Planting the seeds of degrowth in times of crisis – Examples from Greece – Part II

By Marula Tsagkari * In the second of a two-part series, Marula Tsagkari explores how today, we are participants in a complex and severe crisis, and a radical crisis requires radical solutions. Through a number of examples it became obvious that in Greece there is groundwork for a transition to sustainable degrowth. There are seeds … Continue reading Planting the seeds of degrowth in times of crisis – Examples from Greece – Part II

Planting the seeds of degrowth in times of crisis – Examples from Greece – Part I

By Marula Tsagkari * At the same time that the degrowth movement was gaining ground in the public discourse, Greece, was living the most severe economic recession since the Second World War. In the Chinese language the word crisis is represented by two symbols. The first means danger and, the second, opportunity. We must look for … Continue reading Planting the seeds of degrowth in times of crisis – Examples from Greece – Part I

Producing Humans and Natures – A Feminist Comment to Kallis and Swyngedouw

In her commentary on Kallis' and Swyngendouw's conversation 'Do Bees Produce Value?', Irina Velicu reminds us that feminist theories have long argued that ‘value’ depends on evaluators: ‘nature’ has not been valued but rather produced (as non-value) in modern dualisms of thinking. The inspiring dialogue between Kallis and Swyngendouw reminded me of indigenous (women/gender) politics, … Continue reading Producing Humans and Natures – A Feminist Comment to Kallis and Swyngedouw

Revolutionary Solidarity: Rojava and the International Struggle*

The success of the revolution in Rojava and its political practices raises the question: how do revolutionaries in their own cities relate with it? We at Rojava Solidarity NYC, would like to offer a proposal. The success of the revolution in Rojava and its political practices have presented international revolutionaries with a unique situation, one … Continue reading Revolutionary Solidarity: Rojava and the International Struggle*

Negotiating longing and despair as frontier citizens of the Indian State

By Mabel Gergan * Mabel Gergan reflects on the shifting relationship between the Indian State and its North-Eastern and Himalayan frontier, exploring the colonial roots of racial discrimination in Indian cities and activist critiques of ongoing development interventions in the region. “The subject of the state is caught and impaled between the longing for justice … Continue reading Negotiating longing and despair as frontier citizens of the Indian State

Athens 9-11 June, UniverSSE 2017: no one left behind!

This summer Athens will be the meeting point for social and solidarity economy people, collective ventures and organizations all around Europe. The 4th European Congress of Social Solidarity Economy will take place from 9th till 11th of June in the Agricultural University of Athens, under the call "democratizing economy – emancipating society – empowering change". … Continue reading Athens 9-11 June, UniverSSE 2017: no one left behind!

Open Letter: Living in Lisbon

"If the insufficient supply of housing and excessive increase in prices continues we will continue to witness a loss of local population and the collapse of numerous local communities that give colour and life to the city." TO BUILD A LISBON FOR ALL! * OPEN LETTER TO THE GOVERNMENT, DEPUTIES, THE LISBON CITY HALL AND … Continue reading Open Letter: Living in Lisbon

Do Bees Produce Value? A conversation between an ecological economist and a Marxist geographer

By Erik Swyngedouw and Giorgos Kallis * Erik Swyngedouw and Giorgos Kallis discuss potentialities and limits of nature's "free work" for Marx's labour theory of value. Giorgos Kallis: Erik, I remember you arguing that you cannot accept that bees do labour and contribute to value. What is the main Marxist argument against accepting the simple … Continue reading Do Bees Produce Value? A conversation between an ecological economist and a Marxist geographer

On ‘the Political’ in Environmental History

By Stefania Barca* Like all history writing—and much of science-making itself—environmental history cannot help but be political. Stefania Barca reflects on the political implications of what environmental historians do. “Only mass social movements can save us now.” Naomi Klein makes this point in This Changes Everything, and I couldn’t agree more. Since their emergence in … Continue reading On ‘the Political’ in Environmental History

Tania Murray Li: There is no one trajectory of development

The world’s global institutions and governments with decision power on the future of millions of people living in rural areas want to continue with business as usual: industrialization and urbanization. Number two of a two-part video interview with Tania Murray Li. Tania Murray Li, Professor of Anthropology, Canada Research Chair in the Political-Economy and Culture of … Continue reading Tania Murray Li: There is no one trajectory of development