‘The real success of the 15M is that it changed people’s minds’

Last april, 17th 2012, I took part in the TEDxBuenosAires2012. Ana Patiño, from the Buenos Aires Herald had a little chat with me. Here is what we talked about.  [NOTAAquí una copia traducido (automáticamente) al español]

‘The real success of the 15M is that it changed people’s minds’

By Ana Patiño, BuenosAiresHerald.com staff.

– Spaniard Stéphane Grueso assured that a new way of protest has appeared after the Tahrir, 15M and Occupy Wall Street movements, and despite their “little” concrete achievements, the change in the people’s minds has showed that it is in fact a success.

Although there have been protests all along History, Grueso affirmed that “what happened last year is special,” regarding the three main motives that triggered the worldwide demonstrations that began in the Arab Spring, continued at Puerta del Sol last May and lead to the Occupy movement in Zucotti Park by the last quarter of the year.

He told the BuenosAiresHerald.com that what has led people in Madrid to gather at Puerta del Sol was the local context, that “we were all living a crisis, without work, without expectations;” the fact that “there was not a unique ideology and everybody was invited to be part of it;” and also the global context. “The movement has spread not like a virus, but like waves,” he assured during the TEDx Buenos Aires, “it was like music, we were merging.”

The Spaniard highlighted six main points in common between Tahrir, the Indignants, and the “99 percent,” including the fact that they all gathered in public squares surrounded by important buildings, the horizontal organization which has no leader, the role in information and communication technology and the non-violent protests.

He also mentioned the “copyleft,” action that he describes as the “documentation and sharing of what’s happening,” giving transparency to the movement and leaving it in the internet so everybody can have access to it. The movements are currently organizing the 12M (May 12) protest that will be a massive global march as the 15-O (October 15), and Grueso has called on Argentines to participate in it. “I am aware that you passed through a similar situation in 2001, but you are not alone now,” he said.

Grueso assured that they are frequently asked why they allowed the right-wing party to win the November 20 elections in Spain, and stated that “we are focused in other things and have other deadlines, we want to change things, but we are not anti-system.”

“I know that something is going to happen, I can tell you that, but I don’t know when,” Grueso stated as he strongly assured that the most important thing they have achieved is the change in people’s mind and that means “we’ve already won.”


p.s. you can find the original article here.

p.s.2. Aquí una copia traducido (automáticamente) al español  /  Find here a spanish copy of the text.

p.s.3. This article: Copyright, Buenos Aires Herald 2012

  fanetin   Abr 23, 2012   Blog, English   0 Comment Read More

New transmedia project-> http://15M.cc

I recently started a new project. Together with Pablo Soto and Patricia Horrillo, I will be working for the next year in this wonderful transmedia project about the so called “Movement 15M”. Our project includes a film, a book and an interactive website. Here I copy for you a text from our website explaining what is all about.


On May 15, a demonstration organized by Real Democracy NOW! paved the way for what has been called «15M Movement» or the «Spanish revolution», an unprecedented collective awakening in Spain. From that day, hundreds of citizens gathered around the central square of Puerta del Sol in Madrid. Others, like us (Pablo Soto, Stéphane M. Grueso y Patricia Horrillo), began reporting on what was happening on the streets through social media and blogs.

We had a common goal: we wanted to do our bit for this social movement. That’s why we decided to carry out a non-profit collaborative project with a copyleft license (Creative Commons BY / SA 3.0 ES). On May 15 2012, we will publish a book and a documentary and we will make both available to download in an interactive website, along with additional materials. From that day on, we will promote and distribute these works globally, translated into different languages, and we will participate in forums to raise awareness or shed some light on the 15M movement.

The project itself will be an experiment on the collective creation, and we will try to implement some principles of free culture within this process. As a creative approach, we will also try to adapt techniques used in the free software development processes and the whole experience will be accurately documented. To make this project possible, we need the cooperation of the community. We will set up two-way communication channels to get feedback and to keep the creation of these works rolling.


Pablo Soto
(@PabloMP2P) is an entrepreneur and a developer. Considered one of the so-called «fathers of P2P», such as Justin Frankel (Gnutella) and Shawn Fanning (Napster), Soto is a usual panelist at national and international forums and visiting professor at several universities.

Stéphane M. Grueso (@fanetin) is a filmmaker. Always interested in film and television, Grueso has developed his career in Spain and Germany. His latest film is «¡Copiad, malditos!» is a documentary on intellectual property, copyleft and free culture.

Patricia Horrillo (@PatriHorrillo) is a journalist. Passionate about communication and social networks, Horrillo has a multidisciplinary background with experience in marketing, design and local journalism. As a freelance journalist, she is working with different online media outlets.


  • Feel free to contact us via email for further information: contact@15M.cc.
  • Follow us in Twitter @15M_cc and Facebook http://cos.as/154.
  • We have an office in Madrid and you can also reach us by phone at [+34] 910 059 045.

NOTA: Neither the 15M.cc project nor their authors do belong or are related in any way to Creative Commons or Creative Commons España. We only do use their licenses.  


  fanetin   Oct 18, 2011   Blog, English, Personal   0 Comment Read More

www.copiadmalditos.net <-- on line!

The web that belongs to the documentary ‘Copyright, or the right to copy’ is already on line.

At www.copiadmalditos.net you can find all the extra content that belongs to the project (currently only in Spanish):

– full interviews
– information about the project
– pictures and frame captures of the documentary
– original music composed for the movie
– “killed darlings”, sequences that we cutted from the final editing
– videos, “¿What does ‘copy’ mean to you?”
– blog with the latest news about the project.

Currently, and till TVE broadcasts the film, the documentary is NOT available in the web. Once shown by the TV station we will put it online so everyone can watch it, download and copy it, after its Creative Commons license. There is an english version of the documentary available.

All other materials have the same license nd can be downloaded fronm the website or archive.org.

Here are a couple of screen captures of the web:

  fanetin   Mar 31, 2011   Blog, English   0 Comment Read More

SHIPWRECK got three prices in Cuba

I am happy to announce that our documentary film SHIPWRECK, directed by Javier Gómez Serrano and produced by me won three awards in the “Santiago Alvarez in Memoriam International Film Festival” held in Santiago de Cuba a couple of days ago.


We got these prices:

– Third Prize of the Documentary Film Jury
– Best Photography
– Best Sound Design

Here you can find more infos on the film.

Here you can watch the film.

  fanetin   Mar 18, 2011   Blog, English   0 Comment Read More