[International Conference] Degrowth Conference, 21-25 August (Malmö, Sweden)

The 6th International Degrowth Conference for ecological sustainability and social equity will take place in Malmö, Sweden 21-25 August 2018, with two twin conferences taking place the same year – in Mexico City, Mexico (4-6 September 2018) and at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium (18-19 September 2018). Our ambition is that the inclusion of a range of social, cultural and activist events draws in members of the community and stimulates a fruitful public debate.

This conference is inspired by principles of care, mutual aid and democratic decision-making. We aim to live and share dreams and practices of different worlds both happening and possible over these few days and invite you to be part of it!

The image below visualises the provisional conference concept. To make it come true, we welcome submissions of three types (academic, activist and artist), as outlined in the calls for participation.

Original Source: https://malmo.degrowth.org/conference-concept

[International Conference] Post-Growth Conference, 18-19 September (Brussels, Belgium)

Post-Growth 2018 Conference is a multi-stakeholder gathering organized by ten Members of the European Parliament representing six political groups: Philippe Lamberts, Florent Marcellesi and Molly Scott-Cato (Greens/EFA), Alojz Peterle (EPP), Fabio Castaldo and Dario Tamburrano (EFDD), Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy (ALDE), Marisa Matias (GUE) and Guillaume Balas (S&D). Our key aim is to re-think future policies and discuss alternatives respecting the environment, human rights and viable economic development.

Original Source: https://www.postgrowth2018.eu

“Chasing GDP growth results in lower living standards. Better indicators are needed to capture well-being and sustainability” – Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate in economics 2001

“It is possible to alter these growth trends and to establish a condition of ecological and economic stability. The state of global equilibrium could be designed so that the basic material needs of each person on earth are satisfied and each person has an equal opportunity to realize his individual human potential.” – The Limits of Growth report (1972), Club of Rome

[Call for Papers] Rethinking Money, Rebuilding Communities: A Multidimensional Analysis of Crypto and Complementary Currencies

CALL FOR PAPER, PACO 13(1): 2020

PARTECIPAZIONE E CONFLITTO,  issue 1, 2020

Call for paper for the Special issue on:

“Rethinking Money, Rebuilding Communities. A Multidimensional Analysis of Crypto and Complementary Currencies”.

Guest Editors:

Marco Fama, Università della Calabria, Università di Bergamo

Ricardo Orzi, Universidad Nacional de Luján, Argentina

Stefano Lucarelli, Università di Bergamo, CNRS Paris

Call for Papers:

The overall goal of this special issue is to stimulate the debate on the experiences of monetary innovation emerged after the 2007 financial crisis, exploring in depth their multiple social, economic and political dimensions.

In particular, the special issue aims to provide a theoretical interpretation and an empirical survey of Crypto Currencies and Complementary Currencies, understood as innovative social technologies that have the potential of charging social and economic relations of new meanings, enabling the pursuit of a set of collectively defined goals which the exclusive circulation of official money could not achieve.

We assume that, in the current context of economic and environmental crises, social innovations in the monetary field could play a fundamental role in building connections among communities and in triggering virtuous mechanisms of wealth creation and distribution that better respond to local needs. However, ongoing experiments are still too marginal and its concrete effects largely uninvestigated.

Complementary Currencies are generally portrayed as tools able to enhance the resilience of local communities, strengthening exchanges, trust and cooperation among its users. However, there still is little empirical evidence on its socio-economic impact, also due to the persistence of unsolved methodological controversies. In any case, evaluation models should not be limited to the identification of quantitative variables and indicators, but attempt to bring to light the multiple social and political implications of the phenomenon.

Crypto Currencies are a different, and in many aspects more controversial, phenomenon. However, its underlying technologies have opened new interesting possibilities that are now being explored also in more socially-oriented experiences which call for attention.

In both cases, focusing on the strictly intertwined social, economic and symbolic dimensions of the ongoing experiments is fundamental to gain insight and to provide helpful recommendations for practitioners and policy makers.

This special issues aims to nourish the academic and public debate on monetary innovations with rigorous analysis based on an interdisciplinary approach, integrating sociological, political and economic perspectives. It welcomes papers that investigate the socio-economic impact of Crypto Currencies and Complementary Currencies, exploring their limits and potentialities, as well as the underlying participation processes, possible conflicts and contradictions.

Articles, employing different theoretical, empirical and methodological approaches, should explore one or more of the following thematic areas:

  • analysis on the nexus between money and social behaviour, focusing on whether and how this relationship is redefined in alternative monetary circuits;
  • epistemological and methodological reflections on evaluation procedures of Complementary and Crypto Currencies;
  • case study analysis with a particular focus on participation processes, subjectivities involved and the political and symbolic dimensions;
  • evaluation of experiences of monetary innovation and their impact on trust, social capital and local development;
  • identification of best practices and analysis of the possible role of institutions in supporting experiences of monetary innovations.

Timeline:

Articles, written in English, should be submitted to the editors according to the following schedule:

–  Submission of long abstracts (about 1,000 words): 15th of April 2019

–  Selection of long abstracts: 10th of May 2019

–  Submission of full articles: 27th of August 2019

–  Provision of peer review feedback: 15th of October 2019 June 2019

–  Submission of revised drafts: 30th of January 2020

–  Publication of the issue: 15th of March 2020

Articles should be no longer than 10,000 words, including notes and references. A maximum of 10 articles will be published.

Please refer to the editorial guidelines available at:

http://siba-ese.unisalento.it/index.php/paco/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions

Please address any queries to the Editors – Proposals and papers have to be sent to the guest editors:

marco.fama@unibg.it

ricardoorzi@gmail.com

stefano.lucarelli@unibg.it

Original Source: http://siba-ese.unisalento.it/index.php/paco/announcement/view/86

[International Conference] North-South Conference on Degrowth-Decrescimiento, 3-7 September (México City, Mexico)

CALL OF The 2018 North South Conference on Degrowth-Descrecimiento, Mexico City
(Primera Conferencia Norte-Sur de Degrowth-Descrecimiento, Ciudad de México 2018)

We call on representatives of the global North and South: of first peoples/indigenous peoples, miners, peasants, workers, employees, technicians, sanitary workers, diverse artists, poets, writers, intellectuals, musicians, singers, artisans, professors, lawyers, physicians, architects, engineers, geologists, astronomers, chemists, dentists, veterinarians, anthropologists, geographers, historians, sociologists, psychologists, economists, philologists, philosophers, communication theorists, programmers, scientists, art critics, theologians, thinkers, humanists, pacifists, indigenists, feminists, ecologists, animal liberation advocates, cooperative members, unionists, peasantist, anarchists, socialists, mutualists, communists, zapatistas, activists of diverse social causes and citizens, shamans, nuns and monks, practitioners of Zen Buddhism, Yoga, Sufism, esoterics, priests, rabbis, imams, cult ministers, secularists, pastors, bishops; social movements, networks and organizations: indigenous, ejido members, common folk, urban collectives, neighborhood, regional or state groups, representatives of civil society from: cooperatives, unions, civil associations, chambers, institutes, colleges, foundations, non-governmental organizations; to researchers and academics in general, traders/merchants, small and medium businesspeople, municipal and state authorities; legislators, judges and state magistrates; federal deputies and senators, federal officials, to participate in the 2018 North South Conference on Degrowth-Descrecimiento, Mexico City that will take place between the 3rd and 7th of September, 2018 in Mexico City, location to be announced. The conference will run from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. each day.

The conference slogan is the “decolonization of the social imaginary”; the thematic axes are: survival, culture and wealth; and the cross-cutting/transversal axes are: degrowth in the North and South, connection between local and global action, links and connections between degrowth and related movements, convivial science and technology, individuals, groups, communities and institutions that are making change and taking action globally now.

The conference will be structured with time for plenaries, parallel sessions and art, lunch, conviviality and getting around. The plenaries will open and close the day and will be dedicated to debating the thematic axis of the day, with interventions from national and international conference speakers. The parallel sessions will take place twice during the day: before and after lunch, with interventions by presenters of the special sessions and the normal sessions whose abstracts have been approved by the reviewers and the executive commission; the art will be present at the beginning of the plenaries and in the amenities at the end of the day; the lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m.; the amenities and changes of place will take place at the end of the plenaries and after the second time dedicated to parallel sessions.

On the webpage https://degrowth.descrecimiento.org, the following will be published: the thematic and cross-cutting/transversal axes; the sub-themes; what we understand by degrowth; why in Mexico; the call to present special sessions and/or individual presentations; the principles, objectives and purpose; the organizing committee, the scientific-cultural committee, the executive commission; the endorsements of and alliances with other conferences; the conference plenary speakers; the updated outlines of the program and, next July, the final program; news about the conference; publications related to degrowth-descrecimiento; and different quotas, assisted registration and organizers.

Programme

Original Source: https://degrowth.descrecimiento.org

[Call for Papers] Money in the 21st Century: Digital Exchange, Extra-State Currencies, and the Relational Character of Money

Guest editorHernán Borisonik (researcher, National Scientific and Technical Research Council, CONICET)

Submission deadline: 1 December 2018

To be published in: issue 24 (July 2019)

Author guidelines: https://digithum.uoc.edu/about/submissions/

 

About the journal

Digithum is an open-access scientific e-journal published by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia). The main focus of this journal is the relational perspective on the analysis of our subjective experiences, our social bonds and our cultural heritage.

This journal is indexed in the sector’s leading scientific journal impact and assessment databases like SCOPUS (Elsevier), SJR, ESCI (Clarivate), and more.

About guest editor

Political scientist and PhD graduate in social science from the University of Buenos Aires, where he lectures in political theory at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is a researcher for the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (Conicet) and the Gino Germani Research Institute (IIGG). He directs and participates in diverse investigative projects related to political theory and philosophy. He also collaborates with artists. He has published and co-edited different academic volumes and is the author of the books “Dinero sagrado. Política, economía y sacralidad en Aristóteles” (Sacred Money. Politics, economy and sacredness in Aristotle) [2013] and “Soporte. El uso del dinero como material en las artes visuales” (Support. Money as Material in Visual Arts) [2017].

Subject area

Scholars are invited to submit manuscripts for possible inclusion in Digithum. All manuscripts will be subject to peer review, with timely feedback provided to authors.

Articles should focus on the social consequences of new forms of exchange, especially in digital contexts in which the boundaries of states tend to become ill-defined and porous. How do crypto currencies are influencing or will influence societies? What does the use of new forms of non-state exchange (apps, messengers) imply at the level of social relations?

Especially welcomed will be those contributions that focus upon:

New cultural phenomena related to digital economic exchange (blockchain, decentralized and/or peer-to-peer transactions, anonymous trading).

Extra-State Money (brand-based money, banks or corporations currencies).

New forms of exchanging money in low-income societies, and the interactions that this entails (mobile payments or banking, etc.).

Socialization and sociability in digital contexts of monetary exchange.

Financial market autonomization or automatization.

Forms of local currencies in relation to the general (globalized) economic context.

Submission and publication guidelines

Articles should not exceed 8000 words and must contain the following information:

  • Title
  • Abstract (200 words) with the essential features and results of the work
  • Keywords (4 to 6)
  • The body of the text, structured into sections and sub-sections
  • Bibliography
  • Author details (name and surname, professional affiliation, professional postal address, electronic address)
  • Brief CV (100-200 words) and photograph

Articles can be written in Catalan, English or Spanish.

Check Submission process to send your paper.

For any technical issues, please send a message to: publicacions@uoc.edu

Original source: https://digithum.uoc.edu/about/call-for-papers-july-19/

[International Roundtable] Cooperation for Open-Source ICT development for Solidarity Economy and Community Currency Systems

Call for an International Roundtable: Cooperation for Open-Source ICT development for Solidarity Economy and Community Currency Systems.

The more Solidarity Economy is growing the more is the need of ICT tools to support it. Platforms to manage a new economy, new monetary and financial structures, which reflect a new way of living are urgently necessary. In the last decades, several tools have been developed, but the fast evolution of technology requires an increasingly expensive cost of maintenance and start-up. A new wave of technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain, will increasingly change the digital world and its impact on reality. We think this will be a big opportunity to enhance the resilience and the self-reliance of communities, starting from considering the following Social Innovations which are able to re-shape the world into a fairer place:

First Roundtable. Local Food and Small-scale Retail Channel Networks.

– Co-production,

– Community Supported Agriculture,

– Cooperative Agriculture and Farmer Networks,

– Small-scale Retail Channel,

– Local Marketplaces,

– Platform for Purchasing Groups,

– Community Privacy Data Protection.

Second Roundtable. Social and Community Currency Systems.

– Crowdfunding Campaigns and Community Investments (e.g. reward-based, equity-based, donation-based),

– Mutual Credit and Time-banking Systems,

– Reward-based Currency Scheme for Social Projects.

The Festival

The Roundtable is hosted by FESTA DELL’ALTRA VELOCITÀ, for more information please click here.

When: from 29/06/2018 to 1/07/2018

Where: c/o ASD Avigliana Calcio, Via Oronte Nota 3, 10051 Avigliana (TO)

An entire event dedicated to the growing sector of Solidarity Economy: presentations of projects, conferences, debates, and roundtables. We wait for you at Avigliana, in Val di Susa, from 29 June to 1 July 2018!

> REGISTRATION <

All the developers are invited to introduce himself or herself and present his or her projects during the first session of each roundtable.  Send your application at teodoro.criscione(at)dr.com by the 3rd of June 2018. For any question do not hesitate to contact us at the same mail address.

 

[ Online Course ] – The first Community Currency Design Course is online

We are honored to announce that the first Community Currency Design Course is now available for free on the Grassroots Economics website. The quality of the course is surely granted by the extraordinary experience and knowledge of Dr. William O. Ruddick and his staff behind the Grassroots Economics organization. The course is divided into 5 modules, each one dedicated to a specific topic. Mainly addressed to practitioners, the goal is to understand how to set up and design a community currency project. [ 1 ]

Click here to start the MOOC

Background

On May 2010, Dr. William O. Ruddick introduced Eco-Pesa to three informal settlements inside Kongowea Location in Mombasa County, namely: Kisimu Ndogo, Shauri Yako, and Mnazi Mmoja. Later he founded Grassroots Economics Foundation and in 2013 developed the Bangla-Pesa model based on the results of Eco-Pesa, in the informal settlement of Bangladesh, Kenya.

A 50 Bangla-Pesa note

Other currencies in Kenya that follow the Bangla-Pesa model include Gatina-Pesa in Kawangware, Kangemi-Pesa in Kangemi, Lindi-Pesa in Kibera, Ng’ombeni-Pesa in Mikindani. K’Mali in Kokstad South Africa, as well as Berg-Rand or BRAND in Bergrivier South Africa, also follow a similar model. [ 2 ]

All local currencies that emerged after the Eco-Pesa in Kenya (six in 2017) experience are now grouped under the label Sarafu-Credit, but they originally were issued under the supervision of an association named Koru Kenya, which does no longer exist. In 2017, six communities are currently using Sarafu-Credit in Kenya totaling over 1200 users. The system is the same in all of them, though each community uses its own version of Sarafu-Credit, giving it a unique name depending on the local toponyms, and managing it independently. [ 3 ]

About the author

Dr. William O. Ruddick is a development economist focusing on East Africa. After completing graduate school researching high energy physics as a collaboration member at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, he found his analysis skills and passion drawn to alternative economics and development. Since 2008 Will has lived in East Africa and managed several successful development programs in environment, food security and economic development. He is dedicated to connecting communities to their own abundance, and is an advocate for, and designer of, Complementary Currencies for poverty eradication and sustainable development. Dr. William O. Ruddick has pioneered Community Currency Programs in Kenya since 2010 and is the founder of the award-winning Bangla-Pesa program. He consults on Community Currencies worldwide and while researching with the University of Cape Town’s Environmental Economics Policy Research Unit. Dr. William O. Ruddick is also an associate scholar with the University of Cumbria’s Institute for Leadership and Sustainability. [ 4 ]

Sources

[ 1 ] https://www.grassrootseconomics.org/mooc

[ 2 ] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco-Pesa

[ 3 ] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarafu-Credit

[ 4 ] Dr. William O. Ruddick Linkedin Profile

 

[PhD Offer] Multidisciplinary PhD in Currency Innovation

IFLAS has been researching and teaching on local currencies, crypto currencies and blockchain since 2014 when our University became the first public University in the world to accept bitcoin. Since then we have always had Ph.D. students studying this area, taking a multidisciplinary approach, drawing upon social theory to explore the implications for the public of a multicurrency future.

We are now seeking new applications for Ph.D. research in this field, to start October 1st 2018. The opportunity is suited to people who work on this topic and could do a Ph.D. part-time over 4 or 5 years. They would work alongside a full-time Ph.D. student who works with the new Lake District Pound, and with Professor Jem Bendell as their supervisor. Most supervision is provided remotely, and so the number of visits to campus during the programme can be negotiated (the July 2019 summer school is obligatory).

There is no funding, but the fees for part-time students with UK or EU residency are very competitive (under 2000GBP a year).

If you already have a Masters degree and are interested, please write one page about your idea for your research and your motivation, and send it before May 10th to Professor Jem Bendell (email: jem(dot)cumbria(at)cumbria(dot)ac(dot)uk). If your idea is relevant, then you will hear within a week of initial contact and be invited to submit a formal application before the end of May to enable an October 1st start.

More information on our Institute is available at www.iflas.info

More information on our views on blockchain and crypto is here.

Our latest peer-reviewed paper on the topic, from Prof Bendell, is here.

Our international engagement on this topic is via Prof Bendell chairing the organizing committee of a UN event on blockchain. Information here.

Source: http://iflas.blogspot.it/2018/04/multidisciplinary-phd-in-currency.html

[Call for EU COST Proposal – AnDroMeDA Project] Assessment of Distributed Ledger Technology for Multi-Domain services Adoption: Hoax or Opportunity?

The Main Proposer Dr. Antonio Carnevale opens to RAMICS members for collaboration on AnDroMeDA project. The project is focused on Distributed Ledger Technologies and their applications, also for community development and monetary innovation. The proposal has been already submitted as EU COST project, but it is possible to contact Dr. Andrea Carnevale to be involved in it.

The aims of AnDroMeDA are (1) providing a map of the concepts and outlining a multidisciplinary vocabulary of DLTs  (Distributed Ledger Technologies) use; (2) stimulating and coordinating more specific research projects to compare current knowledge and real experiences about how DLTs can really find applications in different societal and strategic fields; (3) developing a pan-European network that can help Early Career Investigators (ECI) to grow up; (4) to release disseminative materials that synthetically illustrate criticalities and opportunities of DLTs.

Ledgers have been at the heart of commerce since ancient times. However, in all this time the only notable innovation has been computerization, which initially was simply a transfer from paper to bytes. Now, for the first time, Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) enables the collaborative creation of digital ledgers with properties and capabilities that go far beyond traditional paper-based ledgers. Their tangible innovative character is that DLTs can operate smoothly and securely without the need of being controlled and administered by a central or third party. This makes DLT a potentially radical change in the future mentality and methods that lead both the governance and management of techno-science and the participation of people in decision-making processes. It is evident that, according to these premises, DLTs have been rapidly elected as the object of controversial debates: are they a real opportunity or only a promise?

For more information, please contact Dr. Antonio Carnevale at alephkaf@gmail.com.

[International Conference] The Variety of Exchange and the Character of Money

17 & 18 May 2018

Ecole normale supérieure
salle Dussane

Organiser : Kuroda, Akinobu (U of Tokyo) in cooperation with Georges Depeyrot (CNRS/ENS, Paris)
Funded by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (project No 26285073)

Programme

17 May

13:00-15:00

  • Kuroda, Akinobu (U of Tokyo)
    The Aims of the Workshop
  • Bruno Théret (Université Paris Dauphine)
    Exchange and debt. Discussing Kuroda’s quadrangle in light of current discussions around debt-money versus fiat money
  • Georgina Gomez (IISS)
    The institutionalization of currency circuits (case of Argentina)
  • Jérôme Blanc (Lyon 2)
    Money and interdependencies : a structural view

16:00-17:30

  • Ekaterina Svirina (Higher School of Economics, National Research University)
    Variety of money in Siberia in the 18-19th century
  • Jürgen Nautz (Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences)
    Money and national identity in Austria-Hungary

 

18 May

9:30-11:00

  • Leigh Gardner (LSE)
    The gold standard in Africa : Monetary dimensions of interwar imperialism
  • Karin Pallaver (U of Bologna)
    Disconnected currencies : cents and rupees in early colonial British East Africa

11:15-1300

  • Craig Muldrew (U of Cambridge)
    Tracking the rise in the use of paper instruments of currency in London c.1700-1800
  • Kuroda, Akinobu (U of Tokyo)
    Strategic peasants, multiple markets, and Complementary currencies
  • Georges Depeyrot (CNRS/ENS)
    Concluding Remarks

Source: http://www.ens.fr/agenda/variety-exchange-and-character-money/2018-05-17t110000