Meetings, convergences, festivals


Where do we want to talk about solidbase this year?

@yova is going to attend:

[RFC] Geotagging und Kalendrierung ermöglichen

Great! I am maybe also on Agrikulturfestival. And there is an annual meeting here, where I am a part of it:



The camp took place in the post-industrial idyll “Ferropolis” which is a peninsula located within a flooded ex browncoal opencast pit. Some steel dinosaurs were still standing around.

@yala and me took part in a hackathon organised by the makers of the comunity platform “”, The main developer of,, Arne was also present there. He also blogged abot the event:

These are interesting tools for community organisation, the latter shows up some interesting ideas about how to organize far distance free flow economies. Wechange could have a breakthrough if the email notification would become more clear and the planned integration with nextcloud would be completed.

We also visited a network meeting of “platform coops” which is also very interesting in the context of solidbase as it is also about networking responsible IT persons and groups with each other. It was followed up by this mail from Roland of


Until August 19 the call for Bits & Bäume is running. They explicitly mention

Alternatives Wirtschaften Veränderungen der Agrar- und Ernährungswirtschaft


Gestaltung digitaler Infrastrukturen Agrarwende und neue Formen von Landwirtschaft

The event takes place in Berlin on November 18 and 19 2018.

@yova Are you already inscribed for ?


Yeah, might be cool if you could go to Bits and Bäume. It collides with the Solawi Network meeting which is at the same weekend.

Yes, I already inscribed myself to the “Bio und regional goes digital” conference. Would be nice if yu would join, @yala.


Would I also have to write an abstract or proposal myself, or could you imagine to pair on one until end of August?

Could be good to have individual threads per event, and install and enable the location and events plugins for Discourse. Then one can aggregate multiple events with locations as with

I’ll have to double check the calendar and keep you informed.



The Libre Software Meeting 2018 (Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre) took place on the university campus of Strasbourg. For a whole week dozens of workshops and lectures about all aspects of free software could be attended. Most of those were held in French, but I was happy to attend two English spoken talks, one about Free Software in education, and the other about Free Software advocacy in Brussels.

Due to heavy overload of the organizers, our wish to have my presentation to the dev-room proposed by Agnez couldn’t be realized, so the dev-room took place on Sunday and my presentation on Monday.

It was very nice that Rachel from the OFN could attend our little conferences, although she had to leave early the big global OFN meeting that happened at the same time in Barcelona. With Agnez from GASAP/RePanier we had a familiar and very constructive exchange. Rachel had some time to explain the functionality and background of OFN in detail.

My talk on the results of the SFS management tool analysis had to compete with very interesting offers from Framasoft this might be the reason why, next to the quite special topic, the audience stayed very familiar to the event before.

Nonetheless my talk had been recorded, and I’ll post it here as soon, as I have it. The slides are online, still as WIP, on the new solidbase homepage.


I’ll have to resign from this opportunity due to family obligations that very weekend. Let’s see if I can come up with an Abstract for Bits & Bäume.



Apparently the raingods liked the rhythms of the festival and had mercy with the dried out nature. The party crowd danced in the rain not only to Samba rhythms on Friday.
On Saturday the Eschenholtzpark got populated with loads of stands of organic producers and organizations and hundreds of interested people strolling around. On the stage music from all around the world was played.

In the evening @hof-hollergraben gave a nice introduction to Solawi, Tex from Ortoloco further defined it with the great example of his CSA, and I bored everyone with details on SFS management software.


Bio und regional goes digital

I attended two session:

Digital fit – Food Coops und SoLaWis gut aufstellen

ABout 15 people attended this session, moderated by Martina Schäfer.
I gave a short introduction into the numerous possibilities of organizing SFS. Mario Rothauer, the creator of open food shop, and Carolin Gruber from presented their tools. In a second phase we split up in smaller groups and worked on different not-yet implemented scenes to solve by the tools using “storyboards”.
In the group I attended we worked on how to conceptually design the budget presentation and planning tool solidbase. For that we took the perspectives from farmers and coordinators and thought about the added value such a tool could give for each group. New to me was the idea of make the destinations of the interpersonal subvention that happens during bidding rounds (when someone gives more and someone less) more visible, to foster the willingness of giving. For that we brainstormed the possibility of labeling oneself as a member with certain social categories like “single father” or so.
Another idea we shortly touched once more, and what is actually inevitable if we talk of transparent budgets is the transparency of the members own budget, say income. Some CSA made good success in correlating the share price to the members income.
Important for the solidbase tool was to discuss the importance of gaining insight into the ecological, social and general economic impacts of measurements using a detailed presentation of the budget. Especially in preparing a bidding round this is apparently very valuable.
For the creation of a online bidding round sunu is currently preparing a proposal. During the session they developed a already quite detailed stories on how such a bidding round could happen. Very important was to make it also functioning during the analogue experience of “traditional” bidding rounds, as they are very valuable for community building effects of CSAs. A standard bidding round would be one week long or so digital round and then one evening long non-virtual meeting. But probably it’s a good idea to make the numbers of the digital rounds and their periodicity configurable.

Wer bietet was wo an – immer aktuell?

In this session we got input from 4 tools:

  • Claudia Schreiber presented the RegioApp by Bundesverband der Regionalbewegung. Its a tool for finding local produce in local direct marketing and reselling structures.
  • Dörte Wollenberg presented Die Meck-Schweizer a business2business matching platform for small and medium scale producers exclusively developed for the Switzerland of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and beyond.
  • Anton Kohlbauer and Alexander Tremel presented their tool Regiothek. It’s for making delivery chains visible in short supply circuits. As it’s closely elaborated with the University of Passau it’s quite professionally set up. The data-structures had been carefully modeled and as it’s a big question of privacy protection who enters the data and where they are displayed, they took extra advice from the judicial faculty.
  • The fourth tool was presented by @Andi from Geeks4Change and presented a map presenting various kinds of initiatives and places, not only out of the food sector sector. Maps like this might be the next step in presenting the various approaches in local food distribution in single maps.

After the presentation I attended the smaller group together with Claudia Schreiber and Alexander Tremel to discuss their tools. As the regioApp has the typical problems of apps with limited outreach especially “Who enters the data?”, we discussed possibilities of cooperation with other organizations and apps. To make this cooperation happen on technical level we soon concluded that we need foundational work for creating principle data structures. The next logical necessary step ist to connect to the data food consortium and participate on their creation of just this.

Zusammenarbeit mit regioapp
Commonsinvest vs opencrowdinvest
Bio & regional goes digital, Berlin, 28.9. – 29.9
Arbeit an offenen Datenformaten

Hey all. We sent a proposal to Bits&Bäume for a short presentation and we got selected. I will prepare a presentation and my sister will join me. Your input is much appreciated :). You can find the abstract here:


WĂĽnscht du dir wmgl. auch performative UnterstĂĽtzung, oder lediglich argumentative?


Anybody going to this event?


The session has been published for 18.11. at 11:10 for 10’


Wenn du mit performative Unterstützung meinst beim Vortrag mit auf der Bühne stehen, dann bezog sich meine Bitte um Input auf argumentative Unterstützung :slight_smile: Ich habe die vorangegangene Konversation so verstanden, dass keiner von euch Zeit hat hin zu gehen und demnach als speaker Kristina und mich angegeben habe. Für 10 Minuten reichen mM nach 2 Leute aber wenn loch jemand Interesse hat können wir das gerne koordinieren.


@yala took some nice fotos on bits’n’bäume:


Press release about the International CSA Meeting in Thessaloniki from urgenci:

The report from the solawi network: