Experiencing the Politics of Nature: Managing Excess Rainfall

Oct. 11, 2018
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Date & time: Oct. 11, 2018, 16:30 to 21:30 Amsterdam time (GMT+1)

Location: Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, Amsterdam

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This event marks the launch of the Chamber of Commons. The mission of the Chamber of Commons is to raise public awareness on the commons, tickle the senses, and demonstrate new models through which commons can address societal questions. This includes cross-boundary experiments such as Politics of Nature.

Politics of Nature

“Politics of Nature” is the first initiative to be invited to the Chamber of Commons to explore new ways of relating between humans and nature. Politics of Nature is a brand new initiative experimenting with democratic methodologies, game design and immersive tech, inspired by the ideas of Bruno Latour, Baruch Spinoza and the concept of the Cratic Platform. “In times of democratic and climatic decline, we will need to experiment with and practice new methods and methodologies for addressing difficult issues and respect the beings we co-exist with,” says Jakob Raffn, co-initiator of Politics of Nature.

The case – Amsterdam Rainproof

While Europe this summer has faced one of the most intense regional droughts in recent memory, for a city like Amsterdam the main problems are with excess water: downpours of rain that put the infrastructure of the city under severe pressure. The city has become more densely populated, more intensively used, and more heavily paved; at the same time, climate change brings more extreme weather. Overall we need to develop a better relationship with water. “Politics of Nature” is a method, a game with which a stronger democratic legitimacy can be created in which not only people, but also plants, animals and buildings can raise their voices. It’s about increasing the number of affected actors in the networks and find consents for coexistence.