‘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.

First North-South Conference on Degrowth-Descrecimiento, México City 2018 – Sustainable structures of living together and degrowth in the energy sector

This presentation outlines an approach to imagine an energy policy break from the growth status quo.

How to beat coronavirus capitalism?

An online teach-in with Naomi Klein, Astra Taylor, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, with a musical performance by Lia Rose.

The current crisis is laying bare the extreme injustices and inequalities of our economic and social system. We are in a battle of visions for how we’re going to respond to this crisis. We will either be catapulted backward to an even more brutal winner-takes-all system — or this will be a wake-up call. Ideas that were dismissed as too radical just a week ago are starting to seem like the only reasonable path to get out of this crisis and prevent future ones. We need to use every tool that we have that allows us to hear each other’s voices, to read each other’s words, to see each other’s faces, even if it’s just on screens, to stay organized and stay connected. We have to create spaces where we’re able to deliberate and strategize about what it means to protect our neighbors, our rights, and our planet. We have to have the confidence to say this is the moment when we change everything.

Old Man on a Bike: a story of how cycling keeps us all young

Mark Cramer, commentator on the subject of cycling into later life and best practice infrastructure has released a new book filled with incredible stories of how cycling contributes positively to society the world over.

Over 300 ‘How to Guides’ to Help You Share More in Your Community

A list of over 300 manuals for living a post-growth life.

How to start a repair café?

Shareable’s guide to setting up a repair café.

Beyond the growth gospel

Aaron Timms shares his impressions of the Degrowth Summer school, and life at Can Decreix in Cerbère.

This article appeared in The New Republic, on January 27th 2020

Who can challenge the imperial mode of living? The terrain of struggles for social-ecological transformation in the German population

This contribution draws on empirical evidence from the 2016 wave of the survey “Environmental Consciousness in Germany” to identify the potential social bases of both support for and resistance to attempts to overcome the current socio-ecological crisis by way of a broad social-ecological transformation. Firstly, the results of factor and cluster analyses of the survey’s items on attitudes are presented in the form of a typology of ten “syndromes” of discernibly different basic attitudes toward questions of sustainability and change. Basic sociodemographic information on each cluster is given, and each type is scrutinised more closely concerning its attitudes and reported practices in matters related to energy and the German energy transition (Energiewende), as a proxy for their respective stances concerning a broader, more fundamental transformation. By locating the clusters within Bourdieu’s two-dimensional model of social space (on a vertical “power axis” and a horizontal “modernisation axis”), it is then possible to reconstruct the current constellation of struggles between pro- and anti-transformation forces in the German population. Results indicate that resistance to transformation is not simply a matter of attitudes, but indeed deeply rooted in the infrastructures of the “imperial mode of living” and the specific ways social groups are integrated into them. Instead of “raising consciousness”, transformational strategies should therefore focus on leading the struggles that will be necessary to change those infrastructures themselves, and their proponents ought to acknowledge that significant segments of the populace will not be won over to support such change, but have to be politically defeated.

Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, October 2019

Overcoming the process-structure divide in conceptions of Social-Ecological Transformation: Assessing the transformative character and impact of change processes

A fundamental transformation towards sustainability in face of complex social-ecological challenges needs to initiate deep changes of those incumbent system structures that support unsustainable trajectories, while at the same time encouraging a diversity of alternative practices. A review of transformation approaches towards sustainability shows that these do not (sufficiently) link processes of change at the micro level to deep leverages of change in wider system structures.

Addressing this research gap, we develop a conceptual framework for a social-ecological transformation that connects the macro and the micro level and helps to bridge process-oriented and structural approaches to transformation. At the macro level, the objectives of inter- and intragenerational justice need to be pursued by challenging the central paradigms that constitute unsustainable trajectories. To make the framework concrete and applicable in practice, we propose a preliminary set of evaluation principles for the micro and meso level that reflect these normative objectives and help to measure the transformative character and transformative impact of change processes. The example of the European Organic Breeding Network illustrates the application of the framework.

An Ecological Economics research that is reflective of its transformative quality in light of the incumbent paradigms can make important contributions to transformation research.

Ecological Economics, Volume 164, October 2019