“It is in collectivities that we find reservoirs of hope and optimism.”
― Angela Y. Davis
Maintaining an affective commons through events: a practice-based study of three collaborative communities
David Rozas, Bernhard Resch, Silvia Díaz-Molina
In this article, we look at how new forms of organizing in collaborative communities rest on collectively maintained ‘affective commons’. More concretely, we compare event-organizing practices in three case studies, showing how they compound into affective atmospheres that envelope the perceived potential of bodies to feel and act. In recognizing this product of continuous affective labor as a pooled resource that is stewarded by a community with its corresponding ethos, we highlight that collaborative organizational designs can create diverse economic practices for the common good. We ask how digitally mediated work relations in coworking spaces, crowdsourcing platforms, and peer-to-peer production can strike a balance between reciprocal and transactional forms of value creation, which challenges the rampaging precariousness in the emerging gig economy.