When I was in Amsterdam in September, I visited an area of land at the edge of the city, Lutkemeerpolder, on which activists are trying to create an urban farm and nature center. They call it Voedselpark Amsterdam, or Food Park Amsterdam. The land is owned by the city, but unfortunately, Amsterdam’s center-left political establishment refuses to retreat from its plans to build a warehouse distribution center on the ecologically sensitive land. (More about this controversy here.)
On that beautiful day, my colleague Natasha Hulst arranged for filmmakers Pablo van Wetten and Ivo Schmetz to do a video interview with me.. It was part of their larger project exploring the idea of “collective property.”
The fifteen-minute video interview focuses on the basics of commons and commoning, Along the way, I also discuss some contemporary issues affecting the development of commons and the fight for the Food Park.
You may also wish to check out this blog post by Natasha Hagenbeek of the Amsterdam commons group I Can Change the World With My Two Hands. Natasha reflects on the nature of commons and collective property as part of the "collective property" film. If you understand Dutch, check out the video interview with her!