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 in October 2020 (postponed from initially April), 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 Hebert, Andreas 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.
More details on the conference topic from the website:
The aims of the social-ecological transformation are clear enough: keep global warming below 1.5°C; foster biodiversity, functioning ecosystems, soil fertility, care, commoning and democracy; and reduce the extinction of species, externalisation, exploitation, inequalities, injustice and alienation, etc. In other words, establish cultures and economies that provide the possibility of a good life for all humans and other living beings, worldwide, now and in the future. Connected radical niches, change from within bigger structures, making things public and protest, technological innovation, and other transformation strategies all have strong and weak points (see below). How can elements from diverse strategies complement each other to minimize risks and maximize the momentum for a profound and quick enough transformation? The conference will tackle these questions, specifically concentrating on transformation processes in which designers can play roles. In particular, we will look at what can be done within the European landscape, while taking into account the interconnectedness with humans and other living things from other geopolitical regions, globally.
More info on registration etc. follows here. See you there!