Program Overview

Subject to changes.

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Formats

Standard Session

Presentations have a frontal design and are limited to a 20 minutes time slot for presentation and discussion. Each session will contain 3-4 contributions.

Special Session (SP)

90 minutes sessions that are either book presentations or bring together a group of people to discuss and debate a specific topic, often through the presentation of different papers, but also in the form of a focused debate.

Workshop (WS)

Workshops have a participatory design and last 90 minutes.

Panel/Podium

The Panels are aimed to frame the content of the conference and therefore held in the big room with unlimited participants. They last 90 minutes and have slightly different formats but consist of panelist’s input, a panel discussion, interaction from the audience and a chosen moderator to guide the panel.

Consecutive Sessions (CS)

Consecutive Sessions include up to two 90-minute sessions within a specific thematic field of the host organization’s choice. The CS are used to bring together various scholars and practitioners of a thematic field, to exchange, discuss and further develop strategies.

Arts and Culture

The arts and culture program in the evening consists of film presentations and discussion as well as music.

Detailed Program

Times are CEST (Central European Summer Time, that is local Vienna time!)

All sessions and workshops fit up to 100 people unless indicated elsewise

FRIDAY, MAY 29TH - WANTED: STRATEGIES FOR DEGROWTH

[Panel discussion]
*Up to 5000 participants*

The Need for Degrowth – Time to Think about Strategies

This panel outlines the appropriateness of degrowth as an adequate response to the multiple crises and aims for a reflection on the necessity of degrowth to seriously consider the role of (and their analysis) of strategy. We will also discuss the contribution of this conference to degrowth’s consideration of strategy.

Facilitator: Laura Grossmann – Activist for climate justice, facilitator

Speakers:

  • Ulrich Brand
    Professor for International Politics, University of Vienna
  • Isaac ‘Asume’ Osuoka
    Social Action International
  • Susan Paulson
    Professor at Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida (USA)
  • Brototi Roy
    PhD student Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Degrowth India Initiative

Language: English with translation to German

[special session]
*Up to 5000 participants*

Via radical social reforms towards a counter-hegemony?

How could counter-hegemony become realistic, which is necessary for a democratic transition? Our thesis: We need a bundle of “non-reformist reforms” (Gorz) which tie on everyday social needs and problems (time pressure, fears of future or descent, deficient recognition etc.) and propose alternative ways of their satisfaction or solution. The chances and barriers of this strategy will be discussed and specified with regard to basic income, working time reduction and redistribution of wealth.

Presenters: Dr. Ulrich Schachtschneider (Basic Income Europe), Dr. Barbara Sennholz-Weinhard (Oxfam),Dr. Frank Adler (Sociologist), Jana Flemming (University of Jena), Dr. Ellen Ehmke (Oxfam)
Language: English with  translation to German


[special session]

Book launch: Degrowth in Movement(s)

Degrowth as an emerging social movement overlaps with radical activism for systemic change such as anti-globalization and climate justice, commons and transition towns, basic income and Buen Vivir. The book “Degrowth in Movement(s). Exploring Pathways for Transformation” (Zer0 books, June 2020) reflects on the current situation of social movements and their relationship to degrowth. In this book launch, we present the book and critically discuss its key results with 2 authors and a commentator.

Presenters: Nina Treu (Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie), Matthias Schmelzer (Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie / University of Jena), Tadzio Müller (Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation), Julianna Fehlinger (ÖBV / Via Campesina Austria), Brototi Roy (tbc) (Research & Degrowth / Degrowth India)
Language: English with translation to German


[workshop]

Seeds for Degrowth Futures: Transformation Strategies

In this workshop, participants will work with the following questions mainly in small groups: What do you see as “seeds” for degrowth futures? What are possible positive & negative consequences if these seeds became mainstream? What key strategies can we bring forward? It aims to give input into the conference themes, as well as critical reflection on complexities & uncertainties in working towards degrowth transformation.

Presenters: Sachiko Ishihara (Uppsala University), Nicholas Fitzpatrick (Uppsala University), Laila Mendy (Uppsala University), Aaron Tuckey (Uppsala University)
max. number of participants: 30
Language: English


[workshop]

Agrowth, Degrowth, Postwachstum…Was!? Eine Einführung

In diesem Einführungsworkshop machen wir uns mit den Steigerungszwängen der kapitalistischen Gesellschaftsordnung und dem Denken von wachstumskritischen Ansätzen vertraut. Was sind die Ursprünge, Eigenheiten und Ziele der verschiedenen Strömungen? Dabei schauen wir auf Gefahren und Potentiale der verschiedenen Perspektiven für einen emanzipatorischen Wandel zum Guten Leben für Alle! Letztlich stellt sich uns dann die Frage: Lässt sich mit diesen Debatten was bewegen? Und wenn ja, was?

Presenters: Maria Paulitsch (Radix Kollektiv für transformative Bildung), Sven-David Pfau (Radix Kollektiv für transformative Bildung)
Language: German
Max. number of participants: 25


[workshop]

Beyond Crisis

“How to use the virus-induced situation to build up momentum for social-ecological transformation?” was the questions of the conference BEYOND CRISIS, 17-18 April 2020, organised at the MA Eco-Social Design, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, https://designdisaster.unibz.it/conference-beyond-corona-and-capitalism-17-18-april-2020/. The online conference was a “social un-distancing-experience“ a vibrant, empowering and productive coming together – not only as a set of interesting topics and talks. From the 23 workshops, ongoing working groups emerged. We will first share our experience in designing and organising such a lively online conference. Second, we will provide an overview of the topics and outcomes. Third, we will offer a workshop with the ongoing working groups “The Diverse Economies Resource Fund” and “The Alliances Enabling Group”. We attempt to share our knowledge and tools, to build upon it together and to extend our network of transformation engaged actors.

Presenters: Kris Krois (MA Eco-Social Design, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano), Alastair Fuad-Like (MA Eco-Social Design, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano), Jennifer Schubert (MA Eco-Social Design, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano), Secil Ugur (MA Eco-Social Design, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano), Corinna Sy (Cucula), Bianca Elzenbaumer (Brave New Alps / Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at Eurac Research), Milena Blandon (MA Transformation Studies, University of Flensburg), Flora Mammana (La Foresta / MA Transformationdesign, HbK Braunschweig)
max. number of participants: 30
Language: English

[special session]
*Up to 5000 participants*

The strategic horizons of climate/environmental justice movements

Our session aims at reflecting on the way climate/environmental justice movements are delineating a strategic horizon for a social-ecological transformation and how a fertile dialogue with theories on the state, political ecology, and radical reformism can enhance our understanding of these strategic horizons in the current conjuncture.

Presenters: Christoph Görg (Institute of Social Ecology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna), Emanuele Leonardi (University of Parma), Luigi Pellizzoni (University of Pisa), Paola Laini (Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development, Vienna University of Economics and Business)
Language: English with German translation


[workshop]

Orientierung in der Coronakrise: Mapping von Degrowth-Strategien

Die großen Umbrüche in und nach der Coronakrise stellen Degrowth-Bewegungen vor neue Herausforderungen. Einerseits müssen Errungenschaft verteidigt werden, andererseits eröffnen sich neue Spielräume für emanzipatorische Politik. Wir vom ILA-Kollektiv wollen diskutieren, welche Perspektiven für sozial-ökologische Transformation sich in diesen Zeiten eröffnen. In einem kollektiven Mapping begeben wir uns gemeinsam auf die Suche nach Interventionsfeldern und erfolgsversprechenden Strategien von Degrowth-Bewegung(en).

Presenters: Tobias Kalt (ILA Kollektiv), Anton Brokow-Loga (ILA Kollektiv), Jonas Lage (ILA Kollektiv)
Language: Deutsch
max. number of participants: 30


[workshop]

Unleashing Fantasy for Transformation-Spekulation als Methode

Wir packen unseren Degrowth-Koffer und nehmen mit: Essays und spekulative Fiktion von Ursula K. Le Guin! Damit gehen wir auf (Traum-)Reise in Richtung Postwachstum. Unterwegs suchen wir nach Partner*innen, Geschichten, Strategien und Werkzeugen für die Große Transformation. Finden wir einen gemeinsamen „guten” Weg – demokratisch, solidarisch, feministisch und suffizient? Und was können wir aus der derzeitigen Krise dafür lernen?

Presenters: Corinna Dengler (Universität Vechta), Jana Gebauer (Die Wirtschaft der Anderen), Luzie Scheinpflug (Universität Bayreuth), Florian Döhle (Universität Bayreuth)
To join this session please write an e-mail to corinna.dengler@uni-vechta.de

Language: Deutsch
max. number of participants: 20


[consecutive session]

Reflecting the alter-globalisation movement with the Movement Action Plan – Part 1

The current neoliberal world trade and investment regime is permeated by highly asymmetrical power relations. Dominated by corporations and countries of the Global North, it is pumping flows of goods around the globe at an ever faster rate, bringing our world to the brink of collapse. After 20 years of organisation and resistance, it is time to take stock: What’s the current state of the alter-globalization movement, are our strategies still working and in which directions should we go forward?

In this participatory workshop we will get an introduction to Bill Moyer’s Movement Action Plan and reflect on the state and potential pathways of this 20 year old movement.

Presenters: Attac Austria, Büro für Selbstorganisierung Wien
Language: English
max. number of participants: 30


[special session]

Book launch and discussion: Enacting community economies

The book “Enacting community economies within a welfare state” introduces several Finnish community economies. These cases are discussed from the perspective of their relations with the institutions of a welfare state. How could states support community economies or even learn from them? When would inaction from the part of the state be preferred? After the presentations of the editors of the book, participants are encouraged to join the discussion. Find the book here.

Presenters: Teppo Eskelinen (University of Jyväskylä), Juhana Venäläinen (University of Eastern Finland), Tuuli Hirvilammi (University of Tampere)
Language: English

[standard session]
* up to 5000 participants*

Limits, Ethics, Unsustainability and Change

Language: English with German translation

The Awesome Life: Why Degrowthers Need to Talk about the Feeling of Entropy
Critical views of consumerism are widely shared among degrowthers. However, there is a risk of overlooking a particular affective dimension of consumption: the ‘entropic feeling’. The latter is triggered when we surpass the biophysical limits of our human body and come to enjoy the pleasures of dense energy, e.g. when we drive cars or drink coffee. Taking a critical and re-constructive stance towards what we call the ‘awesome life’ might increase the affective and strategic capacity of degrowth.
Presenters: Michael Deflorian (Institute for Social Change and Sustainability, WU Vienna), Karoline Kalke  (Institute for Social Change and Sustainability, WU Vienna) Language: English with German translation

Connecting degrowth to Epicurean hedonism: pleasure as a political ethics of limits
The session will explore the relations between Epicurean hedonism and degrowth, showing how such connection has the potential to enrich and refine degrowth transformative proposal of a frugal society based on shared simple pleasures, relational goods and friendship, leisure, idleness and dépense.
Presenters: Roberto Sciarelli (Centre for Social Studies – University of Coimbra)  Language: English with German translation

Cosmologies of Growth and Degrowth
Growth cannot be unseated as a paramount goal without wrestling with its cosmological foundations, the way that fantasies of continuous expansion are woven into the narratives and myths that organize modern life. Drawing on anthropological fieldwork in India, I sketch an alternative cosmology of degrowth, one that roots the possibility of a livable future in the truth of impermanence. Decay is an essential principle of ecological livelihood, a way to cultivate awareness of our human finitude.
Presenters: Anand Pandian (Johns Hopkins University)   Language: English with German translation

Dépense as a degrowth strategy
This presentation will discuss the usefulness of both the concept and the practice of dépense for the degrowth project, and will make suggestions on how to frame proposals based on it for the purposes of informing a transition to a degrowth society.
Presenters: Oxana Lopatina (Autonomous University of Barcelona)   Language: English with German translation


[special session]

Capital – Nature – Health: the Eco-Socialist Perspective

A. Verena Kreilinger: How we can use global warming, pandemic and economic crisis as a common challenge.B. Florian Skelton and Hannah Borer: The eco-socialist alternative: organizing production and reproduction collectively as a rational metabolism with nature. C. Milo Probst and Christian Zeller: How we challenge state and capital with a eco-socialist strategy. Hannah, Florian and Milo are active in the Movement for Socialism. Verena and Christian are active in Departure for an Eco-Socialist Alternative.

Presenters: Hannah Borer (University of Zürich), Verena Kreilinger Milo Probst
(University of Basel), Florian Skelton (University of Zürich), Christian
Zeller (University of Salzburg)
Language: German with translation to English



[consecutive session]

Reflecting the alter-globalisation movement with the Movement Action Plan – Part 2

The current neoliberal world trade and investment regime is permeated by highly asymmetrical power relations. Dominated by corporations and countries of the Global North, it is pumping flows of goods around the globe at an ever faster rate, bringing our world to the brink of collapse. After 20 years of organisation and resistance, it is time to take stock: What’s the current state of the alter-globalization movement, are our strategies still working and in which directions should we go forward?

In this participatory workshop we will get an introduction to Bill Moyer’s Movement Action Plan and reflect on the state and potential pathways of this 20 year old movement.

Presenters: Attac Austria, Büro für Selbstorganisierung Wien
Language: English
max. number of participants: 30


[consecutive session]

Embodied exploration of Degrowth via systemic constellation, Part 1

This is Part 1 of a longer double session going until 18.30. Part 1 is mandatory to be able to join Part 2. We will do a systemic constellation to explore the role Degrowth movement strategies can play during the Corona crisis. After an explanation of the technicality and how the method works; we will simulate this complex system with real people representing important elements. Afterwards there will be time for a discussion about possible implications. More information (Link: www.raumzeit.team/DGV.pdf) about the workshop.

Presenters: Tim Lüschen (RaumZeit.team), Sebastian Jung (Como Consult GmbH), Dr. Nikolaus von Stillfried (RaumZeit.team)
Language: English
Max. number of participants: 30


[workshop]

Participatory system-mapping for Degrowth

System maps are a good visualization of mental constructions different groups hold on Degrowth. Based on our previous research results we propose 30 factors that we deem the most important in a Degrowth transition. In this workshop we involve the participants in a participatory system mapping exercise where they can arrange and rearrange the components of a potential Degrowth society to identify those factors where drastic intervention would have the most impact.

Presenters: Alexandra Köves (Corvinus University of Budapest)
Language: English
Max. number of participants: 30

[standard session]

*up to 5000 participants*

Theories of Transformation

Language: English with translation to German

Structure, Action and Change: A Bourdieusian Perspective on the Preconditions for a Degrowth transition
A deprioritization of economic growth in policy making in the rich countries will need to be part of a global effort to re-embed economy and society into planetary boundaries. However, societal support for a degrowth transition remains for the time being moderate, and it is not well understood as yet why this is the case. This paper argues that Pierre Bourdieu’s sociology can help theorize societal stability and transformational change as well as the preconditions for a degrowth transition.
Presenters: Max Koch (Lund University) 

Applying insights from transformation research for a strategy for the Degrowth movement
This paper applies insights from a review of research on social-ecological transformations, in particular a framework developed to bridge process-oriented and structural approaches, to the Degrowth Movement. It derives suggestions for a common strategy, while embracing the movement‘s diversity.
Presenters: Julia Tschersich (University of Oldenburg) 

Citizens’ Assemblies: A Lever for Political Change
In order to develop and implement socio-ecological (economic) policies the processes and structural conditions of representation in democracies today need to be rethought, re-imagined and changed. Citizens’ assemblies can help us to do just that, starting now.
Presenters: Mira Pütz (Sciences Po) Language: English

Anarchism and degrowth: two sides of the same coin
This paper will demonstrate why, when envisaging degrowth transitions and strategies for achieving them, it is essential to seriously engage with arguments concerning the limitations of the State in enacting radical systemic change, emanating from the long and fruitful history of anarchist thought.
Presenters: Andro Rilović (International Institute of Social Studies)


[workshop]

Sozial-ökologische Transformation: Mit wem – und gegen wen?

Wie lassen sich in mehrheitlich von ungerechten, nicht-nachhaltigen globalen Verhältnissen profitierenden Gesellschaften Mehrheiten für Degrowth finden? Mit Hilfe von Analysen einer Repräsentativbefragung von 2018 erarbeiten wir uns am deutschen Beispiel einen Überblick über die unterschiedlichen Einstellungsmuster zu sozial-ökologischen Fragen in der Bevölkerung: Wie könnten diese jeweils zu einer sozialökologischen Transformation beitragen, welche Widerstände lassen sie aber auch erwarten?

Presenters: Melissa Buettner (Uni Jena, Deutschland), Dennis Eversberg (BMBF-Nachwuchsgruppe flumen, Uni Jena, Deutschland)
Language: German


[workshop]

Online Theatre Workshop: Acceleration & Competition – Neoliberal Internalizations in our Heads

In this online theater workshop we want to explore how the paradigm of growth and other neoliberal ideologies shape our way of thinking, feeling, acting and our values. In order to understand these mechanism we will use interactive and physical methods out of the theater of oppressed and the aesthetics of the oppressed. No previous theater experience needed, lets create, play and reflect together in this (new) online space!

Presenters: Sophie Baumgartner (Theater of the Oppressed Vienna), Linda Raule (Theater of the Oppressed Vienna)
Language: English
max. number of participants: 30


[standard session]

Theories of Degrowth Practices

Social Work, Ecoanxiety, and Peer Pressure
Ecoanxiety is a significant component of the global climate crisis; yet it is mostly absent from collective understanding regarding the Grand Challenge to create social responses to the changing environment. Social work has an opportunity to employ positive peer pressure throughout the discipline to overcome ecoanxiety.
Presenters: Kelly Smith (University of Southern California) Language: English

Enacting (de)growth in research practices
In this session we explore how growth logics are embedded in research practices. Then, we critically discuss perspectives from Science and Technology Studies and from the Degrowth community on how to enable the practice and organisation of science that is required for socio-ecological transformations.
Presenters: Ruth Falkenberg (University of Vienna, Department of Science and Technology Studies; Research Platform Responsible Research and Innovation in Academic Practice), David Fox (University of Vienna, Department of Science and Technology Studies) Language: English


[consecutive session]

Embodied exploration of Degrowth via systemic constellation, Part 2

This is Part 2 of a longer double session starting at 15.15.. Part 1 is mandatory to be able to join Part 2. We will do a systemic constellation to explore the role Degrowth movement strategies can play during the Corona crisis. After an explanation of the technicality and how the method works; we will simulate this complex system with real people representing important elements. Afterwards there will be time for a discussion about possible implications. More information (Link: www.raumzeit.team/DGV.pdf) about the workshop.

Presenters: Tim Lüschen (RaumZeit.team), Sebastian Jung (Como Consult GmbH), Dr. Nikolaus von Stillfried (RaumZeit.team)
Language: English
Max. number of participants: 30

[Panel discussion]
*Up to 5000 participants*

Understanding transformations and the role of strategy

This panel will explore theories of social change and lessons from history of societal transformations to see what we can learn about strategies for transformation. The panel will serve as a general introduction to conceptual approaches in transformation research and provide a basis for the discussions in the rest of the conference. We will discuss mechanisms, triggers, and obstacles to successful change, and explore different approaches to understanding transformation.

Facilitator: Tone Smith – Degrowth activist, ecological economist and freelance writer

Speakers:

  • Miriam Lang
    Professor at Simón Bolívar University, Ecuador
  • Dennis Eversberg
    Researcher at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
  • Maro Pantazidou
    Deputy Director for Global Strategy and Impact, Amnesty International, London/Greece.
  • Andreas Novy
    Professor at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria)

Language: English with translation to German

[arts & culture]

Harp Music

by Suanna Scheck

[arts & culture]

Fairytales of Growth

Film and discussion: The effects and risks of climate change are compelling young people the world round to call upon radical system change as the only solution to avoid a catastrophic collapse. This film studies the role economic growth has had in bringing about this crisis, and explores the alternatives to it, offering a vision of hope for the future and a better life for all within planetary boundaries.

Presenter: Pierre Smith Khanna, Claudio Cattaneo (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Research and Degrowth), Maria Marcet (Spokesperson for Fridays for Future Barcelona), Prof. Dr. Wendy Harcourt (International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University)
Language: English

 

SATURDAY, MAY 30TH - UNDERSTANDING TRANSFORMATIONS AND THE ROLE OF STRATEGY

[panel debate]
*up to 5000 people*

Advancing a Degrowth Agenda in the Corona Crisis

The aim of this panel is to evaluate and discuss degrowth and it’s strategies in direct relation to the current corona crisis. We want to understand how the degrowth community responded so far to the crisis and how degrowth was and is present in recent discussions. The goal is then to identify potential pathways, but also barriers, for bringing forward the degrowth agenda in this time of upheaval. We invited speakers affiliated to different degrowth bodies to evaluate pros and cons of structural changes in the degrowth community and its organization and to discuss concrete ideas of responding to the corona crisis, using the windows that opend up.

Facilitator: Iris Frey – Campaigner and climate justice activist

Speakers:

  • Stefania Barca 
    Senior researcher at the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra
  • Matthias Schmelzer 
    Post-doctoral researcher, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
  • Andro Rilovic 
  • Eeva Houtbeckers

Language: English with translation to German

[consecutive session]
*Up to 5000 participants*

Degrowth and European Politics 1: Panel debate “How do we deal with the European Green Deal?”

We will discuss what’s currently happening on EU level regarding “greening the economy” (mainly within the European Green Deal frame). Taking into account literature dealing with EU and national policies in the context of degrowth we want to make the practical challenges of navigating the realities of the European political system transparent. With this consecutive session we want to discuss the room of maneuver that this context provides for a deep transformation of our economy and society with a diverse audience, given the constraints of EU policy for transformational change towards degrowth in that market and competition are written in the “EU contract”. And also given the current COVID-19 pandemic and the large recession we are facing, where transformational green policies and deep change may are at risk.

During the panel debate, we aim to discuss and critique some main aspects of the European Green Deal: What is good, what is bad, what more needs to be done? What else needs to be done in parallel? Who can do it? How to strategically work on several fronts simultaneously?

Facilitator: Riccardo MastiniPhD candidate Ecological Economics and Political Ecology, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, UAB Barcelona

Speakers:

  • Aurore Lalucq
  • Tone Smith
    Degrowth activist, ecological economist and freelance writer
  • Jagoda Munic
    Director of Friends of the Earth Europe
  • Pawel Wargan
    Activist and organiser; Coordinator Green New Deal Europe

Language: English with translation to German


[workshop]

Praktische Umsetzungen zur Arbeitszeitverkürzung

Arbeitszeitverkürzung ist eine klassische Postwachstums-Forderung. Dennoch ist der Weg der praktischen Umsetzung unklar. Welche Top-Down-Maßnahmen sind durch Politik oder Gewerkschaften möglich? Wie kann gleichzeitig ein freiwilliges Kürzertreten erreicht werden? Außerdem gilt es auf die Auswirkungen von möglichen Maßnahmen zu achten, um etwa zunehmende Ungleichheit zu vermeiden. Schließlich stellt sich auch ganz akut die Frage, welche Lehren aus der Corona-Krise bereits gezogen werden können.

Presenters: Hannes Vetter (Uni Heidelberg), Anja Janischewski (ICAE Linz)
max. number of participants: 20
Language: German


[special session]

Journalism in Crisis – Expert:innengespräch am Mittagstisch

“Ich bin davon überzeugt, dass das Versäumnis des Journalismus, über (den) Klimawandel angemessen zu berichten, einst als einer seiner großen Fehlschläge verstanden wird”, schreibt Kyle Pope vom Colombia Journalism Review im Frühjahr 2020. Welche Verantwortung tragen Journalist:innen angesichts der multiplen sozialen und ökologischen Krisen? Ist es ihre Aufgabe, einen sozial-ökologischen Wandel aktiv mitzugestalten oder ist es ihre Aufgabe, Ereignisse möglichst neutral zu beschreiben und zu analysieren? In einer digitalen Mittagstisch-Runde möchten wir über die Möglichkeiten und die Verantwortung von Journalismus angesichts der sozial-ökologischen Krisen sprechen. Wir wollen dabei besonders auf die Frage eingehen, inwiefern Wirtschaftsredaktionen bisher das Narrativ von endlosem Wirtschaftswachstum geprägt haben und inwiefern es hier ein Umdenken gibt.

Presenters: Kristin Langen (Netzwerk kritische Journalist*innen), Leonie Sontheimer (collectext), Katharina Mau, Felix Wilmsen, Lukas Dörrie (Netzwerk kritische Journalist*innen), Theresa Leisgang (Freie Journalistin und Autorin), Gustav Theile (Wirtschaftsredakeur der FAZ), Hendrik Theine (Post-Doc an der Wirtschaftsuni Wien)
Language: German


[standard session]

Sprache: English with translation to German

Institutional Change 1

A legal approach to beyond GDP indicators: possibilities and limits
How can law contribute to the use of indicators that measure progress in an alternative manner? What are the limits thereof? This session will explore legal definitions and operationalizations of “beyond Gross Domestic Product” metrics by examining concrete existing legislation.
Presenters: Norman Vander Putten (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles) 

Epistemologies of the Global South and the transformation of international investment law
An investigation into whether, and how, epistemologies of the Global South can be drawn upon to make more porous an international investment law regime that thus far has maintained a posture of indifference or paternalism towards Global South communities’ homegrown sustainability projects.
Presenters: Nicola Soekoe (University of the Witwatersrand) 

Empirical Analysis of Islamic Financial Development and Carbon Emissions: Narrating Through Islamic Moral  Economy
This presentation will discuss the relationship between environmental issues and Islamic finance by narrating it through degrowth and Islamic moral economy framework. In an attempt to respond to these questions, a model developed by Sapkota & Bastola (2017) is used, which has been further developed to examine the relationship between Islamic financial development and CO2 emissions in countries where there is presence of Islamic banks and sukuk market.
Presenters: Nur Dhani Hendranastiti (Durham University; Universitas Indonesia) 


[standard session]

Communicating Degrowth

The Psychology of Degrowth Adoption: Insights from the Perspectives of the Utopian Impulse and the Regulatory Focus Theory
We investigated how to influence people’s support for degrowth, and whether such influence may be subject to individual differences regarding transformative social change. To do so, we adopted the regulatory focus theory—one of the most widely used theoretical frameworks in social psychology—and used it to frame how degrowth is communicated to people. We also investigated the Utopian Impulse—a core personality trait that determines people’s propensity to pursue transformative social change.
Presenters: Dario Krpan (London School of Economics and Political Science), Frédéric Basso (London School of Economics and Political Science)  Language: English

Transformations Beyond Growth: A Diverse Practices Approach
This talk stages a conversation between diverse economies and practice theory literatures, outlining the distinct paths these two areas of scholarship have taken to explore current patterns of growth. It argues that their simultaneous consideration would benefit radical and critical scholarship, especially in understanding the complexities of social change.
Presenters: Tom Smith (Masaryk University, Czech Republic) Language: English

An anthropological contribution to degrowth
Social Anthropology has great potential to contribute to degrowth debates and proposals, hardly explored until now. I propose three ways to do so, further exploring one of them, inspired by the question: what can be recovered from the near past, still accessible in the present, for the future? The degrowth project needs new images, ideas, and practices, but it also needs to selectively retrieve those traditional local pre-globalization practices and knowledge aligned with a degrowth society, involving the elders of our society in the creation of pathways for a degrowth transition.
Presenters: Lucía Muñoz Sueiro (The New School, New York) Language: English

How to communicate & organize the Degrowth movement better
We argue that strategic, motivation-oriented communications and scalable, mission-centric organising are crucial bottlenecks for the degrowth movement’s success. We have three key recommendations for the movement to master the challenges that climate change communication has struggled with.
Presenters: Justus Baumann (Future Matters Project), Vegard Beyer (Future Matters Project) Language: English

[panel debate]
*Up to 5000 participants*

Strategic Approaches: an Overview

This panel aims to give an overview of different strategic approaches for degrowth. Panelists will discuss frameworks or typologies of strategic approaches to assist the discussions on strategy that place in the following days of the conference. Further, challenges and weaknesses of different strategic approaches, as well as inter-linkages between strategies will be discussed.

Facilitator: Nathan Barlow – PhD candidate in social-ecological economics, WU Wien, environmental activist

Speakers:

  • Panos Petridis
    Post-doctoral researcher,  University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
  • Nilda Inkermann
    Department for Development and Postcolonial Studies, University of Kassel (Germany)
  • Katya Chertkovskaya

Language: Emglish with translation to German


[consecutive session]

Degrowth and European Politics 2: Creating a democratic and caring economy and society that serves the many

This workshop is a follow on to the panel debate “How do we deal with the European Green Deal?”. It will be a fully interactive workshop (laptops and full attention ideally required!) delving further into some of the issues around EU politics and degrowth. We will dig deeper into the question of how we can bring some already existing progressive policies and lived examples together – we will draw on some of the positive initiatives we have been seeing in response to the Covid-19 pandemic e.g. UBI, publicising health systems, more cycle lanes – and how can ensure these remain long-term. We aim to explore questions around how we can build up local, resilient, caring economies and societies with degrowth values (short, medium, long-term) and can national and EU policies such as those within the European Green Deal assist in this – if so how?

Presenters: Meadhbh Bolger (Friends of the Earth Europe) and Katharina Wiese (European Environmental Bureau) will facilitate this session in a participative manner
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: English


[workshop]

Degrowth Communism: Toward a Convergence of Strategies

Through this workshop we want to instigate a dialogue, so far largely missing, between degrowth and communism. We understand both degrowth and communism as traditions of thinking and practising the social-ecological transformation and the system change that are needed to achieve an environmentally safe and socially just life for all. There are differences between the two movements, which we consider worth discussing, but also growing complementarities, which we consider worth uniting and uniting around – resulting in what we propose to call “Degrowth Communism”. But more importantly, there is an urgency to reassess, both from within and between Degrowth and Communism, political strategies of systemic change in the present.

Presenters: Bue Rübner Hansen (Aarhus University), Emmanuele Leonardi (University of Coimbra), Kai Bosworth (Virginia Commonwealth University), Jesse Goldstein (Virginia Commonwealth University), Tomislav Medak (PhD researcher at Coventry University)
Language: English
Max. number of participants: 30


[workshop]

Moving through emotionalities of crises: a moving exploration

Collective crises affect us emotionally. When we pause to process our feelings before jumping to action, we are able to align with our underlying wants, needs, and values. By sharing them, we tap into a powerful source of connectivity, required to mindfully move forward together. In this workshop, we hold space for our emotionalities of crises. Engaging in practices of mindfulness meditation, guided movement, and reflection, we’ll collectively explore our inner states in a slow, embodied process.

Presenters: Judith Ezra Mühlbacher (The Really Wild Show), Steph Braun
Max. number of participants: 25
Language: English


[standard session]

Co-operatives, Work and Degrowth

Degrowth Cooperatives as Alternative to the Development Paradigm: The Case of the Integral Minga Cooperative
The session will start by explaining the objectives of the study, the theoretical framework on post-development, degrowth and cooperativism. Then, the studied cooperative and the methodology used will be explained. Finally, the results of the fieldwork and the conclusions will be demonstrated.
Presenters: Jéssica Chainho Pereira (ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal) Language: English

Car workers as political subjects of degrowth transformation
I argue that degrowth strategies should be focused more on the industrial sectors and on those who work there. More concretely, the automotive industry is economically-speaking one of the most important sectors in Central Europe, with car workers having great potential to be a transformational force.
Presenters: Patrik Gažo (the Department of Environmental Studies, Masaryk University) Language: English

How can the concept of democratic ownership contribute to a social-ecological transformation?
The study explores how the concept of democratic ownership can contribute to a bottom-up, workers-led social-ecological transformation of the Austrian aircraft sector, targeting the Viennese airport in particular. Therefore, the study will involve qualitative interviews with workers and workers’ councils, following a workers’ inquiry approach to combine knowledge creation with political emancipation.
Presenters: Philipp Chmel (Vienna University of Economics (WU) Language: English

Cooperative growth strategies for businesses beyond growth
“Post-growth organizations” do face a dilemma: Growth allows them to increase their good impact. At the same time, it may have bad effects on themselves, as organizations. Against that background, we discuss various “cooperative growth strategies beyond growth” that promise to resolve that dilemma.
Presenters: Dirk Raith (Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz) Language: English

[panel debate]
*up to 5000 people*

Past and current environmental movements in Austria: what we can learn for the transformation

The history of the environmental movement in Austria shows that although the prevention of many environmentally damaging mega projects has been successful, transformation is still pending: In despite of the fact that the prevention of the launch of Zwentendorf nuclear power plant in the 1970s and the occupation of Hainburger Au in the 1980s led to a large resistance movement, not enough pressure could be built to enforce more comprehensive demands for social change.

Facilitator: Christoph Ambach (ILA collective)

Speakers:

  • Jutta Matysek
    Activist and action climber for environmental protection, peace and human rights
  • Lisa Kiesenhofer
    Activist with Fridays for Future Vienna
  • Margaret Haderer
    Post-Doc am Institut für Gesellschaftswandel und Nachhaltigkeit, WU Wien

Language: German with translation to English


[special session]

The state – a missing link within Degrowth strategies

Degrowth strategies needs a more substantiated reflection on the ambiguity of the state. Whereas many strategies do not address the state explicitly, some grasp it as an important actor of a transformation towards a post-growth society while others reject this role by referring to the close link between the national state and economic growth. What is needed is a differentiated concept of the state able to understand its fundamental role within capitalist development but also its historical concrete expression in contemporary societies and the crises they face.  The session will provide some presentation from different conceptual perspectives based on experiences from different world regions. It is dedicated to stimulate discussions on how to respond to the ambiguity and the contradictory nature of the state from a Degrowth perspective.

Presenters: Christoph Görg (BOKU/SEC), Max Koch (University of Lund), Miriam Lang (Quito, Ecuador), Soumitra Ghos (independent researcher and activist, West Bengal, India)
Max. number of participants: 50
Language: English with translation to German


[workshop]

Knowledge production for degrowth

We offer a workshop focused on our needs in terms of knowledge production in a society turned towards degrowth. We will highlight the work of fifty researchers, activists and students on the production of an alternative research scenario, called Horizon Earth. The workshop will revolve around four phases of presentation and discussion : The research scenario’s development and objectives, and three moments devoted to each of our research topics : 1) Health, 2) Food and Agriculture 3) Energy, Housing and Mobility. It will be a great opportunity to listen to your feedbacks on the presented research areas and narratives.

Presenters: Camille Besombes (Sciences Citoyennes, Institut Pasteur), Maura Benegiamo (Collège d’études mondiales, Politics Ontology Ecology), Fabrice Flipo (Sciences Citoyennes, Institut Mines-Télécom), Madina Querre (REVeSS, PACTE Grenoble), François Briens (Sciences Citoyennes, International Energy Agency), Paul Lacoste (HALEM (inhabitants of temporary and mobile homes), Simon Grudet (Sciences Citoyennes), Aude Lapprand (Sciences Citoyennes), Maëlle Frétigné (Sciences Citoyennes)
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: English


[workshop]

The Precautionary Post-Growth Approach: A response to the crises?

Are there alternatives to a forced green growth strategy as a solution to overcome the consequences of the corona pandemic, which also have the potential to be widely accepted in the societal discourse? With the precautionary post-growth approach, we have made a new proposal. We would like to discuss how the concepts of resilience and precaution can contribute to socio-ecological change after the lockdown – in concrete fields of action such as resource conservation and circular economy. In doing so, we refer to the results of a study for the German Environment Agency.

Presenters: David Hofmann (Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), Ulrich Petschow (Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), Bettina Bahn-Walkowiak (Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy), Nils aus dem Moore (RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research), Steffen Lange (Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW)
Language: English
Max. number of participants: 30


[standard session]

Institutional Change 2

A framework to move policy-making in the EU beyond growth
The session introduces an online toolbox to guide policy-making beyond growth. Based on a literature review, we structure post-growth policies along 17 objectives, 101 transformative changes and 260 instruments. The framework shows what means other than economic growth can achieve political ends.
Presenters: Jonathan Barth (presenter; lead author) (ZOE. Institute for Future-fit Economies), Christoph Gran (co-author) (ZOE. Institute for Future-fit Economies), Jakob Hafele (co-author) (ZOE. Institute for Future-fit Economies), Raphael Kaufmann (co-author) (ZOE. Institute for Future-fit Economies), Tabea Waltenberg (co-author) (ZOE. Institute for Future-fit Economies) Language: English

Discussion of the relevance of Public Procurement for the Degrowth Community
The online session will start with a short 10 min presentation on public procurement and its importance in Degrowth and post-growth policies. It will continue with a world-cafe style joint discussion (10 min) where participants can exchange ideas on the role of public procurement and about its relevance for the Degrowth Community. The participants will have the opportunity to pinpoint some issues that are especially relevant in the development of a possible “degrowth procurement” framework.
Presenters: Gabriella Gyori (Sustainable Procurement Specialist) Language: English

A Green New Deal without growth
The Green New Deal offers a powerful vision for how to deploy industrial policies to coordinate the overhaul of a country’s energy system and decarbonize its manufacturing and agricultural sectors. However given the elusiveness of absolute decoupling degrowth policies must accompany this transition.
Presenters: Riccardo Mastini (Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona) Language: English

The history of the environmental movement in Austria shows that although the prevention of many environmentally damaging mega projects has been successful, transformation is still pending: In despite of the fact that the prevention of the launch of Zwentendorf nuclear power plant in the 1970s and the occupation of Hainburger Au in the 1980s led to a large resistance movement, not enough pressure could be built to enforce more comprehensive demands for social change.

[panel debate]
*Up to 5000 participants*

The historic role of trade unions

Trade unions and workers movements have historically provided the countervailing power to exploitative capitalism in the societal sphere, fighting for broad societal emancipation, including the abolishment of slavery and child labour, public health, shorter working hours and better working conditions. Many of the social rights and societal institutions we take for granted today have come about thanks to the many, varied (and often conflicted) workers movements that have organised workers and fought for these rights. Trade unions and workers movements are still a powerful force and should play a decisive role in the transformation towards a degrowth society, as a broad radical social movement for change is needed. Looking back towards past fights for transformations allows us to move past simplified dualisms to understand both the challenges and commonalities of a broad movement for social-ecological transformation.

Facilitator: Heinz Högelsberger Austrian Chamber of Labour

Speakers:

  • Florian Wenninger
    Austrian Chamber of Labour

  • Nora Räthzel
    University of Umeå (Sweden)
  • Julia Eder
    Johannes Kepler University Linz
  • Ulrich Brand
    University of Vienna

Language: English with translation to German


[workshop]

Civil disobedience as a strategy for degrowth

Civil disobedience is emerging as a key element employed in the fight for environmental and climate justice and for raising awareness about some of the most urgent crises. The aim of the session is to develop a better understanding of civil disobedience and how it may be used strategically in the degrowth process. Nonviolent protest played a fundamental role in the anti-apartheid movement, the civil rights movement, as well as labour and peace movements across the world. Recent years have seen the rapid spread and upscaling of collective actions of civil disobedience by environmental and climate justice movements. While the context for nonviolent resistance may differ based on the expressed politics and ideology of these movements, sometimes evoking critical questions about race, gender, or cooperation with state authority, more often than not actions are explicitly linked with the aspirations of the degrowth movement. This begs the question of how civil disobedience should first be understood, and second how it may be used more explicitly as a strategy for degrowth.

Presenters: Sara Fromm (Member of Research & Degrowth and Climate Justice Activist), Simon Schöning (Researcher and Consultant, Climate Justice Activist)
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: English


[workshop]

Effective Strategies towards the Good Life for All within planetary boundaries

Based on a thesis paper inspired by Polanyi´s reflections on “freedom in a complex society” the workshop discusses effective strategies for a Good Life for All within planetary boundaries. The thesis paper proposes three new pillars for more effective strategies: (1) acknowledging the importance of a strong state that enables public-civic partnerships, (2) overcoming the focus on niche alternatives that lead in localist traps and (3) elaborating multiscalar strategies of selective economic globalization.

Presenters: Andreas Novy (WU Vienna), Dirk Holemans (Oikos, Green European Foundation)
Language: English


[standard session]

Regional Transformations

Buen Vivir in Germany
Buen Vivir goes beyond criticism and rejection. It has an utopian surplus. European activists adopted it to make positive visions thinkable and expressible. The fluctuating relevance of Buen Vivir can be traced back to the course of political struggles both in the Andean countries and in Europe.
Presenters: Timmo Krueger (Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS)) Language: English

Strategies for Transformation: Agency and Alliances in Rural Alternative Movements in Japan
Embedding human lives again into the local ecosystem may help to reverse overexploitation and to foster degrowth lifestyles. To discuss transition strategies for alternative lifestyles, we analyze two niche developments in Japan: the fishery-forest movement and the self-employed forestry movement.
Presenters: Norie Tamura (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature), Hein Mallee (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature) Language: English

Walking the path from sustainability to degrowth – the case of Slovenia
Sustainable development has been linked to environmental protection in Slovenia since the beginning of the environmental movement in late 1980s. Due to various reasons, sustainable development remained strongly associated with the environment, while very weak in linking the social component and even less the economic component till present times. In 2000 climate change became promineng in the NGO field and gained importance in policies. A comprehensive and holistic understanding of climate change and human rights from the other perspective, lead to scattered degrowth ideas and practices in Slovenia among NGOs, scholars and interested active citizens. What was the path from sustainable development and how degrowth came on the agenda in Slovenia, will be presented in the session.
Presenters: Živa Kavka Gobbo (Focus Association for Sustainable Development, Slovenia) Language: English


[consecutive session]

The fallacy of economic growth in climate science & policy Part 1

Our two-part workshop will explore why climate science has such difficulties to imagine mitigation pathways without economic growth. The first part will focus on a critique of assumptions of economic growth and the dangerous implications thereof against the background of a broader critique of the dominant carbon metrics. The second part will dive into alternative scenario modeling, including in the context of the IPCC. We will also present our own Societal Transformation Scenario, its assumptions, outcomes and political implications.

Presenters: Linda Schneider (Heinrich Böll Foundation), Kai Kunhenn (Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie)
Language: English
Max. number of participants: 30

[standard session]

Transformation, Design and Utopias

*up to 5000 people*

Language: English with translation to German

Sustainability, Transformation & Utopias
The presentation discusses the role of positive visions for a transformation towards a more ecologically sustainable and socially just society. Firstly, it is argued that in the context of modern societies something like ecological sustainability can already itself be regarded as a stark utopia. So far, no society exists that can be characterized as modern and whose metabolism is not based on the destructive exploitation of nature. The second part of the paper introduces the concepts of “concrete utopia” (Ernst Bloch & Rudi Dutschke) and “real utopias” (Erik Olin Wright). Finally, it is argued that both kinds of utopias are likely to be required to achieve profound social-ecological transformation that will probably take a considerable period of time.
Presenters: Bernd Sommer (Europa-Universität Flensburg) Language: German

Transformation by design?
The central question of socio-ecological transformation is whether it will take place “by design” or “by disaster” (Sommer/Welzer 2014:27). In the discourse this question is rhetorically answered with “by design”. But what role does design play in social-ecological transformation? The lecture will present growth-related problems in design and give an overview of two main strategies. It deals with both: The challenges design has to face in a time of social-ecological crises, but also with its potential. All will be in reference to the student-organized teaching project “Degrow Design!” and the resulting publication.
Presenters: Antonia Ney (Student. Lehrkraft WiSem2019 Bauhaus-Universität Weimar), Joy-Fabienne Lösel (Student. Lehrkraft WiSem2019 Bauhaus-Universität Weimar) Language: English

[special session]

Bursting Platform

Bursting Platform is bringing under a spotlight feminization of politics and exploration of possibilities of co-creating and opening a new political space – a platform for building stronger connections between various initiatives, places, women activists covering diverse, but relevant topics that bring into effect needed new alliances. Five themes will be presented by five activists and researchers from Ljubljana: Maša Hawlina – Housing, Asja Hrvatin -Care as resistance, Nicoleta Nour – Fridays for future/Climate strikes, Sara Pistotnik – Accessibility to health care, and Lana Zdravković – Emancipatory politics. They will share their theoretical and practical know how or struggles regarding their topics. The bursting platform supports and actively engages women activists, progressive and radical thinkers, who are experimenting with new political practices, imagining and trying out alternatives withing degrowth thinking.

Presenters: Maša Hawlina (Institute for Housing and Space studies), Asja Hrvatin (No Border Craft), Nicoleta Nour (Youth for Climate Justice), Sara Pistotnik (Studies in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Ljubljana), Lana Zdravković (Peace Institute), Ajda Pistotnik (EnaBanda Association)
Language: English with translation to German
Max. number of participants: 30


[workshop]

Transformatives Engagement – was braucht es dafür?

Wie können wir unser gesellschaftspolitisches Engagement zukunftsfähig gestalten? Wie erkennen wir neoliberale und andere Muster in unserer eigenen Arbeit? Wie schaffen wir in unseren sozialen Bewegungen eine Arbeitskultur, die zu den Werten passt, für die sie kämpft? Dieser Workshop ist ein Plädoyer für den Ausstieg aus einer Burnout- und Überforderungskultur, und ein Anknüpfungspunkt für alle, die sich mit den Basics und der politischen Relevanz von nachhaltigem Aktivismus beschäftigen möchten.

Presenters: Katharina Hagenhofer (radix – Kollektiv für transformative Bildung)
Max. number of participants: 18
Language: German


[workshop]

Bringing Degrowth into Politics, before and after Covid-19

How to bring Degrowth into politics or how to influence political debates has been a key question since the birth of the movement in France in the early 2000s. Reflecting on the experience of Degrowth in several countries and considering the particular Covid-19 historic momentum, we will discuss how Degrowth did, can and could influence politics. An introduction will be made by the facilitators followed by an open discussion on the topic.

Presenters: Tone Smith (degrowth.no), Vincent Liegey (Parti Pour La Décroissance)
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: English


[consecutive session]

The fallacy of economic growth in climate science & policy Part 2

Our two-part workshop will explore why climate science has such difficulties to imagine mitigation pathways without economic growth. The first part will focus on a critique of assumptions of economic growth and the dangerous implications thereof against the background of a broader critique of the dominant carbon metrics. The second part will dive into alternative scenario modeling, including in the context of the IPCC. We will also present our own Societal Transformation Scenario, its assumptions, outcomes and political implications.

Presenters: Linda Schneider (Heinrich Böll Foundation), Kai Kunhenn (Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie)
Language: English
Max. number of participants: 30

[arts & culture]

Guitar music

Vian Oussi
Vian Oussi is a young improvisational guitarist with syrian-kurdish roots. His music is a smooth mix of of flamenco, gipsy, spiritual and classical music.

[arts & culture]

Film and discussion: Oro blanco

Every morning Flora walks out into the mountains with her onehundred llamas searching for pastures. However every season the animals become thinner and the landscape drier. The high planes of the Salinas Grandes hides one of the biggest lithium reserves in the world. In order to extract it the last sweet water of the desert is being pumped into vast reserves by international companies. The battery industry`s ressource hunger threatens the shepherds and the traditional salt production of the indigenous Kolla and Atacama. In quiet poetic images “Oro Blanco” depicts the lives and fears of people who have to fight for their territory and way of living.

Presentor: Gisela Carbajal Rodríquez


[arts & culture]

Film and discussion: Feeding our degrowth imaginary #1: Twin Oaks

To unlock our collective imagination we need new images, new inspirations, new ways of imagining other possible and desirable worlds. We need to realize that another economy is possible, that we can live better with less and that there are already many who have begun to walk towards a degrowth future. The first video of this series of projects, networks, movements, and worldviews inspiring for degrowth shows one of the longest-lived intentional communities in the United States, Twin Oaks (Virginia), that has thrived successfully for over 50 years and that shows, on a very small scale, a radically different reconfiguration of work, wages and, in general, of the organization of life.

Presentor: Lucía Muñoz Sueiro
Facilitation: Alejandra Barrera, Florencia Schaeffer

[arts & culture]

DJ SET: STANLEY MESSER (STRUBOSKO)

Stanley Messer is a DJ for fun. After 15 years of playing in clubs all around Austria and honing his craft, he now just does what he likes and what he does best: spreading love and good vibes through the power of rhythm and harmony. House, Disco, UK Garage, Drum’n’Bass –genres are secondary on his quest for the perfect mix. But every track is guaranteed to have a funky edge to it, and at least a hint of soul.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 31ST - SHAPING COLLABORATIVE STRATEGIES

[panel debate]

*up to 5000 people*

Degrowing the food sector: how to build democratic food policies

The aim of the panel is to develop a common understanding of how a socially and ecologically sustainable food systems can look like. To achieve this, we draw on existing practices and strategies of local and regional initiatives which promote sustainable food systems. There exists already a variety of collectives, networks, and food system approaches, which create opportunities and offer tangible examples and visions of what a degrowth society could look like. These initiatives offer examples, which contribute to a democratic food system and from which we can learn. The guiding question of the panel is therefore to what extend strategies used by these initiatives can serve as a strategy for degrowth. Further questions to be addressed are: As part of a democratic food policy, how can the initiatives be strengthened and up-scaled? What (else) does a democratic food policy need to contain and how can this be achieved? What keeps us locked into the current unsustainable food systems and what strategies are needed to overcome these lock-ins/barriers?

To discuss these questions, Olivier De Schutter will introduce, in a first step, insights from the IPES-Food report and relate them to the degrowth debate. His keynote will be complemented with concrete examples, covering different spatial scales – the urban, regional and the European. More concretely, Line Rise Nielsen from the institution “Changing Food – Copenhagen Food System Centre” will present an urban strategy of counselling the city. Armin Bernhard will describe a regional strategy drawing on his experience of a citizen’s cooperative in Mals (South Tyrol) and Genevieve Savigny from the European Coordination La Via Campesina will explain the role of social and peasant movements struggles for a democratic agricultural and trade policies on the European Union’s level.

Facilitator: Julianna Fehlinger – ÖBV-Via Campesina Austria

Speakers:

  • Olivier De Schutter
    Professor at UCLouvain (Belgium) and SciencesPo (Paris)
  • Genevieve Savigny
    European Coordination Via Campesina and member of the European Economic and Social Committee.
  • Armin Bernhard
    Activist and professor at the University of Bozen
  • Line Rise Nielsen
    Food Policy Director of the Copenhagen Food System Centre

Language: English with German translation


[consecutive session]

Mobilty for all: working on strategies for social-ecological transformation of urban mobility – Part 1

Ecologically viable and socially just mobility should be accessible and affordable for everyone. Urban mobility however is to a large extent still based on cars and fossil fuels. Apart from being a main contributor to Co2 emissions as well as air and noise pollution, the current urban mobility system is unjust as regards the distribution of public space, safety and rights of the different modes of transport. In recent years there has been a lot of action to change that – in this session we want to discuss and elaborate on different effective strategies for a social-ecological transformation of urban mobility systems and want to bring together actors and interested people from different backgrounds and cities.

Presenters: Katharina Keil (System Change not Climate Change), Matthieu Floret (Smarter Than Car), Thomas Eberhardt-Köstinger (Attac Deutschland), Sarah Nowak

Language: English

Max. number of participants: 30


[workshop]

Solidarische Ökonomie, Wirtschaftsdemokratie und Postwachstum

Der Workshop fokussiert auf den Beitrag Solidarischer Ökonomien zu einer Postwachstums-Perspektive. Angeregt werden Strategien für Solidarische Ökonomie als wirtschaftsdemokratischer Ansatz. Der Workshop will einen Raum schaffen um unterschiedliche Akteur_innen zu verknüpfen und einen Denkprozess anzustoßen: Was sind Elemente einer Theorie des Wandels hin zu einer Solidarischen Ökonomie des Postwachstums? Wie können wir Kräfte verbinden? Was müssen wir neu entwickeln?

Presenters: Andreas Exner (Verein für Solidarische Ökonomie), Andrea Jany (Regionales Zentrum für Nachhaltigkeit (RCE), Universität Graz), Markus Blümel (Katholische Sozialakademie Österreichs (ksoe))
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: German


[standard session]

Community, Housing, Care

Materialising degrowth in local urban planning policies
This paper focuses on the intersection between degrowth and urban planning, and contributes to a deeper understanding and a sharper concretisation of how a strong sustainability concept such as degrowth can be taken into planning practice for long term sustainability.
Presenters: Carlos Ruiz-Alejos, Vincent Prats Language: English

Exploring Equitable Degrowth in Circular Community Development in Health and Care
Underserved and historically marginalized populations have been disproportionately afflicted by financial and climate related disasters. In face of the immediate climate crisis, many existing systems are being disrupted, thus adversely impacting the livelihood, health and wellbeing of underserved populations. In planning for better community health outcomes, we examine a new paradigm of coupling of healthcare with local green economic development. Modeling after ecovillage development and circular economy principles, we explore the potential of deploying circular communities, where residents produce what they consume to achieve resilience through self-sufficiency.
Presenters: Larissa Lai (University College London) Language: English

Future’s Strategists: How Sustainability unfortunately did not intervene at Stuttgart Stöckach
The presentation will showcase subsolar*s failed competition entry „Zukunfts Strateginnen“ for a transforming neighbourhood in Stuttgart as a case example and starting point to discuss obstacles, but also potentials and possible strategies to successfully “degrow” existing cities.
Presenters: Saskia Hebert (subsolar* architektur & stadtforschung, Berlin) Language: English

Collaborative housing in Catalonia: obstacles and strategies
Collaborative housing (cooperative and co housing) allows for efficient use of resources, solidarity and non-speculative urbanism. This degrowth model is expanding in Catalonia, through partnerships between government and civil society, but concrete implementation faces a series of obstacles.
Presenters: Mateus Lira M Machado (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) Language: English


[special session]

Territories, Resources and Care Work Feminist Perspectives on Transformation

The Corona crisis has unprecedentedly highlighted the topic of this session: care work got visibility, its systemic relevance gained public recognition as never before. The appalling shortage of health care workers and the deficiencies in public health systems due to restructuring towards profit orientation and cost saving measures in the context of privatisation and globalisation became obvious. These systemic flaws aggravated the ongoing crisis of social reproduction towards a crisis of survival of societies. The pandemic also challenges the prevailing relation of human domination over nature and over bodies in the context of a growth-obsessed economy. The virus exposes the vulnerability of bodies and societies. It points at the destruction of ecosystems and of species due to the rapid expansion of industrial monocultures in agriculture, the encroachment of land, forest and water bodies. Thus, it shows the need to recognise the obstinacy of nature and to organise everyday life as a bio- and eco-social, and as a collective process saying farewell to the fiction of total control of nature. Therefore the crisis nurtures demands for a caring economy based on commons and oriented towards a good life for everybody. In everyday life people experienced that solidarity is an absolute necessity to cope with crisis situations. On the backdrop of a concept of feminist political economy and ecology which places the logic of care towards humans and nature at the centre of transformative strategies women resist a violent extractivist development model and a patriarchal-capitalist model of competition and individual utility maximisation. The session deals with different situations of violence: control over bodies and territories, and dispossession of land, livelihoods, resources and diversity. The focus is on everyday practices and politics of (re)production of environments, and of reclaiming and transforming spaces, territories and narratives vis-à-vis resource extractivism, large dam construction and industrialisation of food. In these critical situations and in critical places, the logic of caring and care work towards humans and nature link material und discursive production and reproduction while co-producing genders, natures and bodies. As Wendy Harcourt has highlighted, place-based everyday politics are about resistance but also about reinvention of practices, opportunities and commons as we move towards emancipatory and transformative politics. For these politics and strategies, growth in terms of ever increasing GDP is not the goal. The session will look at care work in our social-nature entanglements that promote social and gender justice, equality and alternative forms of knowing and acting.

Presenters: Christa Wichterich (freelance, UniBonn), Samantha Hargreaves (WoMin), Camila Nobrega (FU Berlin), Wendy Harcourt (ISS, Den Hague), Anna Katharina Voss (ISS), Rosa de Nooijer (ISS)
Max. number of participants: 20
Language: English

[special session]
*up to 5000 people*

Towards a City of Solidary Degrowth

Book presentation: How do we want to live, work, relax today and tomorrow? How do we create a good life for everyone in the city? While niche initiatives are already beginning to answer these questions, there is still a lack of comprehensive concepts and approaches to transformation that would outline a fundamentally different, solidarity-based city. The Degrowth City (Postwachstumsstadt) project dares to attempt this. As the current crisis is increasing pressure on the housing market, there is also a window of opportunity for radical change.

Presenters: Anton Brokow-Loga, Frank Eckhardt, Evelyn Markoni, Kris Krois, Timmo Krüger, Viola Schulze Dieckhoff, Christian Lamker
Language: German with English translation


[consecutive session]

Mobilty for all: working on strategies for social-ecological transformation of urban mobility – Part 2

Ecologically viable and socially just mobility should be accessible and affordable for everyone. Urban mobility however is to a large extent still based on cars and fossil fuels. Apart from being a main contributor to Co2 emissions as well as air and noise pollution, the current urban mobility system is unjust as regards the distribution of public space, safety and rights of the different modes of transport. In recent years there has been a lot of action to change that – in this session we want to discuss and elaborate on different effective strategies for a social-ecological transformation of urban mobility systems and want to bring together actors and interested people from different backgrounds and cities.

Presenters: Katharina Keil (System Change not Climate Change), Matthieu Floret (Smarter Than Car), Thomas Eberhardt-Köstinger (Attac Deutschland), Sarah Nowak

Language: English

Max. number of participants: 30


[consecutive session]

Degrowing the food sector: how to build democratic food policies Part 1

The food system represents one of the major cycles of materials and energy on our planet and is providing the basis of our life: food. However This consecutive session adopts a multi-level and cross-sectoral approach. It explores the factors that keep the global food system locked in its current trajectory. We will learn from transformative food initiatives, invited to the session, and analyse their strategies for achieving change.

Presenters: Julianna Fehlinger (ÖBV-Via Campesina Austria), Daniel Gusenbauer, Elli Jost, Christina Plank, Maria Legner, Lisa Francesca Rail, Carlo Scheuermann, Logan Strenchock, SEKEM (EGY) Cargonomia & Szatyor Association (HU) Nourish Scotland (UK) Landwirtschaft mit Zukunft (CH) Die Freien Bäcker (D/AT/PO/IT) Premium Cola Kollektiv (D)
Max. number of participants: 50
Language: English with German translation


[workshop]

Demonetisation – Developing a society beyond money

We will investigate the logics of money and how they hinder us from living in a solidary and regenerative culture. How can we build communities based on the “the good life” for everyone rather than on exploitation and destruction? We will analyze the logics of money and value and afterwards share practical methods and projects of demonetisation and community resilience. We will encounter money-free interpersonal bonds across various areas such as food-sovereignity, alternative housing and life in community structures.

Presenters: Vanessa Rainer (Verantwortung Erde), Maria Kravanja (Verantwortung Erde), Sascha Jabali (Verantwortung Erde), Gerald Dobernig (Verantwortung Erde), Julia Hueter (Verantwortung Erde)
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: English


[workshop]

Possibilities of Degrowth for the Electronics Industry

Südwind works since many years about the supply chain of mobile phones. Current initiatives range from modular design over certain procurement strategies of public institutions to refurbishment and proper recycling. Still on local and regional levels many small initiatives can do and are doing interesting steps in the right direction and we want together to elaborate more on it. And last but not least it is a challenge to work on the topic with external stakeholders such as students in the proper way. Südwind developed a new workshop and wants to share it with you.

Presenters: Matthias Haberl (Südwind), Isabella Szukits
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: German


[standard session]
*up to 5000 people*

Work

Recipes for degrowth: Policies for transforming property, work, and money
In this session I design a policy agenda for degrowth in a French context around the three specific themes of property, work, and money. The hypothesis I make is that operationalising degrowth means transforming these three institutions, that is redesigning them according to the three values (autonomy, sufficiency, and care) and fifteen principles that I ascribe to the idea of degrowth. The outcome is a transition programme for degrowth including 9 goals, 31 objectives, and a diversity of policy instruments gathered in 9 bundles.
Presenters: Tim Parrique (University of Clermont Auvergne) Language: English with German translation

The Just Transition and its Work of Inequality
Our paper will critically discuss the concept of labour and environmental justice in connection to the processes of a ‘just transition’ towards democratic sustainability. We invite an expansion of ideas of socio-environmental and labour justice based on Ranciere’s “method of (in)equality”, beyond identitarian/group recognition and redistribution of (any)-system benefits. Since socio-environmental and labour injustices are produced via inequalities, a just transition can only be a transition out of the un-equalitarian logic of relations – and not just out of fossil fuels.
Presenters: Irina Velicu (CES- Uni of Coimbra) Language: English with German translation

Work time reduction in a degrowth context: for the North or for all?
Currently, most of the calls for work time reduction in a degrowth context focus on the global North and disregard the global South. I argue that advocating for work time reduction as a shared interest between North and South socio-environmental movements could contribute to increased global solidarity and sympathy for the degrowth framework in the South. As an attempt to contribute to the challenge of coherently incorporating “work time reduction with the South” into the degrowth framework, I explore some of the limits and premises of different positions found in the academic literature.
Presenters: Gabriel Trettel Silva (Modul University Vienna) Language: English with German translation

Can Working Time Reduction Make Societal Transition Sustainable?
A relevant curtailment of carbon emissions follows productivity-led working time reduction: increases in labour productivity converted into less work hours. We apply a simulation model and compare three scenarios to conclude that a greater reduction in emissions results in smaller employment gains.
Presenters: Andre Cieplinski (University of Pisa) Language: English with German translation


[consecutive session]

Degrowing the food sector: how to build democratic food policies Part 2

The food system represents one of the major cycles of materials and energy on our planet and is providing the basis of our life: food. However This consecutive session adopts a multi-level and cross-sectoral approach. It explores the factors that keep the global food system locked in its current trajectory. We will learn from transformative food initiatives, invited to the session, and analyse their strategies for achieving change.

Presenters: Julianna Fehlinger (ÖBV-Via Campesina Austria), Daniel Gusenbauer, Elli Jost, Christina Plank, Maria Legner, Lisa Francesca Rail, Carlo Scheuermann, Logan Strenchock, SEKEM (EGY) Cargonomia & Szatyor Association (HU) Nourish Scotland (UK) Landwirtschaft mit Zukunft (CH) Die Freien Bäcker (D/AT/PO/IT) Premium Cola Kollektiv (D)
Max. number of participants: 50
Language: English with German translation


[consecutive session]

Strategies for Feminist Social Ecological Transformations – Part 1

We want to continue existing efforts to structurally embed intersectional feminist perspectives in the degrowth strategies; discourse and action. The speakers will shed a light on their current practical experience from community building; movement activism as well as debates and theory. Together with the participants we want to formulate strategies for feminist social ecological transformations and contribute to a paradigmatic shift of human-nature relations informed by Queer; BIPoC and class-critical theory as well as social movements. With members of FaDA, ZARA, Care Revolution network, Armutskonferenz and Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie.

Presenters: Corinna Dengler (Feminisms and Degrowth Alliance (FaDA)), Anna Saave (Feminisms and Degrowth Alliance (FaDA)), Eeva Houtbeckers (Feminisms and Degrowth Alliance (FaDA))
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: English


[workshop]

Multiple challenges of ensuring justice in energy transitions and practices

The workshop will explore on how the concepts of energy sufficiency and energy justice can be translated into practice. In the first part, cases of good and bad practices in terms of energy sufficiency and energy justice will be presented (examples of energy initiatives that include elements of justice, cases of injustices in the field of energy poverty and cases of injustices in transitions of coal mining regions). Then participants will discuss how to implement energy justice in practice.

Presenters: Edina Vadovics (GreenDependent Institute), Richard Filcak (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute for Forecasting), Lidija Zivcic (Focus Association for Sustainable Development)
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: English


[workshop]

BGE und Wachstumskritik

Im Workshop wird aufgezeigt, warum ein bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen hilfreich ist für die sozial-ökologische Transformation der Gesellschaft.

Presenters: Dagmar Paternoga (Attac Deutschland)
Max. number of participants: 50
Language: Deutsch

Julianna Fehlinger (ÖBV-Via Campesina Austria), Daniel Gusenbauer, Elli Jost, Christina Plank, Maria Legner, Lisa Francesca Rail, Carlo Scheuermann, Logan Strenchock, SEKEM (EGY) Cargonomia & Szatyor Association (HU) Nourish Scotland (UK) Landwirtschaft mit Zukunft (CH) Die Freien Bäcker (D/AT/PO/IT) Premium Cola Kollektiv (D)

[standard session]
*up to 5000 people*

Mobilität, Transformationsdesign und imperiale Lebensweise

Degrowth and the overcoming of the imperial way of life
The basis of the presentation is the empirical work that is currently being developed in the context of the research internship at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Vienna, led by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brand. It examines concrete dimensions of life, namely nutrition (Food Rescue – Too Good to Go), living (SchloR – Schöner leben ohne Realgeld), and planned obsolescence (Repaircafé). Alternatives or niches are sought which implicitly and/or explicitly contribute to overcoming the imperial way of life towards a solidary way of life. It will deal with alternatives that “also arise from the political examination about one’s own way of life and the admission of alternative experience beyond the imperial way of life” (Brand/Wissen 2017: 169).
Presenters: Andrea Marjanovic (Universität Wien), Jana Hafner (Universität Wien), Walentina Pfug-Hofmayr (Universität Wien), Josef Mühlbauer (Universität Wien) Language: German with English translation

Cars for Future? Future images of (car)mobility by technical-scientific actors
The climate-damaging emissions of road traffic and other social and environmental problems associated with transport point to the need to move away from individual car-mobility and towards a social-ecological transformation of mobility systems. This includes political, socio-economic and cultural changes. Though being central to this, the role of scientific and technological actors has been underlit in research and literature. Also in a just, ecologically sustainable society, technology are essential to the fulfilment of mobility and other needs. Technologies are necessary for approaching social-ecological transformation. This means that, also in future, those people who are intensively involved with technology will continue to play a relevant role. Therefore, the role of technical-scientific in a social-ecological transformation has to be considered. In our presentation, we will thus analyze to what extent technical scientists contribute to the stabilization of the automotive system while being able to create a basis for institutional change and to provide technological and social corridors for transformation.
Presenters: Nora Krenmayr (Universität für Bodenkultur, Wien), Esther Wawerda (Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie, Leipzig) Language: German with English translation

Framing strategies for sustainability policy in the Corona crisis
Whether the Corona crisis will promote or slow down the socio-ecological transformation is open – and thus shapeable. How can social-ecological topics be communicated in a reasonable way – and how rather not? This short impulse reflects on these questions referring to framing theories.
Presenters: Valentin Sagvosdkin (Cusanus Hochschule; Netzwerk plurale Ökonomik) Language: German with English translation

Self-experiments – personal transformation with leverage?
Self-experiments offer an opportunity for testing sustainable practices in a limited period of time concerning their effects and their fit with the rest of life. So they are an easy entry into the urgently needed social transformation towards sustainability. Based on our experience in the Karlsruhe Reallabor Quartier Zukunft, different forms of embedding self-experiments in
research, practice and higher education will be introduced.
Presenters: 
Helena Trenks (Presenter) (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie/ Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS), Sarah Meyer-Soylu (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie/ Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS), Richard Beecroft (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie/ Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS), Oliver Parodi (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie/ Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS), Annika Fricke (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie/ Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS), Andreas Seebacher (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie/ Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Language: German with English translation


[workshop]

Behaviour change and system change in the housing sector

How can integrated housing policy achieve decarbonisation while enabling fair access to housing? We invite policy-makers, activists, researchers, and others to take part in an interactive discussion. After short introductions reporting the research underpinning the workshop, participants will join sub-groups on: fair carbon taxes, retrofitting rented housing, and awareness building among the energy poor. A plenary discussion will conclude the workshop. Participants will need to specify the group they want to join upon registration.

Presenters: Kristina Eisfeld (University of Vienna), Michael Friesenecker (University of Vienna), Veronika Kulmer (Joanneum Research), Elisabetta Mocca (University of Vienna), Sebastian Seebauer (Joanneum Research)
Max. number of participants: 15
Language: English


[workshop]

Reseach on Degrowth & Technology: Where to go next in the Post-Corona period?

We will explore the question we raise in the title from different angles. Corona will change our society fundamentally. In the aftermath some will demand for more technology in our lives (e.g. the corona app) while others may see technology even more as the problem (e.g. long distance travelling). Even more so research on Degrowth & Technology needs to be consolidated. We will use life streaming discussions and break-out groups and experiment with other methods – all very much dependent on ICT.

Presenters: Christian Kerschner (Modul University Vienna / Masaryk University Brno), Linda Nierling (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Andrea Vetter (Kolleg Postwachstum), Pasi Heikkurinen (University of Leeds, School of Earth and Environment), Melf-Hinrich Ehlers (ETH Zürich, Agricultural Economics and Policy Group)
Max. number of participants: 20
Language: English


[consecutive session]

Strategies for Feminist Social Ecological Transformations – Part 2

We want to continue existing efforts to structurally embed intersectional feminist perspectives in the degrowth strategies; discourse and action. The speakers will shed a light on their current practical experience from community building; movement activism as well as debates and theory. Together with the participants we want to formulate strategies for feminist social ecological transformations and contribute to a paradigmatic shift of human-nature relations informed by Queer; BIPoC and class-critical theory as well as social movements. With members of FaDA, ZARA, Care Revolution network, Armutskonferenz and Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie.

Presenters: Bernhard Leubolt (Armutskonferenz), Mike Korsonewski (Care Revolution Network & Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie), Anna-Laura Schreilechner (ZARA)
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: English


[workshop]

Struggles of migration and Degrowth. Current strategies.

(How) Can struggles of migration be combined with debates about Degrowth? We would like to discuss this question together with you during a virtual-interactive workshop, departing from strategies of activist, political, administrative and scientific actors. In addition to the developments since the “Summer of Migration” 2015, we look at possibilities for action during the Corona pandemic.

Presenters: Stephan Liebscher (Host) (Freie Universität Berlin), Charlotte Räuchle (Host) (Freie Universität Berlin), Alexander Behr (Presenter) (Afrique Europe Interact)
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: German with English translation

[special session]
*Up to 5000 participants*

Viennese Emigrants in Search of Alternatives: Degrowth Thinkers Ivan Illich and André Gorz

The biographies of Degrowth pioneers André Gorz and Ivan Illich show some parallels. Born and raised in Vienna, they had to emigrate from Vienna in the 1930s and developed, partly in exchange with each other, alternative visions of a society not based on economic growth. Silja Samerski and Franz Schandl, who were in personal contact with both of them, provide insights into the life and work of Illich and Gorz, and how they influenced each other – and Degrowth.

Presenters: Franz Schandl, Silja Samerski, Alejandra Barrera (WU Wien), Maja Hoffmann (WU Wien), Nina Pohler (Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien)
Language:  German with English translation


[workshop]

Restructuring the Third/Corporate Food Regime: How Farmers and the Public are Transforming Food and Agriculture for the Future – Post-Covid-19

The aim of the virtual workshop is to relate the debate of social-ecological food production and distribution to a degrowth perspective. The workshop is structured in two parts. First, short presentations (5 minutes) will give insight into the different local contexts. Thereupon, prepared questions will be discussed in virtual round tables in a World Café setting (30 minutes). At the end, the main discussion points and findings from the round tables will be presented in plenum (30 minutes).

Presenters: Susan Andreatta (University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG), Christina Plank (University of Vienna), Robert Hafner (University of Innsbruck), Lilian Pungas (University of Jena, Junior Research Group Flumen), Mladen Domazet (Institute of Political Ecology, Zagreb), Branko Ancic (Institute for Social Research, Zagreb)
Max. number of participants: 20
Language: English


[workshop]

Well-Use of Values. A game for eco-social initiatives

Our workshop invites eco-socially engaged initiatives to play and discuss a cooperative game that facilitates the process of identifying and communicating their generated (non-financial) values. Building upon frameworks and theories of value generation from multiple fields of eco-social transformations – such as solidarity / queer/ecofeminist / community economies – Well-Use of Values provides an analytical and strategic tool to strengthen eco-social practices and their public recognition.

Presenters: Kris Krois (Free University of Bolzano), Jennifer Schubert (Free University of Bolzano), Noémi Zajzon (Free University of Bolzano), Sandra Antelmann (Free University of Bolzano)
Language: English
Max. number of participants: 12


[workshop]

FairNaWi – ein Degrowth-Konzept und seine Umsetzung

Der Verein FairNaWi hat ein Degrowth-Konzept mit zeitaufwandsbezogenen Preisen und Löhnen sowie einer fairen Zuteilung von Naturressourcen  entwickelt. Dieses wird am Beginn in einem Kurzvideo präsentiert. Nach  der Erörterung transformativer Rahmenbedingungen eröffnen wir einen  Möglichkeits- und Erfahrungsraum für „Abenteuer- und Reiselustige“: 6  Personen aus 3 Generationen entwerfen gemeinsam Muster für einen selbstorganisierten Systemwandel. (https://fairnawi.org/pdf/degrowth2020.pdf)

Presenters: Alexandra Reis (Trainerin, Autorin, Kunsttherapeutin), Carmen Frank (Verein FairNaWi), Harald Orthaber (Verein FairNaWi), Harald Kaiser (Verein FairNaWi), Gerhard Frank (Frank Erlebnisdramaturgie GmbH)
Language: German

[panel debate]
*up to 5000 people*

Strategies for global solidarity in the face of multiple crisis

At the heart of the discussion is an intensive examination of the discourses on decolonization and post-development in relationship to degrowth as central elements of a social-ecological transformation. The aim is to further stimulate the exchange of experiences between Global South and North perspectives and the application of concrete strategies for solidarity practice by experts from science, activism and civil society. 

Facilitator: Antje Daniel – Substitute professor of Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Vienna.

Speakers:

  • Imeh Ituen
    Social scientist, human rights and climate activist
  • Mágara Millán
    Sociologist; lecturer at the National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • Alexander Behr
    Political scientist, translator and journalist
  • GODWIN UYI OJO, Executive Director, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria,

Language: English with German translation

[arts & culture]

Guitar music

Yiddish music

by Isabel Frey
Isabel Frey is a Yiddish singer and social justice activist based in Vienna. She specializes in yiddish revolutionary and resistance songs, reviving the tradition of left-wing Jewish activism by connecting it to contemporary political issues.

[arts & culture]

Film and Discussion: Fuera Porta, un grito de lucha

The women of the “V.U.D.A.S” collective take us on the path of their struggle, showing the life and transformation of the neighborhood surrounding the Porta Hnos plant, which began to produce bioethanol illegally since 2012, in Córdoba, Argentina. With a state of use on multiple occasions, a strength outside the judicial manuals and, once again, it is they who defend the territory and health of Córdoba, Argentina. An example of dignity, love, unity and strength.

by Florenica Reynos
Language: Spanish


[arts & culture]

Theater: Role Play

One of the key strategies for degrowth is to transform our colonized imaginaries, for this join us all for a role play of degrowth. Let us imagine ourselves in a degrowth bolo/glomo1 and its micro-center: 500 people live degrowth everyday in a neighborhood linked to a piece of agricultural land. We have a fictive online meeting on the Sunday 31 may at 9PM/21h, take a role(s) putting your name and contact in the 4th column of this table, or register to roleplay@candecreix.site (before saturday 12PM) and join us for 1h fictive but inspiring meeting. To prepare yourself, take a breath and imagine yourself in your role(s), and read the description of our world (based on the work of Neustart Schweiz) and the intro presentation. Register, join the meeting in time, labeling your name with your role. For the roleplay it would be great if you put on some special clothing in relation to your role:)

by Francois Schneider

MONDAY, JUNE 1ST - SHAPING COLLABORATIVE STRATEGIES & LOOKING FORWARD

[Panel discussion]
*Up to 5000 participants*

Good Housing for All – Strategies for Social Ecological Transformations of the Housing Sector

The COVID-19 crisis reveals once more that housing is a matter of social distribution of wealth and privileges. The current situation stresses the need to find a common understanding of strategies to realise a social ecological transformation towards degrowth in the context of housing. Overcoming unaffordable, anti-social and unsustainable housing policies and practices in growing cities requires coalitions and networks between actors on multiple scales.

Facilitator: Verena Wolf (WU Vienna, degrowth Vienna)

Speakers:

  • Gabu Heindl
    (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, GABU Heindl Architektur)
  • Anton Brokow-Loga
    (Bauhaus Uni Weimar, Postwachstumstadt.de)
  • Francois Schneider
    (Research & Degrowth)
  • _willi hejda
    (4lthangrund)

Language: English with German translation


[workshop]

Shaping Viennas food System

The Vienna food policy council (FPC, Ernährungsrat Wien) constitutes a civil-society platform for the development of an ecologically and socially sustainable food system for the Viennese city-region. As we believe that the creation and strengthening of a resilient and sustainable food system needs a systemic approach, our activities are linked to the creation of an urban food strategy for Vienna together with the City department of Environmental Protection. “Good food for all”-that is what the Vienna Food Policy Council calls for in its vision. Together we want to enable and demand access to good food for all through our platform. In this workshop we will dedicate ourselves to this topic in depth through a short presentation for our work and then move to an online Discussion. We want to address questions like: How can our vision be realized and implemented in concrete terms in Vienna? Which actors, measures, cooperations, etc. are required? How do we foster actors integration (e.g. civil society initiatives / NGOs, established actors, public sector, ..) and integrations of cross-sectoral activities?

Presenters: Isabella Gusenbauer (Ernährungsrat Wien), Charlotte Kottusch (Ernährungsrat Wien)
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: German


[workshop]

Der K(r)ampf um gemeinwohlorientiertes Geld

Im Workshop reflektieren wir das Vorgehen ausgewählter Geldreforminitiativen für “Vollgeld”, digitales Zentralbankgeld, “grüne” Geldpolitik und ggf. für eine Gemeinwohlbank. Dabei diskutieren wir u. a. Erfolgsfaktoren, Hindernisse und wirkmächtige Hebel- bzw. Kipppunkte in den jeweiligen Bezugskontexten. Damit leistet der Workshop einen Beitrag dazu, Strategien zur sozialen, ökologischen und demokratischen Transformation des bestehenden Geldsystems erfolgsorientiert weiterzuentwickeln.

Presenters: Enrico Schicketanz, M.A. (Universität Wien)
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: German


[standard session]

Practicing Degrowth

A sufficiency assessment: do people think they have enough?
We investigate how individuals think about ‘having enough’ and ‘wanting more’ in the contemporary society on a financial, material and leisure level. Furthermore, we analyze how this relates to people’s relative preference for income versus leisure. Results are based on a Flemish survey (N=1118).
Presenters: Damaris Castro (Ghent University) Language: English

Living degrowth? Investigating degrowth practices through performative methods
Based on recently published research using performative methods Johannes will discuss (i) what it could mean to “live degrowth” by portraying a diverse range of interrelated practices and (ii) attempt to answer how “living degrowth” could be conceptualized as a transformative endeavour.
Presenters: Johannes Brossmann (actinGreen) Language: English

Practice patterns for degrowth
Insights from sociological practice theories, Alexandrian pattern theory, and research on business models conceived as activity systems have been systematically integrated into degrowth research. This integration resulted in a new heuristic device: the ‘practice pattern framework‘ and a corresponding conception of economic activity systems. It allows for comparing and unifying research findings into a consistent format – practice patterns. Practice patterns draw attention towards the functional logic, contextual conditions, requirements, and interrelations organizing human capacity to perform economic activities. Thereby, they facilitate articulating, challenging, transferring, and recombining tacit and dispersed knowledge into actionable knowledge for degrowth.
Presenters: Tobias Froese (ESCP) Language: English

The environmental impact of lifestyles changes, satisfying human needs and grassroots activists
The present work aims to contribute in three major ways- 1) By connecting fundamental human needs by Max-Neef et al to global carbon emissions and their satisfaction. 2) By employing an Environmentally Extended MultiRegional Input-Output (EE-MRIO) to assess the outcomes of massive consumption-related lifestyles changes envisioned by stakeholders via backcasting workshops across Europe. 3) By applying a comprehensive lifestyle survey to assess individual members of sustainability grassroots initiatives and quantify their ability and hindrance to overcome structural constrains to reduce their footprint while enhancing life satisfaction. Our results suggest that initiative members uncover lifestyle features that not only enable lower emissions, but also reconcile emissions with income and well-being.
Presenters: Gibran Vita (Open University of the Netherlands) Language: English

[workshop]
*Up to 5000 participants*

Between conversion and automotive consensus. Results of a transdisciplinary research project on the role of employees in the transformation of Austrian automotive industry.

In this Special Session, results of the CON-LABOUR research project will be presented, which during more than two years explored the opportunities and challenges of a social-ecological transformation in the Austrian automotive industry from the perspective of employees and their representations. We provide insight into the political economy of Austrian supplier industry and reflect on the political and institutional framework conditions for a successful transformation. The main part of the presentation offers insights into the employees’ perceptions of crisis and transformation, which were obtained through qualitative interviews with works councils and trade unions. We argue that a focus on employees is central to counteract the antagonism of climate protection and safeguarding of jobs, as well as to increase the legitimacy of transformation processes in the industrial workforce.

Presenters: Melanie Pichler (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna), Markus Wissen (Berlin School of Economics and Law), Nora Krenmayr (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna)
Language: English with German translation


[consecutive session]

Degrowth’s digital presence – moving forward – Part 1

We want to engage various digital degrowth actors in conversation to coordinate their efforts and find constructive ways of moving forward together. Concretely, we will host a consecutive session on degrowth’s digital presence broadly and then focus it on how degrowth.info, degrowth.net, and R&D can (better) support the movement digitally, by dividing goals and task, and strategically using degrowth.info’s upcoming web overhaul.

Presenters: Andro Rilović (degrowth.info), Constanza Hepp (degrowth.info),  Joe Herbert, Joëlle Saey-Volckrick, Nick Andrian 
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: English



[workshop]

Solidarity Economy, Economic Democracy and Degrowth

The workshop focuses on the contribution of solidarity economy (SSE) to a degrowth perspective. What are strategies for solidarity economy as an approach to economic democracy and how can linkages between various actors be strenghtened? The workshop aims at fostering a process of strategic reflection taking into account practical international experiences from SSE as well as COVID-19 related challenges, and asks: What are elements of a theory of change towards a degrowth solidarity economy?

Presenters: Drazen Simlesa (RIPESS – Solidarity Economy Europe), Anna Vobruba (Association of Solidarity Economy, Vienna), Andrea*s Exner (Regional Center of Expertise Graz-Styria), Markus Blümel (ksoe, Vienna)
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: English


[workshop]

„GENerative Communities” – Global Ecovillage Network values

Get inspired through embodied learning of sustainability and regeneration from the experiences of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) for a truly sustainable and regenerative life in your own group, organization, neighborhood, village, town or city. The workshop will provide an interactive exchange on the GEN concepts, using the GEN cards, which visualize principles and practices of regenerative living, including various aspects of ecological, social, economic and cultural transformation.

Presenters: Peter Gringinger (GEN, Gaia Education, Greenskills), Orsolya Lelkes (GEN)
Max. number of participants: 25
Language: English


[standard session]

Agriculture, Gardens, Commoning

Rural degrowth futures? Ideas & experiences of a ‘good life’
This presentation examines motivations and experiences of people who moved into rural areas from other (mainly urban) areas, specifically to the remote island of Yakushima in Japan. The aim is to discuss how they shed light to new notions of a good life and living in a de-/post-growth Japan.
Presenters: Sachiko Ishihara (Uppsala University) Language: English

Commoning in community gardens – commoning toward nature?
The presentation explores how the principles of the commons among human beings (reciprocity, mutuality, solidarity) can be broadened toward more-than-human beings through the experiences of an urban garden in Budapest, Hungary created in an action-oriented research.
Presenters: Orsolya Lazanyi (Corvinus University of Budapest | Cargonomia) Language: English

Practices as a basis for strategy formulation: insights from three eco-communities in France and Spain
This paper highlights practices as a key category for strategizing about and enabling socio-ecological transformation towards degrowth. Its insights are derived from ethnographic fieldwork in three eco-communities in Southern France and Catalonia, all oriented towards, broad-speaking, post-capitalist ideals. Rather than concrete utopias to duplicate, it is argued here that paying attention to the empirical fine grain forms a promising basis for larger-scale strategizing.
Presenters: Elisa Schramm (University of Oxford) Language: English

Shaping social-ecological food systems with agroecology
Failing to provide universal access to adequate food within planetary boundaries the global food systems needs a radical transformation. This contribution critically examines dominant reformist approaches and analyses the potentials of agroecology as a strategy for shaping sustainable food systems.
Presenters: Daniel Gusenbauer (Vienna University of Economics and Business (MSc candidate)
Language: English

[Special Session]
*Up to 5000 participants*

Book Presentation:
“Cities of Dignity” and “Towards a Political Economy of Degrowth”

“Cities of Dignity” presents seven successful strategies of such urban transformation toward more democratic, sustainable, socially equitable and antipatriarchal relations from below in a series of case studies: the self-determination and organization of slum dwellers in Buhj in India; Black-led urban commons in Birmingham, Jackson, and Detroit in the U.S.; the San Roque popular market in Quito, Ecuador; the 15th Garden food sovereignty network in Syria; the resistance of slum dwellers of Maroko and Mokoko in Lagos, Nigeria; the communitarian currency experimentation in Kenya; and the resistance of Izidora community in Belo Horizonte, Brasil. Many important lessons for social-ecological transformation toward societies that leave the growth imperative behind can be drawn from these seven urban experiences.

How to move forward in an informed way, without reproducing the existing hierarchies and injustices? How not to end up in a situation when ecological sustainability is the prerogative of the privileged, direct democracy is ignorant of environmental issues, and localisation of production is xenophobic? These are some of the questions that have inspired the edited collection “Towards a Political Economy of Degrowth”. Bringing degrowth into dialogue with critical social theories, covering previously unexplored geographical contexts and discussing some of the most contested concepts in degrowth, the book hints at informed paths towards socio-ecological transformation.

Facilitator: Lena Gerdes

Presenters: Mabrouka Mbarek, Stefania Barca, Max Koch, Emanuele Leonardi, Giorgos Velegrakis,

Language: English with German translation


[workshop]

Let’s Talk: Debt meets Degrowth

The idea of the workshop Let’s Talk: Debt Meets Degrowth is to bring closer together two interlinked (international) communities, one working on debt and the other on degrowth, that share the same policy agenda, but had not had many opportunities to advance their common strategic debates. Many conferences and debates on debt or degrowth have taken place, but without sufficient communication and collaboration between the two communities. To build on this momentum and bring cooperation to a new, stronger and more creative level, therefore invited actors from the debt and degrowth movements come together and talk, share their understanding of ongoing work, exchange their experience in political and social organizing and, most importantly, discuss possibilities for collaboration. The Covid-19 crisis is already unleashing a debt crisis in the global South. How can calls for a debt jubilee be amplified by the degrowth movement, and how will policies employed in the global North in the wake of Covid-19 support, rather than further derail a just transition in the South? We are currently in the midst of a climate emergency. Economic growth is a fundamental driver of climate and ecological breakdown. Now more than ever, we must move beyond GDP growth as a measure of societal well-being in order to reduce the material and energy throughput of our economy and move towards greater social justice. Our current debt-fuelled monetary and financial system, however, presents a pro-growth bias while fostering inequality and instability. Therefore, the status quo of money and finance is one of the impasses to achieving an environmentally sustainable and socially just economy. It is essential that we develop a deep understanding of the links between money, growth, environment and inequality, and collaborate in our efforts to identify avenues for further research and action on money and finance. Such avenues may include, for example, green investment programmes, public banking, overt monetary financing, complementary currencies, modern debt jubilees, and international monetary reform. In bringing together thought-leaders in this field, we hope to have a productive conversation about where we ought to focus our efforts in escaping growth dependency.

Presenters: Tilman Hartley (ICTA, AUB), Mark Perera (EURODAD), Ajda Pistotnik (EnaBanda Association), TBA (Positive Money)
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: English with German translation


[consecutive session]

Degrowth’s digital presence – moving forward – Part 2

We want to engage various digital degrowth actors in conversation to coordinate their efforts and find constructive ways of moving forward together. Concretely, we will host a consecutive session on degrowth’s digital presence broadly and then focus it on how degrowth.info, degrowth.net, and R&D can (better) support the movement digitally, by dividing goals and task, and strategically using degrowth.info’s upcoming web overhaul.

Presenters: Andro Rilović (degrowth.info), Constanza Hepp (degrowth.info),  Silva Joe, Herbert Joëlle Saey-Volckrick, Nick Andrian
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: English


[workshop]

Degrowth of Aviation – Staying Grounded in a Just Way

With the escalating climate crisis and growing climate movement, the climate impact of aviation is being increasingly discussed. Still, its overall impact is downplayed and aviation is not effectively covered by international climate governance. Due to the coronavirus air travel has come to an unexpected halt. A large part of the global aircraft fleet is grounded now, but airlines are already preparing to return to business as usual after the crisis, receiving billions in bailouts from taxpayers’ money. So how can we make sure that the grounded planes stay on the ground? While it has been clear to the climate justice movement and civil society that “green growth” of aviation is and will be an illusion, clear steps leading to effectively reducing the negative environmental and social impacts of aviation have been missing so far. How can a reduction of aviation and its climate impact be achieved in a just way? To fill this gap, more than 150 experts and civil society participants discussed different measures in July 2019, during the conference “Degrowth of Aviation” in Barcelona. The outcomes of the conference and further discussions led to the publication of a report with the same title. It is aimed to spark more campaigns and policies to tackle aviation’s climate impact in a just way. The workshop will only briefly touch on the general problems of aviation, its climate impact and other environmental and social impacts. During the session we would like to cover all the categories of measures in the “Degrowth of Aviation” report, present them and evaluate them more in-depth with the participants. We want to discuss questions about the feasibility, effectivity and efficiency of certain measures, as well as questions about justice and transformative potential: do certain measures work within the system or contribute to a certain extent to a systemic change.

Presenters: Manuel Grebenjak (Stay Grounded), Magdalena Heuwieser
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: English


[workshop]

Community Cargobike Sharing: Cargobikes as convivial commons infrastructure

This session will focus on community bike kitchens and cargo bicycle collectives, especially those working to promote the everyday usage of cargobikes for citizens through self organized sharing networks. The session will introduce Cargonomia from Budapest which since 2015 has operated as a DIY bicycle kitchen, self-organized and managed community space and distribution point for locally produced organic vegetable boxes while managing the first community cargobike sharing platform in Hungary.

Presenters: Logan Strenchock (Cargonomia/Central European University)
Max. number of participants: 100
Language: English

[Panel discussion]
*Up to 5000 participants*

Strategies for the Transformation of Work – Degrowth perspectives

This panel assembles experts from research and practice to discuss strategies for a degrowth transformation of work, spanning the whole flourishing degrowth repertoire: Work time reduction and work-sharing, UBI and UBS, social infrastructure, cooperatives, workers’ self-management, just transition and trade union perspectives, sectoral transformation and selective degrowth, as well as postwork perspectives. Which strategies are needed to bring these ideas forward on the political agenda, and these actors acting?

Facilitator: Melanie Pichler – Researcher and lecturer at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Speakers:

  • Juliet Schor
    Professor of Sociology, Boston College (USA)
  • Will Stronge
    Researcher in Politics and Philosophy at the University of Brighton; Co-director of the thinktank Autonomy
  • Anna Daimler
    Trade unionist and general secretary of the Austrian “Transport and Service Trade Union” VIDA
  • Nikolina Rajkovic
    Labour activist and researcher at the Institute for Political Ecology (IPE) in Zagreb, Croatia

Language: English with German translation


 

[consecutive session]

Monetary and financial systems for a degrowth society Part 1

The objective is to equip with and co-create a basic knowledge on the monetary and financial system in a degrowth perspective and to devise strategies for an implementation of practices compatible with a degrowth society. The consecutive session is organized around two sessions and three moments: in session 1 we examine (1) the problems of our current monetary and financial systems in the perspective of degrowth and (2) the proposals for change to those systems in session 2.

Presenters: Ernest Aigner (Institute for Ecological Economics, WU Vienna), David Barmes (Positive Money UK and WU Vienna), Christina Buczko (Academy of the Cooperative for the Common Good), Alfred Eibl (Attac Deutschland), Louison Cahen-Fourot (Institute for Ecological Economics, WU Vienna), Anne Löscher (Department for Pluralist Economics, University of Siegen), Colleen Schneider (Institute for Ecological Economics, WU Vienna)
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: English


[consecutive session]

Strategies for Degrowth Housing Part 1

Alliances of actors and initiatives within the field of housing are essential to creating social and ecological justice. This Consecutive Session thus aims at developing collaborative strategies for social ecological transformation in the field of housing. In the first part of the Consecutive Session, various actors and initiatives in the field of Housing and Commoning and Self-organisation will present their strategies which will be discussed within the framework of the degrowth city (c.f. https://postwachstumsstadt.de) .

Presenters: Gudrun Pollak (HabiTat), Constance Weiser (greenskills), Florian Humer (HabiTat), Anton Brokow-Loga (Postwachstumsstadt.de), Francois Schneider (Research & Degrowth), Hannah Mueller (WU Vienna), Lisette von Maltzahn (SEC BOKU Vienna)
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: English


[workshop]

Degrowth und die Kritik am Zins und Geldsystem

Der Workshop wendet sich an Aktive in sozialen Bewegungen, die jenseits von Schlagwort-Debatten wie ‘verkürzte Kapitalismus-Kritik’ oder ‘schaffendes und raffendes Kapital’ verstehen wollen, warum die Diskussion von Fragen unseres Geldsystems einerseits durchaus ein wichtiger Bestandteil im Ringen um Wege in eine Postwachstumsgesellschaft sein sollte, bei dieser Debatte aber auch erhebliche Gefahren lauern, die auf logischen Fehlschlüssen fußen, aber nichtsdestotrotz in der Geschichte immer wieder verheerende Wirkung entfalteten, z.B. beim Aufstieg des Nationalsozialismus in der ersten Hälfte des letzten Jahrhunderts.

Presenters: Stephan Lindner
Max. number of participants: 30
Language: German

Gudrun Pollak (HabiTat), Constance Weiser (greenskills), Florian Humer (HabiTat), Anton Brokow-Loga (Postwachstumsstadt.de), Francois Schneider (Research & Degrowth), Hannah Mueller (WU Vienna), Lisette von Maltzahn (SEC BOKU Vienna)

[standard session]
* up to 5000 participants*

Resources and Energy

The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition – Strategies for Social-Ecological Transformation
My presentation focuses on strategies toward social-ecological transformation, undertaken by The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC) in West Virginia, to protect the mountain ecosystems and culture of Central Appalachia. OVEC has successfully fought polluters for over 30 years. The organization’s work is supported by volunteers/members, board of directors, staff members, and ordinary citizens united by the common goal: to create a sustainable economy that links a holistic lifestyle to environmental protection. Currently, OVEC’s major work is resisting the Appalachian Storage Hub (ASH/petrochemical complex and insisting on the build-up of renewable energy sources. The thematic focus on my presentation is promotion of a cleaner and safer energy, essential for the transition to a sustainable economy in Central Appalachia. Much of OVEC’s work is about addressing climate emergency by protecting air, land, water, and communities from deep shale oil and gas drilling (fracking) activities.
Presenters: Ida Day (Marshall University, Huntington, WV) Language: English with German translation

Fair carbon budgets and fair counting as levers for Degrowth
Paris obligations make the inevitability of consumption reductions for affluent societies undeniable if we combine 3 non-radical demands: 1) equal per-capita allocation of the global carbon budget, 2) accounting for carbon footprints of imports/exports, 3) non-reliance on yet unproven technologies.
Presenters: Jefim Vogel (Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds) Language: English with German translation

Design Patterns for Degrowth Information Networks
How might we design a ‘degrowth’ information infrastructure that enables the rapid, convivial global coordination we urgently need, while respecting and enhancing the dignity, sovereignty, and autonomy we desire? A survey of promising new designs, technologies open questions and challenges.
Presenters: Don Blair (Edge Collective) Language: English with German translation


[consecutive session]

Monetary and financial systems for a degrowth society Part 2

The objective is to equip with and co-create a basic knowledge on the monetary and financial system in a degrowth perspective and to devise strategies for an implementation of practices compatible with a degrowth society. The consecutive session is organized around two sessions and three moments: in session 1 we examine (1) the problems of our current monetary and financial systems in the perspective of degrowth and (2) the proposals for change to those systems in session 2.

Presenters: Ernest Aigner (Institute for Ecological Economics, WU Vienna), David Barmes (Positive Money UK and WU Vienna), Christina Buczko (Academy of the Cooperative for the Common Good), Alfred Eibl (Attac Deutschland), Louison Cahen-Fourot (Institute for Ecological Economics, WU Vienna), Anne Löscher (Department for Pluralist Economics, University of Siegen), Colleen Schneider (Institute for Ecological Economics, WU Vienna)
Max. number of participants: 30

Language: English


[consecutive session]

Strategies for Degrowth Housing Part 2

This the second part of the Consecutive Session on Strategies for Degrowth Housing. Part two will provide room for discussing the various strategies presented in the first part – what are common grounds, where are possibilities for collaboration, and which are necessary framework conditions to achieve transformation?

Presenters: Gudrun Pollak (HabiTat), Constance Weiser (greenskills), Florian Humer (HabiTat), Anton Brokow-Loga (Postwachstumsstadt.de), Francois Schneider (Research & Degrowth), Hannah Mueller (WU Vienna), Lisette von Maltzahn (SEC BOKU Vienna)
Language: English


[workshop]

Tracing Strategies and Social Theories of Change of Communities of Practice in the Agri-Food System

Worldwide agri-food system(s) are under great pressure to transform in hindsight of the many well-documented anthropogenic issues as well as socio-economic problems. This workshop aims to map ongoing initiatives of communities of practice directed towards social-ecological transformation(s) of the agri-food system. Fostering a lively exchange on the experiences with different applied strategies, we want to uncover social theories of change and their emancipatory and transformative potential.

Presenters: Ariane Götz (University of Kassel), Karen Schewina (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main)
Max. number of participants: 20
Language: English


[workshop]

Degrowth Feminism: Strategies for Everyday Practices

The workshop seeks to counteract the sense of political depression by emphasizing the political relevance of everyday practices for degrowth, earthly survival, and future planetary wellbeing. The workshop sets out to repoliticize the feminist slogan of “the personal is political” and redefines this collectively for degrowth feminism and its eco-justice goals for liberation from the economic growth regime. The woman-nature nexus that has been at the core of the patriarchal ideology of modernity, will be re-examined to foreground the inseparability of humans and nature. (Female) bodies and nature as linked sites of feminist struggles and practices for eco-social justice offer a perspective on the profound interconnectedness of bodies and the environment, as our bodies are our environment, which we touch, breathe, ingest, and share. Degrowth feminism focuses on the reproductive crisis and the multiple interlocking crises of care as diagnosed by Marxist feminist and activist Silvia Federici. In particular, the interest is on promoting intersectional social and environmental justice by paying close attention to the racial, gendered, and classed politics of reproduction and care as highlighted by decolonial feminist and activist Françoise Vergès. The workshop “Degrowth Feminism: Strategies for Everyday Practices” will write a collective manifesto bringing together consciousness strategies and practices. We will employ an online tool so we can write collectively. The workshop facilitators will prepare quotes by thinkers and theorists like Vandana Shiva, Chaone Mallory, Françoise Vergès, and the Feminisms and Degrowth Alliance. Workshop participants can receive the quotes in advance to find inspiration for the collective writing process.

Presenters: Elke Krasny (‘Academy of Fine Arts Vienna), Sophie Lingg (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna), Magdalena Fritsch (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna), Claudia Lomoschitz (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)
Max. number of participants: 15
Language: German

Gudrun Pollak (HabiTat), Constance Weiser (greenskills), Florian Humer (HabiTat), Anton Brokow-Loga (Postwachstumsstadt.de), Francois Schneider (Research & Degrowth), Hannah Mueller (WU Vienna), Lisette von Maltzahn (SEC BOKU Vienna)

[Panel discussion]
*Up to 5000 participants*

Today – Tomorrow: Reflections on the conference & how to move forward

 

The aim of the Degrowth Vienna 2020 conference is to integrate expertise and elaborate promising strategies for a socially and ecologically just transformation. This panel aims to bring together the multiple facets of the conference by reflecting upon highlights, lessons learned and shortcomings. The second part of the panel discusses of how to move forward. Putting strategy, the how, on the agenda of the degrowth movement will raise questions of possible reorientations or new directions for the movement. Further, we will consider concrete next steps and reflect on how to incorporate these learnings in our work, organizing and actions.

Facilitator:  Christian Kerschner – Assistant Professor at Modul University Vienna

Speakers:

  • Viviana Asara
    Assistant Professor, Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development, WU Vienna
  • Nina Treu
    Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie, Leipzig (Germany)
  • Tonny Nowshin
    Degrowth and climate justice activist
  • Halliki Kreinin
    Teaching and Research Associate, Ecological Economics Institute, WU Vienna

Language: English with German translation

[arts & culture]

DJane

Antonia XM
ANTONIA XM is a DJ, musician and the curator of the label Ashida Park. She is an integral part of viennese alternative club culture.