Degrowth in Movements: Artivism | P2P Foundation

Artivism is not really a movement. It’s more an attitude, a practice which exists on the fertile edges between art and activism. It comes into being when creativity and resistance collapse into each other. It’s what happens when our political actions become as beautiful as poems and as effective as a perfectly designed tool. Artivism is the Clown Army kissing riot shields to push the police away; it’s the Yes Men secretly infiltrating the world’s media pretending to be corporate mouthpieces; it’s when flocks of flamenco dancers shut down banks promoting austerity in Spain; it’s when the Brandalism collective hacks hundreds of bus shelters in the midst of a state of emergency and replaces the adverts with radical messages. What it’s definitely not about is making political art, art about an issue, such as a performance about the refugee crisis, or a video about an uprising. It is not about showing new perceptions of the world, but about changing it. Refusing representation, artivism chooses direct action.

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Video: Giorgos Kallis and Jeroen van den Bergh debate a-growth or degrowth

A 1 hour and 3 minutes video of Giorgos Kallis and Jeroen van den Bergh debating a-growth or degrowth in Barcelona.

Apparently there is a good summary in the first 25 minutes.

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Peer to Peer: A path to Commons Transition

Michael Beuwens and Vasilis Kostakis, 12 January 2017

[An important contribution to a “macro” vision for degrowth?]

What is P2P? And why is it important in building a commons-centric future? These are the questions we try to answer, by tying together four of its aspects:

  1. P2P is a type of social relations in human networks;
  2. P2P is also a technological infrastructure that makes the generalization and scaling up of such relations possible;
  3. P2P thus enables a new mode of production and exchange;
  4. P2P creates the potential for a transition to an economy that can be generative towards people and nature.

We believe that these four aspects will profoundly change human society. P2P ideally describes systems in which any human being can contribute to the creation and maintenance of a shared resource, while benefiting from it. There is an enormous variety of such systems: from the free encyclopedia Wikipedia to free/open-software projects, to open design and hardware communities, to relocalization initiatives and community currencies.

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Degrowth and Transition debated on Dominican TV show

Transition Network’s Naresh Giangrande was recently in Dominica in the Caribbean, and while there he was part of a show with Earthbook TV which brought him together with Richard Swift, author of ‘SOS Alternatives to Capitalism’ and an editor of the New Internationalist Magazine. The whole thing was presented by Jessica Canham and Timothy Speaks Fishleigh at the Earthbook retreat centre in the mountains of Dominica. A fascinating discussion ensued. [34

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(Re)Inventing The Future with Nick Srnicek | P2P Foundation

This P2P blog is definitely worth subscribing to.

by Stacco Troncoso

We continue the conversation on Universal Basic Income, this time with Demand the Future co-author Nick Srnicek. For more P2P-perspectives on Srnicek’s work, accelerationism and Demand the Future, please follow this link. Originally published in the From Alpha to Omega podcast.

In the interview we cover the first half of the book, which takes a critical look at the functioning of the political left today, and a deep look at the history, strategy and tactics of the neoliberals as a counterpoint. I hope to have Alex back on the show in the near future to discuss the second half of the book, which is much less critique and more ‘what is to be done’. Us leftie’s need to get beyond critique, and that includes this show.

You can find Nick and Alex’s book here:

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Degrowth in movement(s) More English texts now available

Note English texts have been uploaded now.

Degrowth is not just a new term for an ongoing discussion on alternatives, and not just an academic debate, but also an emerging social movement. What common proposals, but also which contradictions, oppositions and tensions exist? What alliances could be possible?

In 32 essays, representatives of different social movements, currents or initiatives discuss these and other questions in German and English

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Laudato Si’ as signalling towards Degrowth |

By now, there are likely few who have not heard of Pope Francis’s recent encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si’”. And as many of the readers of this blog might already know, the Spanish and Italian versions contain what appears to be a direct endorsement of degrowth: the use of the term „decrecimiento“ (sp) and „decrescita“ (it), even if this is watered down to „decreased growth“ (en) and „Rezession“ (ger) in other translations. But whether or not „degrowth“ would make a better translation of the Pope’s intended meaning, much more significant than a single word is the manner in which the letter as a whole points in direction of the territory constituted by the thinkers and activists of degrowth. The present text offers some brief reflections on how this is the case.

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