[Renewable] Coop Camp Tampere 2012: Food-related cooperation

andrew paterson agryfp at gmail.com
Mon Aug 20 17:18:03 EEST 2012

Coop Camp 2012

*** Second Annual Coop Camp, Pispala-Tampere, 24-26.8.2012 ***

Coop Camp is a trans-disciplinary weekend of events aiming to connect 
the practice of informal cooperation and formal cooperatives in 
Pirkanmaa and wider Finland. The event is facilitated by Pispala 
Cultural Association and Pixelache Helsinki. This is a ‘tietotalkoot’ 
event, an occasion to learn about cooperatives, to share experiences, 
stories and practices of different types of cooperativism, as well as a 
place to ask for co-operators, gathering not only local Finnish cultural 
perspectives and ambitions, but also those of a more international 
networked scene.

*** Food-related cooperation ***

This year’s Coop Camp focuses on food-related cooperation. Recently in 
Finland there has been a significant interest in Community-supported 
Agriculture (CSA) model of food production, as well as spontaneous 
pop-up restaurants, and attempts to activate neighbourhoods regarding 
collaborative food-related projects. All these activities can be seen as 
fitting under the umbrella of developing a solidarity economy: 
Strategies for ‘humanizing’ or out-cooperating capitalist economy. In 
other words, seeking to supplement or challenge capitalist globalization 
with community and global solidarity-based practices.

The weekend starts on friday evening with a keynote lecture at 
Kurpitsatalo by Nance Klehm from Chicago, USA, on her recent Social 
Ecologies initiative, which aims to engage local residents in building 
healthy habitats and spreading holistic, systematic thinking by creating 
and maintaining collaborative long-term interactive neighborhood 
projects (http://www.socialecologies.net).

Coop Camp continues on the next day at Hirvitalo and Pispala Library 
with informal presentations, screenings and activities from lunchtime 
until late evening. All are welcome to participate and contribute with 
suggestions to the programme.

On sunday afternoon, again at Kurpitsatalo, Nance Khlem will lead a 
workshop on district level permacultural planning/activities, 
highlighting the importance of soil/composting techniques, including 
worms & theory of humanure. The workshop will have a modest 
participation fee of 5€.

Latest info about schedule & contributions:

*** How to participate in Coop Camp? ***

The Coop Camp event on Saturday takes an open organisational style, 
unconference/Barcamp style: Instead of pre-selecting all presentations, 
we encourage certain people to come, as well as make open call for those 
to turn up on day to share their ideas, perspectives, processes of 
cooperation. Not limited to just speaking presentations, participants 
can propose any type of activity that relates or suits cooperation or 
cooperative action, for example, cooking, construction, game-play, 
movement or physical actions, problem-solving, and so on.


*** Copy of Planning Document 20.8.2012 ***

Milloin: 24-26.8. 2012 / When: 24-26 August. 2012
Missä/Where: Hirvitalo/Kurpitsatalo/Pispalan kirjasto
(More info about the venues below)

*** Ohjelma / Schedule ***

* Perjantai / Friday 24.8. *

13.00 -
Local foraging tour of Pispala in afternoon - meet at Hirvitalo.

15.00 - 19.00 Vihannestori Kurpitsatalolla - Vegetable Market at Pumpkin 

16.00 - 18.00
FlowFarm -workshop. Let's do simple recycled indoor growing systems. 
First 20 participants will have an opportunity to take a system home. 
Workshop and systems are free. There is an opportunity to buy nutritions 
and grow lamps from the hosts. Paikka/Venue: Kurpitsatalo (Pumpkin House)

18.00 - 20.00
Keynote lecture by Nance Khlem (Chicago) about Social Ecologies 
enterprise (http://socialecologies.net/) at Kurpitsatalo (Pumpkin House)

* Lauantai / Saturday 25.8. *

12.00 - 22.00
Unconference on food-related cooperation/cooperatives at Hirvitalo, 
Pispalan Kirjasto
First hour used to decide schedule & take last proposals for contribution
!! Presentaatiot alkaa klo 14.00 / Presentations begin at 14.00 !!

Currently proposed:

- Wojtek Mejor (Warsaw, PL) - CSA and food-coop initiatives in Warsaw
- Terje Ong (Tartu, EE) - food urbanism initiatives from Tartu
- Andrew Paterson: Introduction to new cooperativism - Short 
presentation about relations between tradition cooperation and network 
culture. 15mins
- Jukka Peltokoski: Commons.fi -- New Publication on the Commons and 
Solidarity Economy. 30mins, but 15 is also ok. At 14:00 would be a good 
time. (We are going to open later this year a new website for the 
publishing on the topic. I'd like to come and present the project. The 
presentation is not directly about the food issues, but generally about 
developing the commons and solidarity discussion in Finland. -JP)
- Meirän Pelto - CSA cooperative from Tampere
- Laura Browne: Creating Mukulaari - a local food co-op for producers 
and consumers. Some viewpoints: Mobilising producers & consumers. The 
challenges of starting conversations between farmers and buyers. 
Volunteerism and social business. Local food box schemes in Finland. 
15-30 mins, I'd like to go any time before 5pm. -Laura
- Mikko Lipiäinen: brainstorming session on Community Supported Foraging 
- existing practices, new ideas, contexts of operation, 30min
- Kimmo Hokkanen & Laura Kihlström: Ruokaa Läheltä. How to connect the 
different actors around local and organic food around one table, 
locally. Communication and information solutions to help share, 
cooperate and coordinate the grassroot activity towards a major shift in 
how we produce, distribute and consume food. 15 min. Speakers able to be 
present after 14:00.
- Päivi Raivio: Open Space introduction Kääntöpöytä/Turntable, NGO 
Dodo´s urban garden in Helsinki, Pasila railway yard. 15-30min. 
Kääntöpöytä-honey & bread will be served.
- Pieta Hyvärinen & Otto Bruun: http://tampereensatokartta.net or 
Tampere “Harvest Map” is an ongoing mapping process of public edible 
trees and shrubs.Finland’s liberal Everyman’s rights applies to the 
cities too: this project wants to invite everyone to contribute to the 
process of mapping and enjoying the possibilities that are available in 
Tampere. 15-30 minutes.

Suggestion for evening: Grilli on Sami Maalas' Kelluva Puutarha / 
Floating Garden

* Sunnuntai / Sunday 26.8. *

13.00 - 17.00 (details to be confirmed)

Workshop on district level permacultural planning/activities, 
highlighting the importance of soil/composting techniques, including 
worms & theory of humanure. Modest workshop participation fee of 5€

*** Tietoa tapahtumapaikoista / Venue Info ***

Kurpitsatalo (Pumpkin House)
Street address: Isolähteenkatu 2

Hirvitalo (Moose House)
Street address: Hirvikatu 10

Pispalan kirjasto (Pispala Library)
Street address:
Tahmelankatu 14

NOTE! Pispalan kirjasto and Hirvitalo are opposite to each other. 
Hirvitalo has a big yard that can be used for variety of activities.
More info about Hirvitalo and Pispalan kirjasto: 

*** Yhteystiedot / Contacts ***

Mikko Lipiäinen (Tampere): +358 404708141, mikko.lipiainen [-at-] gmail.com

Andrew Paterson (Helsinki): +358 504023828, agryfp [-at-] pixelache.ac

andrew gryf paterson
mobile [FI]: +358 50402 3828
agryfp at gmail.com | skype: agryfp
locale: Helsinki, FI

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