Event: Third international conference on degrowth for ecological sustainability and social equity
Date and Place: 19-23 September 2012, Venice, Italy (Europe)
Organizers: Associazione per la decrecita, Research & Degrowth, Spiazzi Verdi, Città di Venezia, Università Iuav di Venezia (IUAV), ARCI, Kuminda and Sesterzo
The Great Transition: Degrowth as a passage of civilization
Degrowth is today not only an invitation to abandon the obsession with growth and the collective imagination based on unlimited growth, but also the most comprehensive effort to deal with the major phase of discontinuity our civilization is facing. Issues as climate change and ecological crisis, the struggle for social and environmental justice, the looting of resources, peak oil and energy crisis, all accompanied by the growing dependence on technology and a huge crisis of social ties remind us the vastness of the challenge that awaits us. We are asked nothing less than to begin a journey of conversion and transformation of material and cultural foundations of the so-called "developed" societies.
This path involves the re-signification of the very idea of welfare or well-living, the reconstruction on a basis of justice and interdependence of the "north-south" relationship and the redefinition of a pact of solidarity between generations. A change putting on our agenda topics and issues apparently very different – work, income, consumption, waste, energy, technology, mobility, education, citizenship – but actually inextricably linked.
A project of degrowth exempt from all reductionism, economic ecological or political, can be proposed only through comparison and discussion that pay attention to connections, interactions, transversal linking, with a strong cross-disciplinary look capable of holding together natural and social sciences. We will also pay particular attention to the different dimensions tied to the participation to the Conference and to conviviality, from travel arrangements to the sharing of food, from the time together to all forms of exchange.
The organizers have identified three key areas to which reports and speeches are invited to adhere to. By attributing a specific topic to each day, we aim to address discussion to make possible a coherent and organized confrontation. Thus, the first day will begin with an introduction that provides the framework of the debate, then each day will be devoted to a specific matter.
The three key areas are the following:
Commons: Degrowth and transition to fair and sustainable models of ownership, management, protection, sharing and enjoyment of goods and resources.
Work: Degrowth and transition to fair and creative models of production, work, social security and welfare beyond Post-Fordism, the logic of temporary employment and the welfare crisis.
Democracy: Degrowth and transition of democratic institutions to shared, decentralized, environmentally and inter-generationally responsible models.
The conference program, the registration form, and other useful information will be available on the website http://www.venezia2012.it/en/.
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