[International Conference] Social Solidarity Economy & the Commons, 21-23 November (Lisbon, Portugal)

Social Solidarity Economy and the Commons: Envisioning sustainable and post-capitalist futures

In response to the current global social and environmental crisis, various social movements are developing alternatives to the socio-economic status quo by mobilizing endogenous practices, institutions and resources and networking among grassroots initiatives. Within these movements stands out Solidary Social Economy and the Commons. This international and interdisciplinary conference, guided by an action research strategy, aims to respond to challenges that have arisen from recent research on forms of shared governance between the state, the market and the third sector, promoted by movements and public policies for the Social Solidarity Economy, as well as criticisms made by some authors.

  • How to promote a strong sense of community belonging while preventing the emergence of totalizing visions, ensuring pluralism and promoting democratic deepening?
  • How to promote shared governance strategies between the state, the market and the third sector in which participants can autonomously construct themselves as economic and political subjects?
  • How to promote organizations based on the constitution and / or management of Common Goods (Integral Cooperatives, Ecovillages, associations of users and / or producers, etc.) based on fair, inclusive and participative forms of governance, and integrated into grassroots socioeconomic dynamics?

The purpose of this event is to promote an inter-sectoral dialogue on this topic at the international level.

Programme

Location

Further information at the original website: https://ssecommons.cei.iscte-iul.pt/location/

[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

[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

[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.

 

[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

[Workshop] LabEx ReFi, Columbia University, Alliance : The End of Cash

The end of cash

PRÉSENTATION

Sovereign currencies are being undermined by digital tokens, local currencies and exchange systems, while cashless payment systems are flourishing in emerging countries. Is it to say that the state is losing its monetary authority on the economy? Or shall we say that these new developments are just means to finance projects? The workshop will introduce theoretical points of view on multiple-currency economics, review innovative solutions and regulatory initiative.

PROVISIONAL PROGRAM

Thursday 26th and Friday 27th April


Thursday 26th – Time: 2 pm – Venue: 407 Low Library


1. Intro & statement of problems (2-3 pm)
a. General intro (PCP)
b. Banking, money and credit: A systemic perspective (YB)

2. Digital currencies – a challenge to public authority? (3-4:30 pm)
a. Would complementary currencies eventually submerge cash (Jérôme Blanc)?
b. When local currencies go global (Arthur Breitman)?
c. The end of privacy? (Brett Scott)
d. Legal challenges of virtual currencies (Anastasia Sotiropoulou)


Friday 27th  – Time: 8:30 am – Faculty House, Garden Room 1.


3. Alt currencies implemented

a. Panel 1 – New payment systems in the emerging world (8:30-10)
i. Prepaid payment systems in Africa (Akil Amiraly)
ii. Payment Systems Role in Financial Inclusion, Government Policy and Effect on Developing Nations: Evidence from Kenya and Rwanda (Frank Cotae)
iii. Governmental strategies in the Southern theatre of the global “war on cash” (Sally Brooks, Daniela Gabor, Philipp Mader)

Coffee break

b. Panel 2 – News from the Old World (10:30-12)
i. Preferences for non-cash payments in EZ (Mechtild Schrooten, Armin Varmaz)
ii. Non-cash remittances rely on blockchain (Fred Marcusa)
iii. What are Crypto worth? – an empirical survey (Pc Pradier)

Lunch

4. Payments systems of the future towards the future of payment systems (2-4 pm)
a. Financial education and the future of payment systems (Georges Ugeux, Columbia)
b. Do central banks favour competitive market solutions or centralization (Antoine Martin, Fed New York)
c. A cost-benefit analysis of generalizing intant payments (Rémi Steiner, CGE, France)
d. Digital base money in Europe (Andrea Pinna, DG market infrastructure and payment services, European Central Bank)

REGISTRATION

Source: http://www.labex-refi.com/event/workshop-labex-refi-eifr-risques-extremes-crises-cybermenaces-et-plans-de-continuite-dactivite-dans-le-milieu-financier/?instance_id=980