C.3 Limits and potentials of social movements for socio-ecological transformation

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The way our economic system is currently organized, systematically exploits people and nature and violates the biophysical boundaries of our planet. However, the directions in which political and societal actors looked for finding ways out of this dilemma, changed in the last few decades.
We will start on the first day with an overview of the discourses from the first Club of Rome Report in 1972 up to the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015 and we will examine some of the proposed solutions like green growth and carbon-offsetting mechanisms.

From there, we will take a step back and look to another aspect of the picture where progressive ideas that oppose the green growth narrative are put forward: degrowth, food sovereignty and climate justice. The movements that carry them are often regarded as key actors of social change.
The most recent mobilisations at the Climate negotiations (COP), and the upcoming ones (Bonn) as well as the increase in mass civil disobedience actions (Ende Gelände, Code Rood) in Europe provide for a relevant background to tackle some of the following questions.

We will critically assess: What can social movements achieve? What makes movements weaker or stronger and how do they interact or operate in civil society? How are strategies built? What is the role of actions and activism in pushing for structural, social change? How to set up actions in a strategic way?

These questions will be treated in different sessions with diverse methodologies.

A peasant from La Via Campesina will complement the analysis with reflections from a social movements perspective and practical examples. We will also build on the experiences and richness in knowledge of the participants.

The methodology will be participatory and closely linked to the experiences of the participants. The workshop design will have space for different forms on learning, by doing, feeling, listening, discussing. We will also use a diversity of methodologies to ensure participants can contribute and bring their questions, expectations, concerns and experiences. We will mix this with sessions of input and sharing of theory and analysis.
We will put time in creating a safe space for learning and to build a group dynamic which is supportive of learning and in line with the values of social change we are working for.

We organised a course at the summer school in 2015 (Ernährungssouveränität statt "Grünem Wachstum") and we look forward to continue and deepen our previous workshop.


Day: 2017-08-21
Start time: 10:00
Duration: 02:30
Room: Zelt 11 / tent 11
Track: Kurse / Courses
Languages: en

Concurrent Events

Zelt 21 / tent 21
Die Revolution ist weiblich. Die kurdische Frauenfreiheitsbewegung in Rojava und Nordkurdistan
Zelt 1 / tent 1
A.1 Klimawandel und Strukturpolitik
Zelt 2 / tent 2
A.2 Neue Ideen für das Rheinland
Zelt 3 / tent 3
A.3 Just Transition
Zelt 4 / tent 4
A.4 Corporate power, Fossil fuels and the Energy Transition:
Zelt 5 / tent 5
B.1 Psychologie im Umweltschutz
Zelt 6 / tent 6
B.2 Creating a Climate for Change
Zelt 7 / tent 7
B.3 The Psychology of Degrowth
Zelt 8 / tent 8
B.4 How to face the perfect problem?
Zelt 9 / tent 9
C.1 Gemeinsam aktiv
Zelt 10 / tent 10
C.2 Utopische Wissenswerkstatt
Zelt 12 / tent 12
C.4 Activist Research in and for Degrowth
Zelt 13 / tent 13
C.5 Von den Sustainable Development Goals zu einer sozial-ökologischen Transformation
Zelt 14 / tent 14
C.6 Experiences of skills for micro system change and projection’s path to a macro system change
Zelt 15 / tent 15
C.7 Naturverhältnisse und Degrowth im Staatssozialismus
Zelt 16 / tent 16
C.8 Kurswechsel 1.5 Grad
Zelt 17 / tent 17
C.9 Design Thinking for Sustainability
Zelt 18 / tent 18
C.10 Transformatives Organizing
Zelt 19 / tent 19
C.11 SoftwareFreedomyourway
Radio-Zelt / radio tent
C.12 Rheinland Resistance Radio
Zelt 23 / tent 23
Mit der Care-Revolution zur klimafreundlichen Postwachstumsgesellschaft
Zelt 24 / tent 24
ver.di-Studie zum sozialverträglichen Ausstieg aus der Kohleverstromung
Zelt 22 / tent 22
Back to the future: Rätedemokratie als Alternative für (Re-)Produktion und Politik
Zeit, Beschleunigung, Klimawandel, Entschleunigung