SHE goes MAD

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SHE goes MAD is a proposed conference to take place in Berlin towards the end of November 2009. The aim of the conference is to connect people whose intention is to set up a network of nomadic spaces, spaces where nomads feel at home. It is essentially also a conference on our shared nomadic culture.


She stands for Sustainable Hospitality Exchange. SHE was also a conference that took place in Amsterdam, june 2008. SHE goes MAD is the proposed title for the conference in Berlin. MAD stands for nomadic but MAD in itself is just too cool to not use.


  • 20.11.2009 - 27.11.2009 Work meetings
  • 27.11.2009 - 30.11.2009 Main conference
Opening Session on the 27th late afternoon.

Open Space

The format of the conference will be an open space format. There is no fixed agenda and participants themselves will set up topics once the conference starts. We will share our intentions of why we come together, and feed our common agenda based on the main questions we have. We will group these questions around specific categories of type of meetings we want to have. This is an ongoing process.

This also means that separate topics could be discussed in different spaces at the same time. At the same time, people could be discussing technical stuff, while other people meet to discuss the culture of a nomadbase. Participants vote with their feet: you go where you feel at place - where you feel/ think you can learn or contribute.

Basically, whenever two people are together discussing a related topic, a meeting has started. Topics can also change during the conference, depending on how things move along.

Spaces would for example include:

  • Meeting space A, B and C (need naming)
  • Social space (for 'off-topic')
  • Skill-share space A and B

Online Presence

We also intend to have interaction with people who are unable to attend the conference. During the conference, notes will be taken and put online on a wiki. We also will invite the non-attending participants to start discussions. We will try to stream specific meetings, and set up a tele/videoconference.


A common way of starting a gathering like this is to first do an introduction rounds in a big group or even smaller groups, to share our intentions and questions.

It is important for people to feel comfortable with each other, so they feel free to exchange their knowledge and their thoughts without reservations. It is sometimes better to have multiple smaller meetings, than one big meeting for this. What also works well is to have a box where people can write down their main questions for what they want to learn/ get out of the meeting, before making some form of (dynamic) agenda. Or to have a huge board/ white sheet where people can add their topics and/or proposed meetings.

As a reference, we can already start sharing our ideas for topics or questions here below. Please add yours, or simply edit the existing ones.

Topics/ Questions

  • Nomadbases
Current nomadbases, origins and culture
Cultures of living together
How to set up more nomad-bases
Build/ draw your favorite house
Workshop with tools in nomad bases
  • Real social networks,
How to connect the nomads and bases online
Relation with existing hospitality exchange networks
  • Personal Social relations
Sustaining a family as a nomad
How to collaborate on long term projects as a nomad
How to build social recognition as a nomad
How to build up recognition of our role towards society
How to communicate with others who do not experience multiple shifting realities
Keeping presence when faced to other peoples fears
Experience of Representation Vs Experience of being
How to have stable intimate relationships as a nomad
How to create ( our own ) reference points as a nomad
  • Different funding models
Legal issues
Parallel currency systems Ripple
  • Traveling school of life/ Skillsharing
Permanent workshops in nomad bases
Bike repair shops
Fabrication labs in nomad bases with reprap and/or other production tools
Teach, Learn, Share
Nomad University
Use personal skills where they are needed (ie. fix a bike for the one that can't, fix a meal for the one that can't, fix a computer, fix a roof, fix fears, fix television... wait... don't fix televisions!)
  • Economics of a nomad
Actual economic needs for a nomad
Different ways for a nomad to sustain himself
Best countries to officially register your residence
Nomad base type economic projects
Hacking artificial scarcity
Building up peer production infrastructures
How to collaborate and receive support from mainstream institutions as a nomad
  • High/Low tech Nomadism
DIY Primitivists Vs Minimalist DIY Technologists ?
Hackable Nomad Gear ?
  • Nomadic Projects
Lightfoot Sustainable Post
Wiki: hitchwiki, trashwiki, couchwiki, sharewiki, nomadwiki, healthywiki, etc.
  • Need to be categorized:
Beyond Collectivism ? Beyond Individualism ? Beyond Self-Actualization
Stigmergic Tools
Metaphysics of the Hitch Hiker
Usership of Private Spaces ?
Sustainable Non-Reciprocal Exchange and Units of Measurment ?
Hyperlocal Nomadism

Skillsharing-sessions that are likely to start whenever it starts

  • Poi/ play with fire
  • Bread-making
  • Meditation
  • Intuitive Traveling
  • add yours
  • Someone bring a chess board

Further ideas

Work and learn

The intention of the conference is not only to share ideas, but also to get things done, build networks and extend our community. A proposal is to come together in the weeks before and after the conference to implement and work on things such as coding, website and communication.


Please sign up through grabgrass.


An invitation is made and can be send through the familiar networks. Please send it to the right people:

  • Nomadic travelers


There are several options for a location. Discussion goes through grabgrass



Stay connected

To stay connected, please watch this wiki-space, check or please sign up through grabgrass