The PIC is proud to host part of the Summer School on socially sustainable Degrowth organized by the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) (http://summerschool2014.degrowth.net/).
Amidst calls for restoring growth as a path out of the crisis, the
intellectual and political degrowth movement exposes the impossibility
to greening economic growth, or making it equitable. In theoretical
terms degrowth implies a radical critique to the western notion of
growth- and technology-led development as a single overarching path of
organizing social and economic life. It implies revisiting the role of
monetary and market-based transactions in society and searching for a
way to bring back its human, emotional, non-utilitarian or gift-based
traits. In practical terms degrowth requires multiple paths, from the
reduction of the need for, and use of, non-renewable resources and
related extractive infrastructure, to deepening democratic processes in
society. Above all, degrowth brings forward the need for a debate on the
political project of society, and especially on the need to break away
from the technological and psychological lock-ins placed by the growth
and capital accumulation imperative. From ICTA-UAB and Research &
Degrowth we have been writing and working on degrowth for several years
already, advancing it beyond the general theoretically-defined
framework, and trying to foresee its implications for various fields and
components of society and life.
The Summer School on Degrowth offers a range of perspectives located
at the core of the concept, looking at its sources, dimensions and
policy implications. For this purpose the school will bring together
some of Europe’s leading academics in politics, philosophy, ecological
economics, ecology and economics that work in the field of degrowth to
teach to the next generation of researchers. On Saturday July 5th participants will spend the day at Can Masdeu for a day-long session full of presentations and debate.
During the two-year long Grundtvig Partnership „Enough for Everyone Forever“ four European organizations (based in Spain, France, Germany and Poland) work together to improve educational methods for sustainable education.
All four partners use creative methods to work with adults on political and ecological topics, but each one is expert on a specific approach such as visual arts, theatre or music.
Each organization hosts one meeting, inviting the partners to get to know its context of educational work. During those meetings, we share our skills and experiences both in theoretical and practical ways. Combining our creative approaches, we develop an interdisciplinary action that is carried out in the public space and sensibilizing the audience about sustainability.
What we have learned during the process is then transformed by each partner into an innovative pedagogical concept adapted to the organizations context and target group. After putting the concept into practice individually, we meet for the last time in order to reflect on the potential of the new tools that we have developed and to plan our future transnational projects, where we are going to bring together adults from different cultural backgrounds and use our newly acquired educational skills to work together on a sustainable future.