Building Alternative Livelihoods in times of ecological and political crisis

Manchester, 1st - 5th September 2020

Come to Manchester in September 2020 to meet with other activists, artists, policy-makers and scholars. We'll explore how we might meet our needs in ways more relevant to the worsening ecological, climate and social crisis: “alternative livelihoods”.

Survival will mean an urgent transformation of the ways we organise, produce and consume. That means a society that knows when to slow down and stop its relentless expansion of production and consumption. In place of economic growth it would value sufficiency: enough, but not too much, for everyone.

How can social and political momentum best be mobilised to bring about those changes democratically and with justice?

This conference will discuss these many challenges. There will be workshops, debates and discussions, artistic performances, walking tours and installations on the themes of the conference. It will also seek to contribute to the local political debate. It will strive to demonstrate and explore cutting-edge thinking and practice and also encourage political mobilisation amongst academics, activists, artists and policy practitioners.

Key topics to be explored include:

Activist Law, Governance, Policy and Politics
Arts Materials, Energy, Waste and Climate
Alternative economies Organisation and Business
Alternative livelihoods, well-being and ways of living Rural/agriculture/food
Communication, Education and Pedagogy Theoretical perspectives
Feminism Transitions / Designs for the future
Green New Deal Urban and spatial planning

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