About DIY culture, fear and sharing gatherings.
What is it about:
A free market we initiated. Living DIY culture to share resources and experience.
Bring what you want !! *
Take what you like !! *
FOOD sharing, collective lunch
STUFF bring and receive surprises
MUSIC bring instruments and share your voice
SKILLS, NEEDS, IDEAS will also be shared
SPEED MEETING share your self!
-- Nothing to buy, nothing to sell, everything is free
What's a Free Market?
We're not talking about free trade but a really really free market!
It's what happens when WE decide that together we HAVE ENOUGH for us all and that SHARING and RE-USING
(rather then buying and wasting) is a better INVESTMENT in our future.
Inviting a lot’s of people over different medium. Mouth to
ear. Couchsurfing, foodsharing, e-mail, facebook and twitter was used.
Gathered material and food to initiate the place and create atmosphere. More it
Spreading the message:
Around 5 days before the free market should happen we started
to spread the message. One day before it started we spread the message that
the free market would be official canceled. Main reasons for doing so are about
miss communication, lack of information and fear.
Organizing an event without registration is ileal. While it felt like that it
could get quite big, fear of legal consequences formed the decision of
canceling official. No one who’s organizing the event, just living DIY
That we canceled the event brought up a lot of confusion. But some still
understood the concept of a free market and came by. Cause a freeMarket doesn't need single persons say'n what and how it happens, but a crowd doing so. So thx to the crowd who came by to make the freeMarket a beautiful experience.
Mouth to ear:
- talking to randomly strangers
- going to events and invite people (have been on a community meeting in
„Baumhaus“ within wedding and trial error where foodsharing brunch has been
The feedback of people we invited was always positive, while still just a view
of them came.
Searched through a lot of alternative initiatives listed in stressfactor and
invited around 150.
Nearly no feedback but also only positive. For some it was to spontaneous.
Invited around 100 people more form the utopival network and some others folks
I’ve been in contact with.
couchsurfing (adding the event)
no feedback by direct message. But some clicked on
foodsharing (adding the event)
Feedback from one person. Some people said they’re going to attend. Around 3000
people got invited. Seems like in Berlin the foodsharing plattform is nealy
only in use for organizing food pick ups.
created a public event with the yunity account (why this account was choosed is
unclear) Aound 4000 people said they are interested, 700 attending. The
existence of this facebook event was spread by posting it into some simliar fb
groups and direct e-mails.
Twitter: not much reactions.
Material got gatherd by just asking around, also randomly.
We've created a chat withing riot. It was nearly unused. Beside that we used internal yunity slack channels.
To communicate about different tasks and ideas a simple pad was used. Also nearly no usage.
I had in the very early stage concerns about using facebook, but felt good with
letting it run as a experiment.
While it’s important that with any planed action every individual feels
comfortable with I raised the question if we would concern legal issues or not,
and if we’re ok with any consequences.
The answer was yes but incl an explanation that it won’t be a problem.
To be shure that people feel comfortable I asked this question multiple times
within different context. Answer was always the same, while still with a
following explanation „it won’t be a problem“.
As something to remember for following
action: talk clearly about the consequences.
There is always the chance that a person is saying yes cause of
misinformation. ....me I guess including.
Main reason for officially canceling the event:
Legal consequence could have been happening toward share & care. The
Verein who’s in the impressum of the yunity webpage. When the facebook event
was created yunity was written down incl. an old adress of Raphael. So I encouraged that we change it for the reason Raphael asked to leave yunity.
While the facebook event created a lot of attraction the fear of having the event much bigger then then expected in first.
What we could have done to avoid this there are several options:
- Register an official event which takes 9 weeks in advantage incl. fees for insurance.
- register an assembly which is 48h before it starts possible
- cancel the event and register a spontaneous assembly once police arrives
- talk to those who might be affected by the decision of creating a public event
During the event
People came across each other to share what ever they felt to share. Clothes and items skills and contacts. Singing cycles and warm chai waiting over a hot steam made for a nice place to stay even while everything was improvised.
You wan't to see more of these events happening? Do it!