. At the same time, Pascual Pérez and Alfonso Sánchez Uzabal are in charge of the workshop on CivicTech held in Atlas. It is Alfonso, programmer, architect and member of the Montera34 collective who answers these questions:
Internal working day. In the morning, the workshops of the week were planned and three of them were started: Gobernace, CivictechLab and CommoningLab.
In the afternoon, the Atlas coworking room – the association of Anzofé Street, in the heart of La Isleta, which hosts this year’s Glocal Camp 2018 – was the place where the connection via hangout with other nodes of the network took place. “We have to achieve a presence through digital,” reflected Mario, from Alicante.
The Glocal Camp 2018 starts to be counter-programmed in an irremediable way. Today in the morning two meetings are being held simultaneously: BarriosLAB and HabitatLAB. The first focuses on the pooling of local projects and initiatives that work on activating the territories at the neighborhood level. Among them, Mestura Puerto (Fasebase), Islario (Panic Studio), both local projects of CivicWise in Canarias; Activa Orriols, Sembra Orriols, Factoría Cívica and Xarxa Oberta (Carpe) from Valencia, and Ovestlab from Modena.
“From the peninsula you have another image of the islands: you don’t know or value the natural and architectural heritage that we have,” says María. She is from the technical team of participation from a neighborhood in the south of Gran Canaria. Her husband is a teacher and works up north. “Every morning we both leave the house dressed as if we were going to work in different countries,” he jokes. An example of the island’s contrasts.
The scales of the fish gave off a silvery colour with the reflection of the sun. When fishermen spread their catch on the beach, the neighborhood glowed. From there it takes its name: La Hoya de la Plata, one of the most picturesque fishing districts of the island of Gran Canaria. Its streets are called Estrella de Mar, Cangrejo, Boquerón or Salmón, and some of its neighbors still remember that a tidal wave hit the coastal houses back in 1953.