Learning synthesis from the Latin American Degrowth Forum

What does degrowth mean in the Latin American context? In 2020, a series of six self-organized encounters attempted to dive into this question. Each meeting reflected the metaphor of the agricultural process: from sowing to harvesting. Among the conclusions was a unanimous desire to put into practice ‘other ways of inhabiting the world’, valuing the knowledge of the original peoples and inhabitants of the continent.

Degrowth Vienna 2020 – Practicing Degrowth

Standard session (discussion following 4 presentations)

  1.  A sufficiency assessment: do people think they have enough? Video
    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)
  2. Living degrowth? Investigating degrowth practices through performative methods Video
    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)
  3. 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)
  4. The environmental impact of lifestyles changes, satisfying human needs and grassroots activists  Video
    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)

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Degrowth Vienna 2020 – Living degrowth? Investigating degrowth practices through performative methods

Presentation [Part of the standard session “Practicing Degrowth“]

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

Technical Details: Standard O_Johannes Brossmann_Living degrowth_ Investigating degrowth practices through performative methods.mp4

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Degrowth Vienna 2020 – The environmental impact of lifestyles changes, satisfying human needs and grassroots activists

Presentation [Part of the standard session “Practicing Degrowth“]

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

Technical Details: Standard O_Gibran Vita_The environmental impact of lifestyles changes, satisfying human needs and grassroots activists.mp4

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Degrowth Vienna 2020 – Civil disobedience as a strategy for degrowth

Workshop

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)

Language: English

Technical details: WS A14_Civil disobedience as a strategy for degrowth.mp4, MPEG-4 video, 82.7MB

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Degrowth Vienna 2020 – Bursting Platform

Special session

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: 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

Technical details:
SP A6_Bursting Platform_Introduction Ajda Pistotnik.mp4, 39.9 MB
SP A6_Lana Zdravković _Emancipatory Politics.mp4, 466 MB
SP A6_Maša Hawina_Housing.mp4, 191 MB

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Degrowth Vienna 2020 – Buen vivir in Germany

Presentation [part of the standard session “Regional Transformations”]

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 Krüger (Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS))

Language: English

Technical details: Standard A3_TIMMO KRÜGER_Buen Vivir in Germany.mp4, MPEG-4 video, 37.5 MB

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Commons against and beyond capitalism

Abstract: This essay contrasts the logic underlining the production of ‘commons’ with the logic of capitalist relations, and describes the conditions under which ‘commons’ become the seeds of a society beyond state and market. It also warns against the danger that ‘commons’ may be coopted to provide low-cost forms of reproduction, and discusses how this outcome can be prevented.

Community Development Journal, Vol 49, No S1, January 2014, pp. i92– i105

‘Saving’ the city: Collective low‐budget organizing and urban practice

This special issue of ephemera is focused on recent research that aims to map, describe, and track the social practices of collective organising on a low budget in cities today.

Degrowth Vienna 2020 – How to communicate & organize the Degrowth movement better

Presentation [part of the standard session “Communicating Degrowth“]

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 with translation to German

Technical details: Standard A2_Vegard Beyer_How to communicate & organize the Degrowth ovement better.mp4, MPEG-4 video, 82.6MB

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Degrowth Vienna 2020 – Enacting (de)growth in research practices

Presentation [part of the standard session “Theories of Degrowth 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

Technical details: Presentation_Ruth_Falkenberg_David_Fox_A6.mp4, MPEG-4 video, 51.0MB

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Degrowth Vienna 2020 – Theories of Degrowth Practices

Standard session (discussion following 2 presentations)

  1. 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
  2. Enacting (de)growth in research practices – video
    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, David Fox

Language: English

Technical details: Standard A6_Theories of Degrowth Parctices_Ruth Falkenberg and discussion_trimmed.mkv, MPEG-4 video, 56.8MB

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Degrowth Vienna 2020 – Citizens’ Assemblies: A Lever for Political Change

Presentation [part of the standard session “Theories of Transformation“]

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 with translation to German

Technical details: Standard A4_Mira Puetz_Citizens’ Assemblies_ A Lever for Political Change.mp4, MPEG-4 video, 60.6MB

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Degrowth Vienna 2020 – Strategic Approaches: an Overview

Panel debate

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
Speakers: Panos Petridis, Nilda Inkermann, Katya Chertkovskaya

Technical details: Strategic Approaches_Panel.mp4, MPEG-4 video, 569.6MB

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First North-South Conference on Degrowth-Descrecimiento, México City 2018 – Waste as wealth: Edinburgh’s Shurb coop

This presentation explains what the SHRUB coop does to reduce & re-use “waste”, to educate the public, and to create community.