PP³ – Connecting the European Pirates Bottom-Up
Fom August 30st until September 1st, pirates from the three neighbouring countries Germany, Czech Republic and Poland met in Dresden for the first PP3 conference . As a real and very productive surprise, also pirates from Austria and France made the long trip in order to join.
The meeting also included a video conference with one of the leading Czech pirates, Mikuláš Ferjenčík, the manager of the election campaign in Saxony, Mark Neis, and Zbigniew Łukasiak, the vice president of Polish pirates. The fast approaching sequence of elections in Germany, Austria and Czech republic, and the European parliamentary elections in the next year determined the main subject of the discussions.
The focus was on the million little practical things that we could do to support each other and make our election campaigns more effective. From sharing know-how, equipment, graphics or posters to physically helping with putting them up – we discussed in detail how we might collaborate effectively and what would probably yield the most return. To jump start the collaboration, the participants took part in a flashmob event that was part of the pan- European IDP13 initiative and was also the start of a new phase of the Saxony pirates election campaign . Soon sharing was also initiated with the Saxon pirates lending their button making machine to the Czech pirates.
As a symbol for the collaboration, a “T-shirt-on-tour” was started. The idea is that this T-shirt from the Saxon pirates will travel around the world, changing hands wherever pirates from different countries meet .
The whole meeting had a very pleasant, piratic mood. We, the participants, would like to use this space to thank the pirate party of Saxony for providing the place, the food and also hosting us at their homes in a couchsurfing manner
The next PP3 will be held in Plzen, Czech Republic, in February 2014. Be prepared and a very warm welcome to you.
The German translation can be found here.