Heeding the call of the recently established Crypto Commons Association, over 50 international guests met from August 28 to September 3, 2021 at the Hirschwangerhof, Hirschwang an der Rax, to jointly explore and shape the emerging topic of the Crypto Commons. Participants included representatives from over 20 projects currently working on Crypto Commons, as well as university professors and doctoral students from renowned universities (George Mason University, WU Vienna, Central European University, Scuola Normale Superiore, University of Naples, University of Padua), journalists and artists.
The tightly packed program consisted of keynote speeches, panel discussions, fishbowls, workshops and games on the topics of digital commons, digital identity, alternative monetary systems, political economy and power structures in crypto, strategic positioning and commoning in everyday life, most of which were organized and carried out by the participants themselves.
The cozy environment also allowed the participants to have a variety of informal conversations, establish contacts and initiate new collaborations between participating projects. Although the weather was, quite untypically for the end of August, rather cold and wet, it still allowed for occasional mushroom foraging trips as well as an extended walk along the river Schwarza into the wild Hell Valley. The campfire in the pub garden, burning throughout the seven days of program from morning to night, quickly developed into the default gathering spot, promising warmth and inspiring exchange.
During the course of their stay, all guests were interviewed by a film team from the Crypto Commons Association about the event and about 'Crypto Commons' as an alternative narrative in the crypto world. Over the course of the next year, the more than 20 hours of film material will contribute to a documentary that positions the 'Crypto Commons' narrative as an alternative to for-profit speculation as the main characteristic of the crypto world.
The generally very positive feedback to the gathering, reviewed on its last days, encouraged the organizers not only to repeat the Crypto Commons Gathering in 2022, but also to establish the CC Hub as a permanent home for this emerging community and to expand the program over the entire summer.
To create a meeting zone for digital nomads from all over the world in order to have a significant positive influence on the development of the Crypto Commons. Against this background, the Crypto Commons Association thanks our private sponsors as well as the state of Lower Austria for the extensive financial support, without which this event could not have taken place.