Open call for ideas: Transforming energy systems in the commons era

We are happy to announce the open call for the workshop “Transforming energy systems in the commons era”, celebrating the gathering of designers, makers, and local communities focused on energy alternatives. The workshop will be hosted at the rural makerspace Tzoumakers, which is situated in a small mountainous village called Kalentzi (NW Greece).

1. Introduction and background
2. Invitation to apply
3. Selection criteria and conditions
4. Procedure and timeline

1. Introduction and background
Currently, the P2P Lab aims to create awareness and promote an emerging collaborative production model in energy, based on the conjunction of commons-based peer production with desktop manufacturing. In the Epirus region (northwestern Greece), pristine mountainous areas are threatened by imminent oil/gas drilling activities. Local communities strive to prevent the untouched areas of our country from being turned oil/gas company playgrounds. They protest and strive to build an alternative way out. Such communities demand effective measures to prevent climate change by transitioning to a zero-carbon economy.

In an attempt to overcome energy issues and destruction of mountains, plains, rivers, and seas, the P2P Lab will attempt to bring such communities together and open up discussions on how energy is produced and consumed in society today. Also, it will work towards the replication, sharing, and improvement of open source solutions bringing energy into focus.

To facilitate interaction and create feedback loops among makers, designers, and local communities through open source web tools, the P2P Lab is organising a 5-day workshop in Ioannina (NW Greece). The workshop will build upon our experience gained from the previous year when makers around Europe gathered at Tzoumakers to co-create agricultural solutions with local communities.

The main aim of the workshop is to familiarise local communities with open source technologies developed within the EU and, ideally, connect hubs (e.g. Fab Labs) that provide technical infrastructures for development. As a result, a network of open-source software/hardware communities could be created that overcome barriers through knowledge diffusion and collaborate for their mutual benefit.

2. Invitation to apply
The P2P Lab is looking for designers, makers or enthusiasts to join the workshop in Kaletzi (Ioannina). Selected designers will introduce their technological solutions related to energy to the local communities and manufacture them with their help while keeping local biophysical conditions in mind. Travel, accommodation and per diems of the grantees will be covered by the P2P Lab.

Ηere are the general requirements for applicants:
The designers should be based in the EU, while the solution may originate elsewhere.
The solutions must be available under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0).
Each solution should be developed within 4 days or less.

Please find below the selection criteria and timeline for this call. If you would like to apply, we ask you to fill in the application form and send it to us. Female makers are especially encouraged to apply.

3. Selection criteria and conditions
The submitted applications will be selected in light of the criteria and the conditions described below:
Does the solution create value for the local communities?
Is the solution developed according to expressed users’ needs?
Is the solution easily reproduced and adaptable?

4. Procedure and timeline
To apply for this call, please fill in the application form via this link.

The deadline is Friday, 7 February 2020 22:00 CET. The decision will be announced at the P2P Lab Facebook page on Monday, 24 February 2020. The workshop will take place on May 6-10, 2020.

For queries, you may contact us at

This event is organised by the P2P Lab in the context of the Distributed Design Market Platform Creative Europe project with the support of the Cosmolocalism project.