Threads

The conference addressed the following three thematic threads:

1. Organizing society

Emancipatory politics. Participation. Institutions.

‘Your recession is not our degrowth’ – this motto of the degrowth movement claims a different understanding of how the economy should work and the society be organized. Institutions can no longer rely on economic growth for their (democratic) stabilization, although they largely depend on and promote it. What historical developments and mechanisms have led to the blind growth-dependency in politics and institutions? How can we guarantee and strengthen democratic decision-making during economic transformation and beyond it? And which old and new forms of participation and interaction are necessary to achieve this transformation? In the light of the current crisis in Europe and diverse global challenges, these questions are urgent.

The thread „Organizing Society“ can cover the following debates and topics:

2. Building a social and ecological economy

(Re)productivity. Commons. Society-nature relations.

In our current economic system, reproductive activities are at the same time exploited and taken for granted as free gifts. This includes care work mainly provided by women, subsistence and non-commercial farming practices, as well as the reproductive services delivered by nature. Although these are the foundations for the so-called “economy”, they are not considered when it comes to the generation of economic value. The concept of a social and ecological economy questions and rethinks the separation between paid labour and other social activities.

The thread „Building a social and ecological economy “ can cover the following debates and topics:

3. Living conviviality

Buen vivir. Open knowledge. Convivial technology.

According to Ivan Illich, “conviviality” is “individual freedom realized in personal interdependence”. It means living together peacefully in a creative and (collectively) self-determined way. It is one of the leading ideals for a just and participatory degrowth path. Instead of designing institutions and technologies to serve the productivity and efficiency of a profit-based economy, they should be designed to support convivial living.

The thread „Living conviviality“ can cover the following debates and topics: