“Degrowth“ can be understood as “a form of society and economy which aims at the well-being of all and sustains the natural basis of life. To achieve degrowth, we need a fundamental transformation of our lives and an extensive cultural change. The current economic and social paradigm is “faster, higher, further“. It is built on and stimulates competition between all humans. This causes acceleration, stress and exclusion. Our economy destroys the natural basis of life. We are convinced that the common values of a degrowth society should be care, solidarity and cooperation. Humanity has to understand itself as part of the planetary ecological system. Only this way, a self-determined life in dignity for all can be made possible.” (Source: https://www.degrowth.info/en/what-is-degrowth/)
In 2020, two Degrowth Conferences will take place:
– The 7th International Degrowth Conference in Manchester, titled “Building Alternative Livelihoods in times of ecological and political crisis” (1-5 September 2020). More information about the calls for participation, the deadlines, the registration, and the programmes will follow.
> Preceding the international conference in Manchester, a thematic conference titled “Degrowth Vienna 2020: Strategies for Social-Ecological Transformation” (May 29 to June 1, 2020), with a focus on strategies and new ways for social change in cooperation with scientists and civil society actors. You can find out more about the conference here.
The conferences are open to all disciplines and backgrounds, scholars, practitioners, activists, artists, etc. – and of course, designers. Since the economy is an important object to ‘redesign’, these get-togethers could offer valuable insights and new perspectives.