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BY DESIGN OR BY DISASTER 2020 in Bolzano

The focus of the 2020 edition of the yearly conference organised by the MA study program Eco-Social Design at the Free University of Bolzano will be ‘Cross-cutting Strategies’. The conference is taking place between 2-5 April 2020, and there will be an exciting list of guests contributing to the talks and workshops taking place, such as I.L.A. Kollektiv on pathways to solidary post-growth, Armin Bernhard (Obervinschgau/ Mals) & Carolin Holtkamp (Uni Innsbruck) on the strategies for radical change in Mals / Obervinschgau, Saskia HebertAndreas Unteidig and/or Corinna Sy on transformation by design, Extinction Rebellion (Sina Kamala Kaufmann) and/or SolidariTree on protest and progress strategies, the local FFF and Scientists for Future, the Center for Political Beauty or Peng! Collective on political art tools and strategies, Bruno Latour, Harald Welzer or Maja Göpel on transformation theories and strategies and Anna Meroni. Continue reading

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‘Questioning the Creative City’ in Newcastle

“Questioning the Creative City is a two-day event bringing together artists, researchers and grassroots innovators to debate the role of creative practice and innovation in the life of cities beyond the current obsession with market-oriented growth strategies. How do creative practitioners and grassroots social innovation see their contribution to the city? How can cities support and promote creative practice? Can we envision a city that values creativity for its own sake, rather than as a means to an economic end?” Continue reading

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Community Economies practice-exchange

In June 2019, Common(s)Lab was invited by the Rovereto-based design practice Brave New Alps to join a 5 days get-together of artists, designers and economic geographers working with community and diverse economies in their practices as researchers and creative practitioners. The event was organised by Bianca Elzenbaumer as part of her Marie Sklodowska-Curie research project she is currently developing in Bolzano, hosted by the EURAC Research centre. Continue reading

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9 months of Common{s}Lab

At the end of last year, we initiated a new project called Common{s}Lab in Schillerkiez, a neighbourhood in Berlin-Neukölln near Tempelhofer Feld. With this project, we aim to co-develop a platform for action and research around the urban commons, diverse economies, and sharing practices in neighbourhoods. Continue reading

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MOVE UTOPIA 2017 – Get-together of movements

End of June 2017, a 5-day gathering of alternative movements called MOVE UTOPIA took place for the first time on Kulturkosmos Müritz, a festival site in rural Eastern Germany. The main aim of the get-together is to join forces with each other in the struggle for similar goals: “a world according to needs and abilities” that leaves the current capitalist system and market logic behind.  Continue reading

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Review: Take Back the Economy

Take Back The Economy by J.K. Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron and Stephen Healy is a practical guide for the transition toward a postcapitalist society suited for amateurs, students, citizen, and activists alike. Through tools, tips, and examples from around the world, the book engages its reader in a very accessible way, dismantling the idea that the economy is separate from us and better left to experts. 

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