I haven’t read the book but it sounds interesting.
Amazon: 303 pages US$14.50 to rent, US$31 to buy Kindle version, Paperback US$45
This book explores the ‘craft of use’, the cultivated, ordinary and ingenious ideas and practices that promote satisfying and resourceful use of garments, presenting them as an alternative, dynamic, experiential frame with which to articulate and foster sustainability in the fashion sector.
Here Kate Fletcher provides a broad imagining of sustainability in fashion that gives attention to tending and wearing garments, and favours their use as much as their creation. She offers a diversified view of fashion beyond the market and the market’s purpose and reveals fashion provision and expression in a world not dependent on continuous consumption.
Framing design and use as a single whole, the book uncovers a more contingent and time-dependent role for design in sustainability, recognizing that garments, while sold as a product, are lived as a process. Drawing from stories and portrait photography that document the ways in which members of the public from across three continents use their clothes, and the work of seven international design teams seeking to amplify these use practices, Craft of Use presents a changed social narrative for fashion, borne out of ideas of satisfaction and interdependence, of action, knowledge and human agency, that glimpses fashion post-growth.
In a recent article with Stefan Drews, we discussed why degrowth might be an unfortunate name and slogan for the alternative economics movement. We listed several expressions that could possibly be better, but we were also upfront about their disadvantages. Here I propose a new term that might combine the advantages of the word degrowthwith those of its more positive alternatives.
Link to a database of over 500 of these bright spots or seeds of good Anthropocenes. They include projects that link human health to healthy forests, such as the Health In Harmony project in Indonesia, or, closer to home, the Hudson River Valley’s Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and its Young Farmers Conference.
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION (papers and panels)
We invite you to join the 2nd Gathering of The Workers’ Economy, North America, Central America and Caribbean Region, taking place from the 3rd to the 5th of November, 2016 in Mexico City.
This gathering builds on the experiences of the previous five international gatherings of The Workers’ Economy in Buenos Aires (2007, 2009); Mexico City (2011); João Pessoa, Brazil (2013), and Venezuela (2015); and the regional gatherings in Europe, in the Fralib worker-recuperated factory in Marseille (2014); in South America, in the Textiles Pigüe worker-recuperated factory in Argentina (2014); and in North America at the Universidad Obrera de Ciudad de México, (2014). (For details, see: http://www.recuperadasdoc.com.ar)
The Gatherings of “The Workers’ Economy” are encuentros, spaces for collaborative knowledge sharing and debate. They embrace the collaborative participation of workers, activists, cultural promoters, scholars, those involved in socio-political struggle, and anyone interested in social transformation, and is broadly grounded on the economy of self-management by labor. They aim to bring to the fore working-class struggles against capital and as an alternative to the economic and political domination of the global capitalist system.
To overcome the systemic crisis of humanity and Mother Earth we must turn to indigenous ecological concepts, says Pablo Solón in his new book
In his balance sheet of Bolivia’s “process of change,” published recently on Richard’s site, Bolivian intellectual and activist Pablo Solón advanced some proposals for a new course inspired by the ideas of Vivir Bien, a philosophy associated with the indigenous peoples of the Andean countries of South America. In a book published in August, Solón elaborates on these ideas in presenting what he terms a “systemic alternative,” one of many on offer today, he says, such as ecosocialism, degrowth, ecofeminism, etc.
Richard Fidler’s introduction to and an English translation of the book is posted at the link below and a 30 page pdf version of the English translation is available here.
A pdf of the Spanish original can be found here.
See also my December 2011 Development article “Pachacuti: Indigenous perspectives, buen vivir, sumaq kawsay and degrowth”
My earlier version of this (pdf) was presented as a paper at the Second International Degrowth Conference in March 2010 in Barcelona
John Feffer – Foreign Policy In Focus.
Growth associated with innovation would not likely create a lot of jobs or spread its benefits widely, at least judging by what has happened over the last decade or so in Silicon Valley. There is another more radical option. South Korea can reinvent itself. It can redefine growth away from reliance on such statistics as GDP and instead link prosperity to environmental sustainability, income equality, cultural expression, community health, and individual freedom. It could stress well-being, a concept that already has wide currency in Korean culture.
This would not be an easy transformation. The chaebols would have to redefine their mission. The government would have to take its foot off the gas pedal. And Koreans would have to retire the ppali-ppali spirit.
People who would never dream of killing an albatross or a whale shark are prepared to let others do so on their behalf, so that they may eat whatever fish they fancy. People who could not bring themselves to gut a chicken are happy to commission the disposal of entire ecosystems. On the Guardian’s website you can read about the global collapse of tuna populations – then, in a recipe published the following day, learn how to prepare a tuna salad, without a word about the implications.