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==2013 Overview==
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== FINAL COUNTDOWN: WORKING GROUPS UNTIL KICK-OFF ==
  
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''' These are the "Berlin Base"'s working groups for the most urgent organisatory stuff until the Kick-Off days. ''' Some of the groups use sections below or subpages as their work base.
  
# We want to influence by example: if we can travel hundreds of km from one place to the next hauling loads of gear, surely you can manage to ride your bike to go grocery shopping a few km down the road!
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Please don't just skip this section if you're not in Berlin, but think about how you can still contribute - especially if you arrive a few days earlier! The Groups with a * behind them are those that you can easily join to work with '''online'''!
# The revolution will be pedal powered.
 
# Because it will be a crazy awesome adventure.
 
  
==2013 Route Ideas==
 
  
This year the tour is likely to start in Berlin (tbc) and will go "east or south". During the Winter Meeting (see below) we will clarify, what "east or south" means. The theme (also to be confirmed at the Winter Meeting) is "borders, boundaries and beyond" (tbc) and we are now searching for projects and actions in Eastern Europe to join this summer.  
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* '''[[booklet|Booklet]] Group''': Collecting content, layouting, printing *
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* '''[[2013 Equipment|Material Group]]''': Get, order, pick-up, transport material to Kick-Off Days Place
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* '''[http://btwiki.ecobytes.net/Biketour_2013#Kick-off_days Kick-Off Days Group]''': Design the Programme, contact partners for collaboration
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** Kick-Off Days '''Food Sub-Group''': Organise food for Kick-Off Days, start of the tour and genereal stocks (e.g. fair coffee, spices, grains...?), transport food to Kick-Off Days Place
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* '''[[2013 Maps|Maps]] Group''': Collecting, preparing, scanning or printing detailed road maps from regions of the route *
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* '''[[2013 Food|Food Research]] Group''': Put together a list of oportunities for buying seasonal, local and/or organic food along the whole route (and maybe even pre-order food to pick up on the way) *
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* '''[[2013 Media Library|Media]] Group''': Organising nice films, books, etc. for us to take along *
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* '''[[2013 Text that needs translating|Translation]] Group''': Coordinating necessary translation work and some doing it *
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* '''[http://btwiki.ecobytes.net/Biketour_2013#Propaganda Propaganda] Group''': Designing and Printing our Print Material; thinking about ways to document the tour *
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* '''[[2013 Mapping|Mapping]] Group''': Brainstorming and organising ways of using the medium "map" more on this year's tour in order to express our experiences (besides blogging, painting, podcasting, filming, etc.) *
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* '''[[Lets Get FlOSS'y|FLOSS]] Group''': Doing everything possible until July to improve our ICTs a bit
  
To come: A map of route ideas. Please add any '''places,''' projects, action camps, ecovillages, contacts '''which we could visit''' along the way here: or send your suggestions and proposals to info@ecotopiabiketour.net
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[[Category:Biketour 2013]]
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'''Create and join''' further possibe further Working Groups!
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* Accommodate early arrivers
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* Fundraising: Writing applications *, soli-parties and soli-events *
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* Theme Group: Thinking more about what "borders" can mean, what/how to learn about it and how it could be dealt with *
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* ...
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== So far... ==
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12 people from the Europe wide Biketour Collective met in Berlin in the snow for the annual '''[[Winter Meeting 2013|Winter Meeting]]'''. You can read the agenda and a summary of the minutes [[Winter Meeting 2013|here]]...
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As you can see from these pages, many things are still up for debate- so if you have some ideas - make your self a login and add them to the relevant pages or contact info@ecotopiabiketour.net.... and remember 'You are the Biketour!!'
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==So why another Biketour??==
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# Because we believe in DIY, slow travel and Doing it Ourselves!
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# Because we have a 23 year legacy of creating incredible experiences / skills sharing / self organising / experiential education ... and we want to do it again!
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# Because we want to use our energy and momentum to further the campaigns that matter to us most
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# Because we want to learn from the existing social and activism projects that are happening all over Europe NOW!
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# Because we want to make things happen - and believe we can do that together
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# Because you know it will be the adventure of 2013!
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==This Years Theme ==
  
'''DE'''
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'''THEME'''
* Berlin: No Border Camp, Date unknown
 
* Berlin: (bike) path along the former berlin wall: totally combines the border topic with biking!
 
* Berlin: regenbogenwerkstatt, kreuzberg (bike repair workshop)
 
* Berlin: friedel / f54: small social centre with communal kitchen, space for meetings and silk screen printing facility / equipment
 
* Brandenburg (close to Berlin): Tagungshaus Wernsdorf [www.tagungshaus-wernsdorf.de]
 
* Brandenburg (close to Berlin): Kesselberg http://www.kesselberg.info/
 
* Münsterland: July 19 - 27, Anti-nuclear camp http://antiatomcamp.nirgendwo.info/
 
  
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Brainstorm from the recent [[Winter Meeting]]:::::
  
'''PL'''
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* WHAT; Migrant Struggles; Fortress Europe; physical borders and ownership of space; social; psychological; on and offline borders; the virtual and cultural borders.
* Łódź: bike riksha manufacture http://www.riksza.com
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* HOW; by having a strong focus(s) on what we can achieve; being sensitive to local border perception.Visiting historical and modern day border struggles and traces.
* Gorki Wielkie: village near Bielsko-Biala: Art, Nature and Exchange. Projects surrounding the museum devoted to a local writer, Zofia Kossak.  
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* Action suggestions raged from joining up with existing actions such as the Berlin Wall / East Side Gallery or refugee protests; creating moc border control points; bespoke passports; comparing policies; finding commonalities and sharing skills and cultures, stories; recording and documenting them as radio / video / blog posts and e-activisim tactics.
** Summer festival with actors, musicians, painters and sculptors from across Europe.
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* Slogan words brainstorm: commons / community / borders, boundaries and beyond / recycling borders / rethink borders / cultural exchange /granica, hranic, Granit, Grenze, granični / mapping, remap borders /reclaim / open (your borders, boundaries) / identities / identify your borders/boundaries / .. of the commons / geh an deine Grenze(n)! / Allmende / iron wheels / limits / crossing / terre / pedal movement / paddle / libre (freedom) / movement (body, social)
** Eco Art Scupture Workshops for local young people (19-28th July 2013)
 
* anti fracking activists / areas
 
* ...
 
* ...
 
  
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We have a consensus about 'Borders, Boundaries and Beyond' as a (broad) theme, but need to focus snappy slogan and focus one one or some of the above suggestions, depending on the projects and campaigns we wish to highlight for 2013.
  
'''CZ'''
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* Some Suggestions about Discussions or Reflections on Borders:
* iron curtain trail (eurovelo 13) along the czech/austrian border
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** the dialectics / relations between borders (peripherie) and their centers
* ...
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** ....
  
  
'''SK'''
 
* Bratislava: http://www.bmeres.com/ Bike Engeneer
 
* ...
 
  
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==Biketour 2013 is cycling for a slogan!==
  
'''AT'''
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We are looking for a slogan, preferably something positive and imperative eg "cycling towards degrowth!"
* Oberösterreich (Gmunden): O.tel.o (open technology space) http://www.otelo.or.at/
 
* Niederösterreich (close to Wien): CSA Ochsenherz
 
* Burgenland: Nikitsch collective farm
 
* Steiermark: Wieserhoisl
 
* Kärnten/Koroška: Peršmanhof
 
* Wien: Bikekitchen
 
* Wien: TÜWI, Gagarin
 
* Wien: Critial Mass (3rd Friday of month)
 
* Wien: Gaswerk Leopoldau
 
* Wien: Guerilla Garden
 
* Wien: FoodCoops
 
  
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Check out some ideas on the [[2013 Slogan]] page
  
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==Route Ideas==
  
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This year the tour is likely to
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* start in ((north)/northeastern Germany (most likely Berlin, but could also be somewhere at the coast)
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* end somewhere in the wide region between the adriatic and the carpathian mountains, between the tatra and northern dinaric alps
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This rough decision was taken during the [[Winter Meeting 2013]]. During the following month, the route will be concretised in order to have "skeleton".
  
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See the [[2013 route page]] for
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* ideas for places to visit, routes, contacts (add yours, too!)
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* maps with route ideas and existing 'borders'
  
'''HU'''
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For projects and places off the 2013 route - you can add them here:
* ...
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[[Other Route Ideas Page - 2014?]]
  
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== 2013 Aims ==
  
'''SI'''
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There have been many discussions about [[Aims & Sub Campaigns]] that the BT wish to support ...some of thoses can be added here.
* Prekmurje: Art Center http://www.artcenter-slovenia.org/
 
* Prekmurje:  (projected?) hydro power plants in Mura river
 
* Maribor: Pekarna Social Centre
 
* Maribor: Urban Farrows
 
* Ljubljana: ROG (Squat and former bike factory)
 
* Ljubljana: Metelkova (squatted complex in the city including art, music, party, social and political groups, libraries, galleries, DIY workshops, infoshop, etc.)
 
* Koper: MKC social youth centre
 
  
  
'''HR'''
 
* Zagreb: Reciklaonica http://reciklaonica.blogspot.com (preferably after August)
 
* Zagreb: bikekitchen
 
* Varazdin: community gardens http://gredica.wordpress.com/
 
* ...
 
  
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==Kick-off days==
  
'''SRB'''
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Our Kick off days in Berlin are fast approaching!! And will be held in (or near to) Berlin 12th - 15th July 2013....
* Border with HU: Refugee Camps
 
** No Border Network (local activists): noborderserbia.wordpress.com
 
* Novi Sad: Bikekitchen http://cultureexchangeserbia.org/
 
* Novi Sad: http://ck13.org/ Youth Centre
 
** Peoples' Kitchen http://ck13.org/otvorena-kuhinja
 
* Novi Sad: drustvenicentar.org Squat
 
* Beograd: 'ulice za bicikliste'
 
* unknown location Ecofest by Green Youth http://www.zelenaomladina.org/
 
  
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Suggestions for workshops during these days:: (or workshops during the tour en route)
  
'''RO'''
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Tools for change:
* Rosia Montana: struggle against gold mine (former reclaim the fields meeting point)
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*Facilitation workshop /
* ...
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* decision making processes: in groups, in stressy situaitons ("quick decision making"), by consensus
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*Tools for action workshop
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*Popular Education workshop
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*Games / energisers / moral boosting!
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* Workshop planning
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* Action planning
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* Non-hierarchical organisation
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* non-violent communication
  
  
'''BG'''
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Biketour History / Future
* ...
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*Ecorates and solidarity economics
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*What is the Biketour
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*Reflections of last year
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* Organising Ourselves: BT 2013 structure
  
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Borders in Berlin:
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* Historical (Bike) tour of the Berlin Wall / Berlin; highlighting what's usually not mentioned in history books
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* Film screening of the 2013 Refugee Revolution Caravan project with discussion
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* Film screenings (Borders / activism in Eastern Europe)
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* 100% Tempelhof project (gardens) (gentrification) (anti urban development)
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* Workshop on Critical Cartography
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* Berlin Anti Eviction campaign
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* Coincide with existing bike or border event.....?
  
'''UA'''
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Bikes bikes bikes:
* Lviv: http://wiz-art.com.ua/en
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* Bike repair / maintanance workshop
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*Regenbogenwerkstatt? 
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*Kopi Bike welding fridays
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*Schwarzer Kanal Bike workshop
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* Spontaneious City Critical Mass
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* Link up with Bike Surf Berlin [http://bikesurfberlin.blogspot.de/]
  
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Practical stuff:
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* Rocket stove workshop
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* First aid workshop / course? (Red Cross, THW, etc.?)
  
'''XYZ'''
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Lets get Visible!:
* ...
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* Screen Printing BT t-shirst Kopi / Rauchhaus
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* Making banners / materials
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* Improve your Bike
  
  
'''Events without confirmed places / Other people on the road to cross with'''
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Meeting up with others:
* noborder camp(s)
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* Cycling Alternatives Tour (Critical Mass?)
* cyclocamp (roma, italia)
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* [[Homeless Veggie Dinner]] Saturday, July 13th
* climate camp(s)
 
* energy / land struggle
 
* http://www.reclaimpowertour.org Cottbus (Mid July) via Berlin to western DE
 
** possible crossing: between Berlin and Cottbus
 
* http://www.dunavision.eu Sustainable Tour along the complete Danube River (MAR - SEP)
 
** possible crossing: (probably too far ahead; in HR on JUL 1st already...)
 
  
==2013 Visa Issues==
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[[Visiting Projects:]]  - also possible host / workshop  spaces
Will be researched once the route decision has been taken (after winter meeting; see below).
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Plattenladen
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Lanterne Rouge
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friedel / f54
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Kesselberg
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Kopi squat
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Schwarzer Kanal Wagenplatz
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Bethanien House project
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New Yorck 59
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Rauchhaus
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Tempest Library
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((ZEGG))
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Funkhaus Grünau
  
==Travel plans and advice==
 
Page where people can share this if they would like to.
 
* to come: list with (cheap) travel opportunities for germany and the greater region
 
  
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[[Berlin Border Groups:]]
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Forderverein Karawane e.v
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Ak – undocumentierte Arbeit
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Reach Out Berlin
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Antidiskriminierungsbüro
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Kein Mensch ist illegal
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Fight Racism Now
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Women In Exile
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Blokupy Berlin
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Womens Bike Project Berlin
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schnittselle
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Die Karawane
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Schulerinner woller mehr
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Kampagne für Opfer rassistischer Polizeigewalt
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Libertad! e.V.
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ABC Berlin
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ARI Antirassistische Initiative
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Initative gegen Abschiebehaft
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Corasol
  
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[[Berlin DIY Bike Projects]]
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Rainbow Factory
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hubSchrauber - die Fahrradfakultät
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Bike Surf Berlin
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Uni Rad
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ADFC
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Bike Aid
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Les Lanternes Rouges
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Rad Container
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Berlin cargo bike network
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Berlin Bamboo Bikes
  
==2013 Kick-off days==
 
This is likely to be a weekend in the first weeks of july. (to be confirmed at the Winter Meeting)
 
  
What can we do during the kick-off days?
 
  
* Bike repair workshop
 
** Regenbogenwerkstatt?
 
* Rocket stove workshop
 
* Organising Ourselves: BT 2013 structure
 
* First aid workshop / course? (Red Cross, THW, etc.?)
 
* Workshop planning
 
* Action planning
 
* City Critical Mass
 
* Coincide with exisiting bike or border event
 
* Organise a Bike or Border event ...
 
  
Keep your proposals coming ......!
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Keep then coming ......!
  
 
==Things needed for biketour==
 
==Things needed for biketour==
  
Biketour as a collective "has" some collective stuff (pans / trailers), which are collectively transported and used during the tour. During the rest of the year, these things are stored in different places and should all come together again by the start of the next tour. Things used in 2012 and planned to use in 2013 can be found on the [[2013 Equipment]] page. Please update this page with the things you have and write how they can get to the starting point of the tour!
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=== Collective Equipment ===
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Biketour as a collective "has" some '''collective stuff''' (pans / trailers), which are collectively transported and used during the tour. During the rest of the year, these things are stored in different places and should all come together again by the start of the next tour. Things used in 2012 and planned to use in 2013 can be found on the '''[[2013 Equipment]]''' page. Please update this page with the things you have and write how they can get to the starting point of the tour!
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=== Private Stuff ===
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Every individual joining the tour will have to use some '''private stuff'''. See page [[what to bring]] for ideas about what participants need.
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=== Additional things ===
  
Every individual joining the tour will have to use some private stuff. See page [[what to bring]] for ideas about what participants need.
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The tour lives from its different people and all the (material and immaterial) things that these people bring and share. On the [[2013 Equipment]] page you can announce what kind of '''additional things''' you will bring to the tour. This can help us to make sure in advance that we won't find ourselves in the strange situations of having 25 guitars but no single bike pump ;). You can also find some inspirations on [[what to bring]].
  
The tour lives from its different people and all the (material and immaterial) things that these people bring and share. On the [[2013 Equipment]] page you can announce what kind of additional things you will bring to the tour. This can help us to make sure in advance that we won't find ourselves in the strange situations of having 25 guitars but no single bike pump ;). You can also find some inspirations on [[what to bring]].
 
  
==2013 Major Mass Communications==
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=== Food ===
  
[[2013 Organization Call-out]]
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'''Food''' on the Biketour cannot be bought beforehand for and transported over more than two months. We need to buy things in between. It is always challenging to get food that matches criteria like vegan, local, ecolocical, no-cooling-needed, nutritous and from a production/distribution facility worth supporting. Help us to spot places beforehand on our [[2013 Food]] page!
  
[[2013 Call-out]]
 
  
[[2013 Host request]]
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=== Media (Films, Books, ...) ===
  
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Watching films and reading books/(maga)zines/etc. can help us understand certain local histories and backgrounds. Here's [[2013 Media Library]] where you can collect all media that you think is useful for the understanding of the regions we pass through or this years theme. (Or just for sharing your favorite film/book...). It would be great if you could take the media with you that you put on the wiki, but of course someone else can get them, too.
  
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==Print Material On the Road==
  
==2013 Print Material On the Road==
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* [[booklet|2013 Booklet]]: including schedule, description of places
* BT booklet 2013: including schedule, description of places
 
 
* small language book
 
* small language book
 
* maps?
 
* maps?
* ...?
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* stickers?
  
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check and keep [[BT_2013_advertising_material]] updated :D
  
 
==Propaganda==
 
==Propaganda==
* ...
 
  
 
* Where to publicize it
 
* Where to publicize it
 
** some ideas on last year's page [Biketour 2012]
 
** some ideas on last year's page [Biketour 2012]
 
** put new ideas here!
 
** put new ideas here!
** ...
 
  
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== Get involved! ==
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See the website's Get Involved Page [http://www.ecotopiabiketour.net/?page_id=49] for common things to help with. If you pick one or come up with something new: Down here is space to organise or share your work with others!
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=== Creative Work ===
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* logo
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* graphics - check and keep [[BT_2013_advertising_material]] up to date
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* visualisations
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* maps
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* [[booklet|2013 Booklet]]
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* ...?
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=== Translation ===
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We are always looking for translators - if you spreak the local language of any of the places we willl be passing through - please get in touch:
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info[at]ecotopiabiketour.net  or see the [[2013 Text that needs translating]] page.
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== 2013 Funding ==
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We are currently seeking funding towards the 2013 Biketour
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See the [[Fundraising]] page
  
  
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== On the tour: Topics for Discussions or ad-hoc workshops ==
  
== Needs Translation ==
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* Making a Rocket Stove
These texts need to be translated into key languages (of countries we are passing on - in every case german and polish; maybe czeck, slovakian, hungarian, slovene, naš jezik; and any other language you like!). Please translate them into a new paragraph onto the page of the specific text linked below:
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* Offline and online life: Why do so few people care about their online behaviour even though they are very stricly supporting alternative ways of living offline and even though they are socio-critical in the offline world?
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* Online Security and the Right to Informational Self-Determination
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* Corporate Design: Do we also need this? Or should we as critical and alternative people reject the idea that a neat, sterile, clean and reproducible logo should "brandmark" all our publications and even daily items? Do we limit our ways of artistic expressions by trying to produce recognisable media? What are the general psychological rules behind (corporate) design and why does it play a big role in capitalism?
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* Anti-Advertisement Activism
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* First Aid
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* Samba
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* Action Training
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* Language Basics
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* Organic Agriculture Basics
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* Bike Maintenance
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* Facilitation of Group Meetings and Concensus Decision Making
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* Majority Decisions vs. Consensus; Consensus vs. Consent
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* Reflective Language and non-violent communication
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* How to self-organise?
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* Forms of Solidarian / Alternative Economy
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* De-Growth
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* Mapping / Critical Carthography
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* Pro Border vs. No Border: Successionism and Cosmopolitanism in the Left
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* ...
 
* ...
 
* ...
  
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== Archive of Mailing List Communications ==
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* [[2013 Organization Call-out]]
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* [[2013 Host request]]
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* [[2013 Coordinator Call for 2014]]
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* [[Ecotopia Biketour Mailing List Newsletter - 25th April]]
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* [[Ecotopia Biketour Mailing List Newsletter - 7th June 2013]]
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* [[Ecotopia Biketour Mailing List Newsletter - 20th June 2013]]
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* [[Ecotopia Biketour Mailing List Newsletter - 30th June 2013]]
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== Travel plans and advice ==
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* [[2013 individual trips]] page: Page where people can share their travel information if they would like to
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* [[2013 regional travel advice]] page: Page with with (cheap) travel opportunities for different regions
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== After the Tour ==
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=== Ecotopia Biketour 2013: notes from the final circle ===
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''To conclude this amazing trip, on October 1st, we held a circle at the Casa de Cultura Permanenta in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.  Below is a summary of what we discussed.  Any contributions to this discussion are welcome :)
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''
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'''What went well'''
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* Route: well planned distances and places; borders/ minority communities linked well with the theme
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* Projects: well researched, good contacts
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* Organisation: adaptability, especially when in a large group; project liaison teams worked well with handover and sharing of responsibility
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* Theme/ activism: worked well in the last few weeks of the tour especially, with links to workshops and activism to existing groups and demos in the city.
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* Food: quite resourceful, especially in areas with farms; tasty!
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* Materials: resourcefulness with making/ acquiring cooking equipment, e.g. rocket stoves; good and sufficient
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** >> good mix of nice people and lots of respect
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'''What could have been done better'''
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* Route: shorter cycling days to be more inclusive/ make biketour more accessible; more rest days in countryside rather than cities
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* Projects: better to spend more time at each project so we can really contribute
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* Organisation: booklet with project info, etc., would have been useful at the beginning of the tour; shorter route and longer in projects would give people more time to recuperate from cycling and then plan/ do workshops, activism and work on internal organisation
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* Theme/ activism: had some missed opportunities; again, longer stops would free up time for workshops on theme, etc.; more encouragement of people to have workshops prepared before biketour begins; some time at the beginning of the trip, not in a city, to plan workshop, do skillshares and have time to self-organise more effectively
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* Food: quite resourceful, especially in areas with farms; tasty!
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* Materials: could make more use of digital resources to share and distribute amongst ourselves and projects we visit, e.g. films on USB sticks
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* Blog/ media: communal hard drive, gather resources in advance; communal computer may mean more people contributing to blog and to have audio/ video editing capabilities
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** >>too little talking about values and important community stuff in the whole group (i.e. ‘community’)
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**>> principles were often left aside or compromised; more consistency with biketour principles needed i.e.
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*  shopping habits, rubbish
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* group dynamics
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* transport (flying)
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* self-sufficiency, DIY, low impact, non-monetary recomp
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* awareness about food; quality, nutrition, sources
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'''Other observations:'''
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* we cycled from Berlin to Cluj in time!
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* lots of people were interested and came on the tour
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* schedule was ‘rushy’; not more than one thing/ event/ agenda point per day
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* too few local participants/ native speakers of countries further away from Germany
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* theme was not well communicated/ confusing, not enough focus within the group and among projects regarding the theme; more of a clear message next year? Focus on theme, especially when choosing projects; schedule more workshops/ sessions about theme
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* spontaneity better than structure
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* quality of experience cannot be planned; more ‘empty space’ on the schedule may mean more trust and flow
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* more facilitation/ delegation and less “responsibility”
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* more wild camping = more silence, less stress
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* cities: pros = connections with people, private space; cons: stress, dispersion of group members so harder to do things together
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'''Why another biketour?'''
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* “tradition”?
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* ambition to do criticised things better next year
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* using the potential of the biketour community to support local activist groups, before, during and after
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* open minds that are still closed…
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'''What are our aims and how can we achieve them?'''
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* live in a mobile intentional non-hierarchical community
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* be a point of entry for people into a consensus based/ alternative way of living
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* interaction with an contribution to communities
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* lots of personal learning experiences
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* more cross-border friendships
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* tighten leftist/ alternative networks in Europe and beyond
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* challenge ourselves in new environments and face other phenomena/ social problems
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* promote the “biketour way of life”/ travelling further
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* more environmentally friendly travel
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* focus on the theme
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* lower aims (?) to begin with, concentrate on sharing/ experiencing rather than being disappointed with lack of ‘activism’ for example
 +
* more time/ space to reflect and discuss topic/ theme
 +
* informal learning and skill sharing
 +
* balance of activist tourism = actively contributing to projects/ people we vist and doing actions
 +
* research tools for large groups in meetings to ease discussion and decision making processes
 +
* be conscious of how we present the biketour, make it clear what we aim to achieve/ do; possible name change…?
 +
* more working groups during tour, which could also exist within coordination group before tour starts
 +
* plan actions before tour; what kind of actions would be relevant and effective?
 +
* focus on/ find out about specific campaigns linked to theme ot engage in and be more inclusive
 +
* have a few sets of single/ double days booked in for workshops and find out in advance what people want to learn and what skills we can share as a biketour
 +
 +
=== Presentation(s) about the 2013 Ecotopia Biketour ===
 +
 +
''Notes from a presentation given in NOV2013 in Thessaloniki. They can be altered and used for other presentations elsewhere''
  
 +
'''THE WAY WE LIVE ON THE BIKETOUR'''
  
 +
* community group:
 +
** not a formal group. We meet as individuals at the beginning of and during the biketour, and it's changing all the time during the tour.
 +
** living communally, intentionally trying to create a mobile, flexible intentional community.
  
 +
* non-hierarchical:
 +
** we use consensus decision-making and have 'circles' to make practical decisions and plans, and to have discussions about the way we want to live, e.g. ethical consumption, how we use money, gender roles, efficiency vs. space to learn. Mood circles occasionally to check on individuals' feelings. which usually happen every few days. Announcement circles in the morning/ evening to fill in information gaps between longer circles.
 +
** shared responsibilites/ DIY ethic: teams for food, route, trailers, thank yous to hosts, handling money, blog/ media, actions, etc.
  
==2013 Winter meeting==
+
* solidarity economics:
''(better call it spring meeting...:) )''
+
** anonymous donations according to means. anyone can come, no one should be excluded because of financial matters.
  
 +
* sustainability and 'leave no trace':
 +
** responsible consumption; all communal meals are vegan & aim to source food from local producers.
 +
** use of rocket stove to cook without fossil fuels
 +
** chalk/ sticks/ stones used to make arrows to mark route
  
'''Date and time:'''
+
* workshops to share skills and explore issues:
MAR 22-24 2013; Berlin
+
** discussions and workshops on theme (this year on borders), gender, facilitation & consensus, identity, critical mapping, bike maintenance
please email to info((A+))ecotopiabiketour((D0T))net for details
+
** films brought on hard drive/ USB stick to show and share when facilities available
  
 +
* sleeping places:
 +
** exchanging practical work for hospitality at projects and squats
 +
** wild camping
  
'''Logistics and info'''
+
* meetings for organising BT held in autumn and spring, communication globally via BT org & participants list + wiki pages
* BT coordinators will arrange meeting and sleeping places
 
* Berlin-based people: Please tell us if you could also host people, especially for the days before and after
 
* Persons having confirmed their attendance so far (as of MAR 11): 10 Yes, 4 Maybe, many non-replies
 
* Like in past years, we can try to share travel costs in solidarity; how to do this is a discussion point of the agenda
 
* Please bring:
 
** mats / sleeping bags
 
** BT equipment if you took home some of it in summer (or the years before ;))
 
** maybe a laptop, if you can; usb or external hard drives to share data (e.g. photos)
 
** Energy and enthusiasm!! - Although there is a lot to get through, there will also be time for a BT social / collective event/ workshop to bring something to share!
 
** ...
 
  
 +
''[showed photos of foraging for fruit, cooking & eating together, using the rocket stove, circles, BT arrow, wild camping spots]''
  
'''Agenda topics''' (please help collecting before the meeting starts!):
+
'''THIS YEAR'S BIKETOUR'''
or email alternative points and agendas to info@ecotopiabiketour.net
 
* the route (general direction) - considering:
 
** countries/regions/cities/villages/projects
 
** theme/motto and "campaign slogans" (e.g. "cycling for ....."
 
** theme related places
 
** climate, topography
 
** visa and legal difficulties
 
** people/collectives available to help in specific places
 
** safety (repression, police violence, aggressive people and groups, ...)
 
** Documentation and dissemination along or after the tour
 
** Legacy - what do we hope to achieve by the end of the tour?
 
  
* Coordination Scheme
+
* description of route from berlin to cluj
** Local coordinators? Teams? From the office and centrally email-based?
+
* decided over time with input from participants past, present & future
** Pre-visits?
+
* followed iron curtain trail & curved through former yugoslavia to fit with theme of borders
 +
* attention drawn to bosnia/ croatia/ serbia section, learnt a lot about history of this region
  
* Finances
+
''[photos of landscapes, people cycling!]''
** overview: costs of a bike tour
 
** status quo
 
** scenarios and hopes
 
** plan Bs and Cs
 
** the edge fund application (deadline: April 22nd)
 
  
* reflection of the last bike tour (personal impressions and points) > formulation of improvement strategies
+
* projects:
 +
** squats we visited or stayed in: belgrade, berlin, novi sad, ljubljana, prague, zagreb, maribor
 +
** eco farms: stanciova in romania, longo mai in austria
 +
** art project in slovenia
 +
** bike kitchens: zagreb, berlin, vienna, prague, belgrade
 +
** protests/ activism camps: rosia montana, lausitz climate camp, anti-deportation demo in vienna, oranienplatz refugee camp
 +
** other: zegg, der winckel, roma children's playday in usti nad labem, bad eisenkappel
  
* Communication
+
''[photos from projects, etc.]''
** Internet Communication, (a)'social' media, data privacy and free software @ biketour
 
** comprehensive database of addresses to send out releases ("press list")
 
  
* Basic agreements
 
** minimum advised length of participation (one, two weeks)?
 
** vegan/vegetarian
 
** expectations
 
  
* Future
+
'''NEXT YEAR'S BIKETOUR'''
** Biketour 2014
 
*** Route proposals
 
*** Theme proposals
 
*** EVS (yes or no?)
 
  
* Travel costs for Wintermeeting (solidarian sharing)
+
* emphasised that ideas are welcome for next year's tour

Latest revision as of 08:36, 22 December 2015

FINAL COUNTDOWN: WORKING GROUPS UNTIL KICK-OFF

These are the "Berlin Base"'s working groups for the most urgent organisatory stuff until the Kick-Off days. Some of the groups use sections below or subpages as their work base.

Please don't just skip this section if you're not in Berlin, but think about how you can still contribute - especially if you arrive a few days earlier! The Groups with a * behind them are those that you can easily join to work with online!


  • Booklet Group: Collecting content, layouting, printing *
  • Material Group: Get, order, pick-up, transport material to Kick-Off Days Place
  • Kick-Off Days Group: Design the Programme, contact partners for collaboration
    • Kick-Off Days Food Sub-Group: Organise food for Kick-Off Days, start of the tour and genereal stocks (e.g. fair coffee, spices, grains...?), transport food to Kick-Off Days Place
  • Maps Group: Collecting, preparing, scanning or printing detailed road maps from regions of the route *
  • Food Research Group: Put together a list of oportunities for buying seasonal, local and/or organic food along the whole route (and maybe even pre-order food to pick up on the way) *
  • Media Group: Organising nice films, books, etc. for us to take along *
  • Translation Group: Coordinating necessary translation work and some doing it *
  • Propaganda Group: Designing and Printing our Print Material; thinking about ways to document the tour *
  • Mapping Group: Brainstorming and organising ways of using the medium "map" more on this year's tour in order to express our experiences (besides blogging, painting, podcasting, filming, etc.) *
  • FLOSS Group: Doing everything possible until July to improve our ICTs a bit

Create and join further possibe further Working Groups!

  • Accommodate early arrivers
  • Fundraising: Writing applications *, soli-parties and soli-events *
  • Theme Group: Thinking more about what "borders" can mean, what/how to learn about it and how it could be dealt with *
  • ...

So far...

12 people from the Europe wide Biketour Collective met in Berlin in the snow for the annual Winter Meeting. You can read the agenda and a summary of the minutes here...

As you can see from these pages, many things are still up for debate- so if you have some ideas - make your self a login and add them to the relevant pages or contact info@ecotopiabiketour.net.... and remember 'You are the Biketour!!'

So why another Biketour??

  1. Because we believe in DIY, slow travel and Doing it Ourselves!
  2. Because we have a 23 year legacy of creating incredible experiences / skills sharing / self organising / experiential education ... and we want to do it again!
  3. Because we want to use our energy and momentum to further the campaigns that matter to us most
  4. Because we want to learn from the existing social and activism projects that are happening all over Europe NOW!
  5. Because we want to make things happen - and believe we can do that together
  6. Because you know it will be the adventure of 2013!


This Years Theme

THEME

Brainstorm from the recent Winter Meeting:::::

  • WHAT; Migrant Struggles; Fortress Europe; physical borders and ownership of space; social; psychological; on and offline borders; the virtual and cultural borders.
  • HOW; by having a strong focus(s) on what we can achieve; being sensitive to local border perception.Visiting historical and modern day border struggles and traces.
  • Action suggestions raged from joining up with existing actions such as the Berlin Wall / East Side Gallery or refugee protests; creating moc border control points; bespoke passports; comparing policies; finding commonalities and sharing skills and cultures, stories; recording and documenting them as radio / video / blog posts and e-activisim tactics.
  • Slogan words brainstorm: commons / community / borders, boundaries and beyond / recycling borders / rethink borders / cultural exchange /granica, hranic, Granit, Grenze, granični / mapping, remap borders /reclaim / open (your borders, boundaries) / identities / identify your borders/boundaries / .. of the commons / geh an deine Grenze(n)! / Allmende / iron wheels / limits / crossing / terre / pedal movement / paddle / libre (freedom) / movement (body, social)

We have a consensus about 'Borders, Boundaries and Beyond' as a (broad) theme, but need to focus snappy slogan and focus one one or some of the above suggestions, depending on the projects and campaigns we wish to highlight for 2013.

  • Some Suggestions about Discussions or Reflections on Borders:
    • the dialectics / relations between borders (peripherie) and their centers
    • ....


Biketour 2013 is cycling for a slogan!

We are looking for a slogan, preferably something positive and imperative eg "cycling towards degrowth!"

Check out some ideas on the 2013 Slogan page

Route Ideas

This year the tour is likely to

  • start in ((north)/northeastern Germany (most likely Berlin, but could also be somewhere at the coast)
  • end somewhere in the wide region between the adriatic and the carpathian mountains, between the tatra and northern dinaric alps

This rough decision was taken during the Winter Meeting 2013. During the following month, the route will be concretised in order to have "skeleton".

See the 2013 route page for

  • ideas for places to visit, routes, contacts (add yours, too!)
  • maps with route ideas and existing 'borders'

For projects and places off the 2013 route - you can add them here: Other Route Ideas Page - 2014?

2013 Aims

There have been many discussions about Aims & Sub Campaigns that the BT wish to support ...some of thoses can be added here.


Kick-off days

Our Kick off days in Berlin are fast approaching!! And will be held in (or near to) Berlin 12th - 15th July 2013....

Suggestions for workshops during these days:: (or workshops during the tour en route)

Tools for change:

  • Facilitation workshop /
  • decision making processes: in groups, in stressy situaitons ("quick decision making"), by consensus
  • Tools for action workshop
  • Popular Education workshop
  • Games / energisers / moral boosting!
  • Workshop planning
  • Action planning
  • Non-hierarchical organisation
  • non-violent communication


Biketour History / Future

  • Ecorates and solidarity economics
  • What is the Biketour
  • Reflections of last year
  • Organising Ourselves: BT 2013 structure

Borders in Berlin:

  • Historical (Bike) tour of the Berlin Wall / Berlin; highlighting what's usually not mentioned in history books
  • Film screening of the 2013 Refugee Revolution Caravan project with discussion
  • Film screenings (Borders / activism in Eastern Europe)
  • 100% Tempelhof project (gardens) (gentrification) (anti urban development)
  • Workshop on Critical Cartography
  • Berlin Anti Eviction campaign
  • Coincide with existing bike or border event.....?

Bikes bikes bikes:

  • Bike repair / maintanance workshop
  • Regenbogenwerkstatt?
  • Kopi Bike welding fridays
  • Schwarzer Kanal Bike workshop
  • Spontaneious City Critical Mass
  • Link up with Bike Surf Berlin [1]

Practical stuff:

  • Rocket stove workshop
  • First aid workshop / course? (Red Cross, THW, etc.?)

Lets get Visible!:

  • Screen Printing BT t-shirst Kopi / Rauchhaus
  • Making banners / materials
  • Improve your Bike


Meeting up with others:

Visiting Projects: - also possible host / workshop spaces Plattenladen Lanterne Rouge friedel / f54 Kesselberg Kopi squat Schwarzer Kanal Wagenplatz Bethanien House project New Yorck 59 Rauchhaus Tempest Library ((ZEGG)) Funkhaus Grünau


Berlin Border Groups: Forderverein Karawane e.v Ak – undocumentierte Arbeit Reach Out Berlin Antidiskriminierungsbüro Kein Mensch ist illegal Fight Racism Now Women In Exile Blokupy Berlin Womens Bike Project Berlin schnittselle Die Karawane Schulerinner woller mehr Kampagne für Opfer rassistischer Polizeigewalt Libertad! e.V. ABC Berlin ARI Antirassistische Initiative Initative gegen Abschiebehaft Corasol

Berlin DIY Bike Projects Rainbow Factory hubSchrauber - die Fahrradfakultät Bike Surf Berlin Uni Rad ADFC Bike Aid Les Lanternes Rouges Rad Container Berlin cargo bike network Berlin Bamboo Bikes



Keep then coming ......!

Things needed for biketour

Collective Equipment

Biketour as a collective "has" some collective stuff (pans / trailers), which are collectively transported and used during the tour. During the rest of the year, these things are stored in different places and should all come together again by the start of the next tour. Things used in 2012 and planned to use in 2013 can be found on the 2013 Equipment page. Please update this page with the things you have and write how they can get to the starting point of the tour!


Private Stuff

Every individual joining the tour will have to use some private stuff. See page what to bring for ideas about what participants need.


Additional things

The tour lives from its different people and all the (material and immaterial) things that these people bring and share. On the 2013 Equipment page you can announce what kind of additional things you will bring to the tour. This can help us to make sure in advance that we won't find ourselves in the strange situations of having 25 guitars but no single bike pump ;). You can also find some inspirations on what to bring.


Food

Food on the Biketour cannot be bought beforehand for and transported over more than two months. We need to buy things in between. It is always challenging to get food that matches criteria like vegan, local, ecolocical, no-cooling-needed, nutritous and from a production/distribution facility worth supporting. Help us to spot places beforehand on our 2013 Food page!


Media (Films, Books, ...)

Watching films and reading books/(maga)zines/etc. can help us understand certain local histories and backgrounds. Here's 2013 Media Library where you can collect all media that you think is useful for the understanding of the regions we pass through or this years theme. (Or just for sharing your favorite film/book...). It would be great if you could take the media with you that you put on the wiki, but of course someone else can get them, too.

Print Material On the Road

  • 2013 Booklet: including schedule, description of places
  • small language book
  • maps?
  • stickers?

check and keep BT_2013_advertising_material updated :D

Propaganda

  • Where to publicize it
    • some ideas on last year's page [Biketour 2012]
    • put new ideas here!

Get involved!

See the website's Get Involved Page [2] for common things to help with. If you pick one or come up with something new: Down here is space to organise or share your work with others!


Creative Work

Translation

We are always looking for translators - if you spreak the local language of any of the places we willl be passing through - please get in touch: info[at]ecotopiabiketour.net or see the 2013 Text that needs translating page.


2013 Funding

We are currently seeking funding towards the 2013 Biketour See the Fundraising page


On the tour: Topics for Discussions or ad-hoc workshops

  • Making a Rocket Stove
  • Offline and online life: Why do so few people care about their online behaviour even though they are very stricly supporting alternative ways of living offline and even though they are socio-critical in the offline world?
  • Online Security and the Right to Informational Self-Determination
  • Corporate Design: Do we also need this? Or should we as critical and alternative people reject the idea that a neat, sterile, clean and reproducible logo should "brandmark" all our publications and even daily items? Do we limit our ways of artistic expressions by trying to produce recognisable media? What are the general psychological rules behind (corporate) design and why does it play a big role in capitalism?
  • Anti-Advertisement Activism
  • First Aid
  • Samba
  • Action Training
  • Language Basics
  • Organic Agriculture Basics
  • Bike Maintenance
  • Facilitation of Group Meetings and Concensus Decision Making
  • Majority Decisions vs. Consensus; Consensus vs. Consent
  • Reflective Language and non-violent communication
  • How to self-organise?
  • Forms of Solidarian / Alternative Economy
  • De-Growth
  • Mapping / Critical Carthography
  • Pro Border vs. No Border: Successionism and Cosmopolitanism in the Left
  • ...
  • ...

Archive of Mailing List Communications

Travel plans and advice

After the Tour

Ecotopia Biketour 2013: notes from the final circle

To conclude this amazing trip, on October 1st, we held a circle at the Casa de Cultura Permanenta in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Below is a summary of what we discussed. Any contributions to this discussion are welcome :)

What went well

  • Route: well planned distances and places; borders/ minority communities linked well with the theme
  • Projects: well researched, good contacts
  • Organisation: adaptability, especially when in a large group; project liaison teams worked well with handover and sharing of responsibility
  • Theme/ activism: worked well in the last few weeks of the tour especially, with links to workshops and activism to existing groups and demos in the city.
  • Food: quite resourceful, especially in areas with farms; tasty!
  • Materials: resourcefulness with making/ acquiring cooking equipment, e.g. rocket stoves; good and sufficient
    • >> good mix of nice people and lots of respect

What could have been done better

  • Route: shorter cycling days to be more inclusive/ make biketour more accessible; more rest days in countryside rather than cities
  • Projects: better to spend more time at each project so we can really contribute
  • Organisation: booklet with project info, etc., would have been useful at the beginning of the tour; shorter route and longer in projects would give people more time to recuperate from cycling and then plan/ do workshops, activism and work on internal organisation
  • Theme/ activism: had some missed opportunities; again, longer stops would free up time for workshops on theme, etc.; more encouragement of people to have workshops prepared before biketour begins; some time at the beginning of the trip, not in a city, to plan workshop, do skillshares and have time to self-organise more effectively
  • Food: quite resourceful, especially in areas with farms; tasty!
  • Materials: could make more use of digital resources to share and distribute amongst ourselves and projects we visit, e.g. films on USB sticks
  • Blog/ media: communal hard drive, gather resources in advance; communal computer may mean more people contributing to blog and to have audio/ video editing capabilities
    • >>too little talking about values and important community stuff in the whole group (i.e. ‘community’)
    • >> principles were often left aside or compromised; more consistency with biketour principles needed i.e.
  • shopping habits, rubbish
  • group dynamics
  • transport (flying)
  • self-sufficiency, DIY, low impact, non-monetary recomp
  • awareness about food; quality, nutrition, sources


Other observations:

  • we cycled from Berlin to Cluj in time!
  • lots of people were interested and came on the tour
  • schedule was ‘rushy’; not more than one thing/ event/ agenda point per day
  • too few local participants/ native speakers of countries further away from Germany
  • theme was not well communicated/ confusing, not enough focus within the group and among projects regarding the theme; more of a clear message next year? Focus on theme, especially when choosing projects; schedule more workshops/ sessions about theme
  • spontaneity better than structure
  • quality of experience cannot be planned; more ‘empty space’ on the schedule may mean more trust and flow
  • more facilitation/ delegation and less “responsibility”
  • more wild camping = more silence, less stress
  • cities: pros = connections with people, private space; cons: stress, dispersion of group members so harder to do things together


Why another biketour?

  • “tradition”?
  • ambition to do criticised things better next year
  • using the potential of the biketour community to support local activist groups, before, during and after
  • open minds that are still closed…


What are our aims and how can we achieve them?

  • live in a mobile intentional non-hierarchical community
  • be a point of entry for people into a consensus based/ alternative way of living
  • interaction with an contribution to communities
  • lots of personal learning experiences
  • more cross-border friendships
  • tighten leftist/ alternative networks in Europe and beyond
  • challenge ourselves in new environments and face other phenomena/ social problems
  • promote the “biketour way of life”/ travelling further
  • more environmentally friendly travel
  • focus on the theme
  • lower aims (?) to begin with, concentrate on sharing/ experiencing rather than being disappointed with lack of ‘activism’ for example
  • more time/ space to reflect and discuss topic/ theme
  • informal learning and skill sharing
  • balance of activist tourism = actively contributing to projects/ people we vist and doing actions
  • research tools for large groups in meetings to ease discussion and decision making processes
  • be conscious of how we present the biketour, make it clear what we aim to achieve/ do; possible name change…?
  • more working groups during tour, which could also exist within coordination group before tour starts
  • plan actions before tour; what kind of actions would be relevant and effective?
  • focus on/ find out about specific campaigns linked to theme ot engage in and be more inclusive
  • have a few sets of single/ double days booked in for workshops and find out in advance what people want to learn and what skills we can share as a biketour

Presentation(s) about the 2013 Ecotopia Biketour

Notes from a presentation given in NOV2013 in Thessaloniki. They can be altered and used for other presentations elsewhere

THE WAY WE LIVE ON THE BIKETOUR

  • community group:
    • not a formal group. We meet as individuals at the beginning of and during the biketour, and it's changing all the time during the tour.
    • living communally, intentionally trying to create a mobile, flexible intentional community.
  • non-hierarchical:
    • we use consensus decision-making and have 'circles' to make practical decisions and plans, and to have discussions about the way we want to live, e.g. ethical consumption, how we use money, gender roles, efficiency vs. space to learn. Mood circles occasionally to check on individuals' feelings. which usually happen every few days. Announcement circles in the morning/ evening to fill in information gaps between longer circles.
    • shared responsibilites/ DIY ethic: teams for food, route, trailers, thank yous to hosts, handling money, blog/ media, actions, etc.
  • solidarity economics:
    • anonymous donations according to means. anyone can come, no one should be excluded because of financial matters.
  • sustainability and 'leave no trace':
    • responsible consumption; all communal meals are vegan & aim to source food from local producers.
    • use of rocket stove to cook without fossil fuels
    • chalk/ sticks/ stones used to make arrows to mark route
  • workshops to share skills and explore issues:
    • discussions and workshops on theme (this year on borders), gender, facilitation & consensus, identity, critical mapping, bike maintenance
    • films brought on hard drive/ USB stick to show and share when facilities available
  • sleeping places:
    • exchanging practical work for hospitality at projects and squats
    • wild camping
  • meetings for organising BT held in autumn and spring, communication globally via BT org & participants list + wiki pages

[showed photos of foraging for fruit, cooking & eating together, using the rocket stove, circles, BT arrow, wild camping spots]

THIS YEAR'S BIKETOUR

  • description of route from berlin to cluj
  • decided over time with input from participants past, present & future
  • followed iron curtain trail & curved through former yugoslavia to fit with theme of borders
  • attention drawn to bosnia/ croatia/ serbia section, learnt a lot about history of this region

[photos of landscapes, people cycling!]

  • projects:
    • squats we visited or stayed in: belgrade, berlin, novi sad, ljubljana, prague, zagreb, maribor
    • eco farms: stanciova in romania, longo mai in austria
    • art project in slovenia
    • bike kitchens: zagreb, berlin, vienna, prague, belgrade
    • protests/ activism camps: rosia montana, lausitz climate camp, anti-deportation demo in vienna, oranienplatz refugee camp
    • other: zegg, der winckel, roma children's playday in usti nad labem, bad eisenkappel

[photos from projects, etc.]


NEXT YEAR'S BIKETOUR

  • emphasised that ideas are welcome for next year's tour