The FCForum

Short description

The FCForum brings together key organisations and active voices in the spheres of free/libre culture and knowledge. It responds to the need for an international arena in which to put together and coordinate a global framework for action.

Standing up to the powerful lobbies of the copyright industries, the FCForum is a space for creating tools and strengthening civil society in regards to the creation and distribution of art, culture and knowledge in the digital age.

After an initial phase in which free/libre culture emerged, grew and expanded, there is now an urgent need to re-think the existing economic structures for the production, financing and funding of culture. Many of the old models no longer work. They have become unsustainable and detrimental to civil society. We need to define and promote innovative strategies that make cultural practices sustainable and empower the wealth of society in general.

The document aims to contribute to this task, and is specifically intended to be useful for the following:
• To provide arguments for policy reformers: as a tool with which to lobby policy makers, institutions and governmental agencies, in order to influence the legislative changes that are currently in process.
• To offer individuals, as active subjects, tools for dealing with the paradigm changes that are taking place in the fields of knowledge and creative and cultural production.
• To create a network of affinity and global collaboration, based on a common interest in defending free/libre culture.

Read more about the initiative here.

The best with the app/supporting initiative

Linking culture to the technical development with a strong focus on civil society.

The weak parts of the app/supporting initiative

Needs to be connected stronger to ongoing processes, especially outside the western hemisphere.

What could accelerate this app/supporting initiative into a world changer?

Integrate it into major processes and initiatives such as the G20 and BASIC/BRICS.


How direct is the delivery of the result the app tries to achieve
  • Direct
  • Indirect
  • Inspirational
  • Long shot


Words must be translated into action.

Transformative approach

How transformative is it
  • A new world
  • A major shift
  • A bit of a shake-up
  • A gentle rocking


It is more a reminder, but a very important one.

How much does it encourage collaborations

How much are new networks supported
  • Strong support for global networks?
  • Currently encourages new forms of collaboration
  • Provides interesting opportunities in the future
  • Restricted to a small (expert) group


It is about global networks that meet without any profit/power interest.

What synergies can be delivered

How well does it also solve other problems/generate solutions
  • It solves everything
  • Several important challenges
  • Some important challenges
  • Only one challenge


Bringing civil society and culture higher up the agenda can help identify many important synergies.

Nine billion contribution

How global is it? Is it helping/will it help everyone on the planet
  • Instant global equality
  • Almost global
  • Getting (incrementally) global
  • Not applicable


Should be better integrated in the current discussions.

Building on current trends

How well does it use current trends
  • The app is setting new trends by itself
  • Building on multiple trends
  • Effectively building on one trend
  • Not really building on any major trend


Everyone talks about it, but few want to support it close to home. The dilemma for civil society and culture.


How fast can it deliver
  • It's already happening
  • In the coming weeks
  • In a year or so
  • In a distant future (hopefully)


This is a long process and it must take time.


Does it support transformative transparency
  • Brave new transparency
  • Transparency that is innovative (never seen before)
  • Increased transparency, but nothing innovative
  • No increase in transparency


It is more about ensuring that those that make the invisible visible and culture are not forgotten in a new digital revolution.

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