This week's #MunicipalistMonday 🧵 weaves the story of Mondeggi Bene Comune. For a decade, in Florence, this communal democratic space has explored how we can produce & live together – living through solidarity, autonomy & participative democracy.
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On Florence's outskirts, Mondeggi Bene Comune is a 200 ha former state-owned farm that was going to be sold off in 2013. A movement ( including Terra Bene Comune network & peasant movement Genuino Clandestino) rejected privatisation. They demand everyone has rights to land. Image
Today hundreds of people organise collectively in Mondeggi Bene Comune around cultural events and activities such as olive growing, collective gardening, wine making, baking and brewing. It also participates in local markets and supports popular canteens. Image
“Year after year, a multitude of activities have developed. Mondeggi's farm has seen the birth of a collective system of mutual aid & self-learning based on a democratic system.”
writes Logan Penvern

For a decade, locals’ engagement has stopped authorities evicting Mondeggi Bene Comune. However, to protect it going forwards in 2023, the project is undergoing a participative process and dialogue with local authorities to be recognised as commons.
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