A gathering to connect nomadbases: SHE goes MAD!
Open space conference on nomad-culture in Berlin in the end of November
From hospitality exchange networks and nomads who want to live and work where-ever they feel like, towards a culture of shared places. SHE is a conference that intends to connect people who want to build up networks of shared nomad houses: places where you can feel at home, participate, teach, learn and share - while traveling.
In the past years many of us have taken initiatives to set up this type of shared houses, lived the life of a nomad or set up infrastructure to host travelers permanently. To make these networks more profound and to exchange our experiences, knowledge and inspirations, we are organising a nomadconference in Berlin towards the end of November. What are these homes? Who are nomads? What connects us? What is the culture we create? Where can we go from here?
We are still working on location and exact dates for the conference but the idea is to gather and share our ideas by open space technology: the conference is fluid, everyone can add points to the agenda and all have equal influence how this (un)conference takes shape, while we intend to keep our focus on the culture of shared houses and work-spaces, nomadic culture and how to sustain and extend our current networks.
Who is SHE?
SHE was a conference on Sustainable Hospitality Exchange that took place in Amsterdam, June 2008. Participants focused on how hospitality exchange could be made more sustainable, on a personal, inter-personal (guest-host relationship), community and network-level (bewelcome and couchsurfing for example). The 30 people present over the weekend shared ideas and experiences about forms of hospitality exchange, learning while traveling and implications for our lives.
The event took place in what is currently called a nomadbase, a self-organised house for both traveling and also more stationary nomads. In this house the inhabitants implemented the idea of how to have a welcoming and sustainable house-environment. Over the past year, this has inspired even more people to set up similar places, while at the same time (and even before), other people have been setting up similar spaces independently. SHE goes MAD wants to connect these initiatives to help sustaining each other, to learn from each other and to mutually inspire.