BCN DIGITAL/ Barcelona: Collaborative policies for the collaborative Economy

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    Alvaro Porro & Mayo Fuster

    Barcelona: Collaborative policies for the collaborative Economy

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    Barcelona City Council

    Collaborative Economy Action Plan

    How can cities support the

    commons collaborative economy?

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    The policy framework: Solidarity Economy Strategic Plan

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    Common Good Economy

    Green Economy Green entrepreneurship

    Conceptual map of transformatives economies

    Cooperative Economy

    Social and Solidarity Economy

    Social Economy Social

    Entrepeneurship Third Sector

    Author: lvaro Porro Grassroots innovations

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    Why should Barcelona have a specific policy?

    Growing phenomenon Sharing and DIY culture are interesting

    paradigms and practices for our society Digital disruption is here to stay Window of opportunity for socioeconomic

    innovation and economic democratization Real impacts already going on Different stakeholders are demanding City

    Council action Media and public debate going on

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    Open and explicit conflict with specific economic/professional

    sectors and some neighbourhood inhabitants


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    Very active scene of communites, people, projects, action, business. Internationally awarded and recongnized Opportunity!!

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    P2Pvalue Dimmons IN3 - UOC Research 980 initiatives of commons collaborative economy documented

    in Barcelona

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    First steps: Define an approach to the collaborative


    Vision that commons collaborative economy is the

    model to support

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    How City Council approaches collaborative economies?

    1. Face challenges with determination, looking at other cities experiences

    2. Do not look for general regulation model, look into each sector or theme

    3. Share a common approach framework within different city council departments to the phenomenon understanding its potential and diversity

    4. Help Barcelona to become an international reference

    5. Facilitate development of initiatives, projects and companies specially those with a more social and commons orientated perspective

    6. Collaborative economy policy to be collaborative. Build up a framework of co-creation of commons collaborative economy promotion policies in Barcelona.

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    What distingues commons collaborative economy?

    Open Commons Unicorn

    Platform coops

    Type of economy

    Not-for profit/Foundations Participative governance

    Corporations Centralized governance

    SME & cooperatives

    Participative governance

    Type of technology

    Free and Open Source Software

    Over closed technology

    Free and Open Source Software

    Type of knowledge

    Open data Locked knowledge


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    Digital physical

    Direct contact: donations

    Membership fees

    Public funding




    Peer production

    Legal Entity

    Membership policy


    Value distribution








    All rights reserved

    Licensing Revenue


    Modes of


    Commons/Open Business Model




    art work







    Assessment co-creation


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    Why the commons model? Strategic lines procommons production model

    The re-appropriation of the economy. Place well-being and life at the centre of the economy. Innovation and economic competitiveness. Boost the competitive advantages of the new technologies, based on open knowledge, fostering collaboration, innovation and capacity of internationalisation of the economy of Barcelona. Sustainability. Promoting a productive model and of consumption based on the reuse of resources and existing infrastructures and renewable energy. More democratic and efficient government institutions. Better public use of resources, open up more channels of participation and activation of the civil society in the resolution of common problems and public needs.

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    Second step: Set up a co-creation policy framework

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    Policy co-creation framework: Actors structure

    Internal municipal areas cross-cutting group

    BarCola - Group Council & sector in the city - Open encounter & annual event

    Decicim.Barcelona - Participative democracy website

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    Policies co-creation process

    1) First diagnostic - SWOT among experts & sector 2) Online open collaborative writing tool to collect proposals (DemocracyOs) 3) Procomuns event in March 2016

    With 400 people discussing proposals

    Institutional participation

    Declaration of public policies recommendations of 120 proposals

    4) PAM - Decidim Barcelona: Online voting

    5) Procomuns declaration was sent to European Commission

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    Procomuns II will take place on 28-29 June

    2017 in Barcelona


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    Barcelona collaborative economy action plan

    Meetings and connections: Tecchnological track at social economy annual meeting, support DIY, Free software, guifi networks, Ouishare fest, etc Match Funding: Goteo crowdfunding Digital Social Innovation funding for neighbourhood-based projects Circular economy - Reuse programme: Reuse of computers and collaborative uses of public administration infrastructure Experimentation: Piloting basic income and local currency Guifinet pilot project: neighbourhood-based project to tackle digital gap La Communificadora: Support training for collaborative economy initiatives

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