DEGROWTH DIVERSION - a mini-conference

June 12th - 11:00 - 16:00 Online AND in Belmonte Arboretum

Degrowth is a concept and movement that challenges the pursuit of economic growth at all costs. Degrowth scholars and activists call for a reorientation of life and societies towards well-being for all within the physical limits of our planet.

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Do you feel like there might be more to sustainability than adding windmills, responsible consumption and true pricing? More to ‘feeding the world’ than new strains of corn? More to conservation than ecosystem services?

Ready to question some of some fundamental assumptions of the capitalist economic systems? Join us on Saturday the 12th of June to talk about root causes and radically different alternatives!

With Degrowth Diversion, OtherWise proposes a one-day mini-conference to introduce the theory and practices of the revolutionary idea of Degrowth. We will have an online plenary introduction by Timothee Parrique on Degrowth and ecological economics followed by 3 parallel interactive workshop sessions by WUR professors and alumni. We will close off with a Corona-proof in-person walk-and-talk session in the Arboretum Belmonte where duos of participants will discuss questions and complete tasks spread over the park. Also not unimportant: we will provide free greasy lunch.

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SCHEDULE & TOPICS

11:00 - 12:00  What is Degrowth? Plenary introduction | Timothee Parrique | ONLINE

12:00 - 13:00  Parallel Workshop Session | ONLINE

   1. The theoretical foundation of degrowth

   2. Degrowth and diverse economies

   3. Daily Degrowth

13:30 - 14:00  Lunch pick-up | In-person at the ARBORETUM

14:00 - 16:00  Talk the Walk: discuss Degrowth ideas in pairs while following an inspiration     route in Belmonte Arboretum

Follow the event to discover the more on speakers, concepts and event details!

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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS & FACILITATORS

Keynote: TIMOTHEE PARRIQUE https://timotheeparrique.com/

Timothée Parrique is a social scientist, holding a PhD in economics from the University of Clermont Auvergne (France) and the Stockholm Resilience Centre (Stockholm University, Sweden). Titled “The political economy of degrowth” (2019), his dissertation explores the economic implications of the ideas of degrowth. Tim is also the lead author of “Decoupling debunked – Evidence and arguments against green growth” (2019), a report published by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB).

 

WAIT, YOU WANT TO HEAR MORE ABOUT DEGROWTH ALREADY!?

Degrowth is not recession and is not about reducing GDP. Degrowth is about getting rid of GDP altogether. Under the Degrowth banner, several different streams of thought and concepts gather. In Degrowth literature you’ll find political ecology, feminist economics, decolonial theories, conviviality and autonomy. Degrowth rejects decoupling and calls for a ‘pluriverse of alternative economies’. Check-out definitions and resources through the links below:

https://degrowth.org/definition/

https://www.degrowth.info/en/what-is-degrowth/

https://www.degrowth.info/en/a-history-of-degrowth/

 

Bring your friends! See you on the 12th.