At Passignano sul Trasimeno, in region Umbria, near Perugia, during the summer school of Euronomade from 13 to 16 September 2018, in the panel entitled "The welfare of the common", the research program PieNews.eu and the platform Commonfare.net were presented.
In the discussion that followed, some points emerged. Welfare is increasingly today a mode of production, aiming to directly favor the formation of profits, both through its financialization (pensions and health) and because it introduces new divisions of labor, thanks to the processes of privatization and outsourcing to private firms.
Even the traditional dichotomy between public welfare and private welfare needs a rethinking. The good practices of bottom-up welfare that have been presented and discussed are a concrete example of this and represent a potential tool not only of resistance but of an innovative proposal.
Faced with the reactionary-nationalist cycle that is spreading in Europe, simple cultural and political opposition is not enough. It is necessary to start experimenting with alternative forms of welfare and above all it is necessary to put them in touch one each other. Here is the political value of the commonfare.net platform and the invitation to participate. Invitation that has been more than welcomed!