How does change happen? How do we think change happens? How do we think that particular change would happen? What do we need to do make that change happen? In this strategy workshop, the participants will explore what their underlying assumptions ...
In this workshop, we discuss different theories of change that organisations have on different issues and analyse the strategies and tactics they use to achieve their goals. Then we will talk about conflict escalation, a tool that various "momentum-driven" movements have used in recent years.
(Excerpt from a letter from Birmingham Prison, 16 April 1963, Martin Luther King Jr.)
There are currently 25 million people in forced labour worldwide. But what forms of forced labour are there, what structural abuses encourage them and how can they be overcome? In the workshop, this will be worked out together.
Forced labour occurs globally in various forms and in different sectors. Introduced and accompanied by the workshop leader, the participants learn about the problem area in small groups on the basis of text excerpts and other templates. The focus is on three examples of three forms of forced labour: 1. state forced labour in Uzbekistan and the positive changes that have been achieved through international pressure in recent decades; 2. forced labour in global supply chains and 3. in the agricultural sector in the EU. The whole group will then come together; differences and similarities will be discussed. The focus will also be on existing instruments to overcome forced labour and the challenges faced by both companies and policy makers. SÜDWIND's experience with this topic will be incorporated into the workshop.
Resistance to Amazon's expansion in Europe has been organising for several years. Several results have already been achieved: Abandonment of warehouse projects in France (Nantes, Rouen, Ensisheim, Fournès,...) and raising the awareness of the publ...
This is the balance sheet of the actions undertaken in France: There were local struggles, posters, banners and leaflets were distributed on the occasion of Black Friday or other occasionsv and there were intercessions with elected representatives. How can relations between mobilised organisations in Europe be developed? Is it possible to imagine a European coordination of the struggle against Amazon? And how can relations between mobilised organisations and workers' unions be improved? These are the questions this workshop will address.
War means destruction and economic mayhem. The question of cancelling Ukraine's debt has to be raised.
Ukraine has a crippling external debt, mostly to private creditors. When, how and why was it contracted? What is the role of the IMF? How much is owed to Russia? What part of this external debt is illegitimate?
As a consequence of Putin's ruthless invasion of the country public attention has obviously been focused on the terrible damages of war. Yet there are other long-lasting sources of suffering for the population that result from economic and political mechanisms and must be understood and countered by informed citizens. The workshop will include a video contribution of Ukrainian economist Yuliya Yurchenko, speaking from Kyiv. We propose an exploration of the debt system and its ramifications in Zelensky's resisting / sacrificed country and invite participants to contribute with factual information.
Neoliberal reforms are undermining acquired rights and the redistributive social model in most European countries, except in Spain.
What are the main setbacks in labour and social rights in Europe and their causes? Are they redundancies, short-term contracts, social security, tax-funded replacement incomes, relocations, financialisation, decline in struggles? What role do they play in maintaining and developing rights? How to implement the reduction of working time? How to prevent dismissals, worse contracts and the reduction of insurance?
Today’s world is totally different from the world we knew twenty years ago. China is becoming a global power, the US try to contain this expansion, and Europe face the challenge of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Everywhere, the rise of new autho...
Today’s world is totally different from the world we knew twenty years ago, when the antiglobalisation movement emerged.
At economic level, China is now a global power that is expanding internationally through the “Belt and Road Initiative”. During the last decade, the US tried to contain this expansion with a series of military and economic alliances in Asia and in the Pacific, but the US and NATO are now confronted with the challenge of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Everywhere, the rise of new authoritarianism destroys democratic rights.
How can social movements, in Europe, Asia and in the rest of the world respond to these new challenges?
That’s the purpose of this workshop where we will invite activists and academics to exchange ideas, strategies and possibilities of campaigns.
None of the major global problems have been dealt with in the spirit of multilateralism. Instead, we are witnessing a renaissance of geopolitical conflicts. The workshop will present why the "perfect storm" brewing at the end of the second phase o...
Since the end of the 1990s, there is no region of the world that has not been subjected to geo-economic competition. But contrary to what was expected in the 1990s, not a single one of the major global problems has been dealt with in the spirit of multilateralism. This applies first and foremost to planetary ecological crises, which now threaten the future of humanity as a whole. Neither the EU nor other world regions are reacting with political measures that could avoid the "worst case".
Instead, we are witnessing a renaissance of geopolitical conflicts. Today, as in the past, these revolve around access to and prices of fossil energy sources, but increasingly also around "critical metals" that are needed for the electrification of industry and transport as well as for the digitalisation of the economy and society.
In many regions of the world, the ecological crisis has already become the "new normal" and is accompanied by hunger, intra- and interstate conflicts and increasingly repressive measures of authoritarian control. The war in Ukraine is being used as an opportunity to postpone or avert even modest approaches to ecological regulation.
The workshop will present why t...
Why and how can we do international solidarity today? What links between local solidarity initiatives and political change? What common perspectives? How can we strengthen and build these synergies, from the local to the international level?
International solidarity is an approach that is different from charity or altruism, it is a global approach that takes into account all the factors of exploitation and domination that perpetuate global imbalances. It is a solidarity between those who, in the North as well as in the South, fight, act and dream on a daily basis for more social and climate justice. For several years now, faced with the changes in the world, debates have been taking place within the movements that support it. Why and how can international solidarity be achieved today? What are the links between local solidarity initiatives and political change? What common perspectives? How can we support and strengthen each other? How to build synergies, from the local to the international level? The aim of this workshop will be to make a tour of the main actors of European international solidarity who are wondering how to join their struggles with those of the first impacted.
There is a practical introduction to this form of street theatre with warm-up exercises, especially to promote expressive body language. This is followed by a joint development of themes and roles and a production for the other ESU participants pl...
Street theatre is a creative form of political communication: political messages are conveyed through impressive images, especially through gestures, facial expressions and movement, and through few but concise words.
In this three-day workshop, the topic and the performance of the street theatre will be developed together with the participants, which will also be performed at the ESU in Mönchengladbach on Saturday evening. The "Theatre of the Oppressed" according to Augusto Boal is inspired by the methods of sociodrama and psychodrama according to Moreno and by the concept of "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" by Paulo Freire.
We start with warm-up exercises, then practise role design, doubling, role reversal and body language maximisation of the performance. Acting skills are not necessary - experience shows that all people are capable of actively participating in street theatre.
The European Network for Corporate Research, ENCO for short, presents various experiences and successes for discussion. Reports are given on different topics such as health or BigTech. The European Network against Health privatisation and BastaMag...
The European Network for Corporate Research, ENCO for short, puts different experiences and successes up for discussion. How can we enforce good care against profit maximisation? Are we helplessly at the mercy of hate and fakenews from Facebook and Youtube? Alliances and organisations report on their struggles and successes. Which strategies (don't) work? What are the next steps regionally and globally? What can you implement from these experiences for your engagement?
The French activist Vladimir Nieddu from PHM France and the "European Network against Health privatisation" shows the struggles against privatisation in the health sector.
Dr. Thomas Dürmeier, board member of Goliathwatch from Hamburg and member of the scientific advisory board of Attac Germany. Dr. Thomas Dürmeier, board member of Goliathwatch from Hamburg and member of the scientific advisory board of Attac Germany, reports on the successful defence against digital election campaigning a la Trump and the fight against blocking by Facebook.
Belgian activist Sebastian Franco from Gresea (Groupe de recherche pour une stratégie économique alternative) presents their work.
French journalist Rachel Knaebel reports...
In a radio play, scenes from a world in 2048 are presented in which capitalism has been overcome in favour of a solidary, ecological and peaceful society. Afterwards, two of the authors will discuss the feasibility of this utopia.
How will we live? Who will we be? What will the future bring? Will the common good shape our actions, make sense of our actions and make life a joyful one? The dream of a better future has inspired people for thousands of years. But also in the wrong direction. The fears of our time speak of the fact that humanity has taken the wrong turn at various crossroads over the last two centuries.
But fear alone is not a good motive to oppose these developments, it does not promote: A new principle of hope
We want to contrast the current lament with another scenario: The future was and is always a possibility, a change for the better. It is worth dreaming about, worth thinking about and even more worth fighting for. In our project, therefore, voices of different people tell of the year 2048; of a world after system change - with more time sovereignty, community, solidarity, self-determination, health and democracy. And with less wage labour, competition, environmental damage, violence and war.
In the form of a collage, the first-person narrators report in many voices on their everyday lives, their views of life in 2048 - and of course also compare it again and again with "before" ...
As input for our workshop, we will talk about examples of national efforts to implement Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) and then about the proposals for Europe. We will give space for discussion on how to coordinate European UBI activists and fin...
In our workshop, we will review the status of the unconditional basic income (UBI) proposal in several European countries and in the European Union as a whole.
In recent years, especially since the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic, the UBI has been considered essential to ensure the livelihood of millions of people around the world and has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, studies, pilot experiments and online meetings. Although it still tends to be confused with means-tested benefits and creates many problems in people's heads because of its unconditionality and universality, UBI is making its way in society and is gaining more and more support in different countries around the world.
During the workshop, we will also talk about the recent European Citizens' Initiative for unconditional basic income, finalized on June 25, 2022. And we will mention the need to create an area of confluence and coordination for European UBI activists.
Finally, and to end the workshop, we will refer to the next congress of BIEN, the global basic income network, which will take place in Brisbane, Australia, from September 26th to 28th of this year.
For several years, trade unions and feminist associations have called for a major feminist strike on International Women's Rights Day. The aim is to demand equal rights and recognition of female-dominated professions. And to demand to be paid the ...
In recent years, feminist strikes have been successfully organised in several European countries: Spain, Iceland, Poland, Switzerland. They have their own historical context. In Poland, women were opposing a very restrictive law on the right to abortion in a country where this right was already very limited. In Iceland, women were demanding equal pay, while referring to the historic strike of their elders 40 years earlier. A trade unionist and feminist from Switzerland will tell of the long mobilisation to organise the strike on 14 June, what the women achieved and how the strike was renewed.
In many countries around the world, trade unions and feminist associations are calling for a strike on the international day of struggle for women's rights. The aim is to demand equality! Massive strikes in Spain and Argentina, for example, brought together various demands. In France, while the 8 March mobilisations are gaining momentum, attempts to strike are encountering difficulties. The collective reflection will focus on the construction of the strike, the obstacles encountered, the possible coordination between feminist associations and trade unions, but also at international leve...
As trade unionists we have a privileged knowledge of the institution and its staff. We are convinced that this resistance to extreme right-wing ideas is indeed inseparable from the aspirations that govern the education profession.
To be active in education is to embrace the legacy of the Enlightenment, of the French Revolution, of republican achievements, against obscurantism and backward thinking. And to share the history of building an emancipatory school, of the great struggles for secularism and against church control of education, and the expansion and defence of public service.
Every student has a place in our society. This means working for tolerance every day and ensuring that anti-Semitic, racist, LGBTI-phobic and sexist prejudices and all forms of discrimination are dismantled.
The extreme right, however, represents the opposite of all this. It embodies the political current that emerged directly from opposition to the Republic and its values, from the revolution to the Vichy regime to the Algerian war. The recent appearances of some of its most media-savvy representatives confirm this, even if several years of trying to "de-diabolise" it have allowed this to be forgotten. It represents the current most hostile to trade unionism, social democracy and the achievements of the workers' movement.
The programme proposed by the EU Commission will determine climate policy in the coming years. Is it sufficient to meet the 2 degree target? Where are the weak points? What is worth supporting?
In July 2021, the EU Commission proposed 14 regulations that will determine climate policy in the coming years.
The workshop will give an overview of the proposals, targets and regulation modes (ETS ...). Are they sufficient to meet the climate targets? How do they relate to the residual budget calculated by the IPCC?
The questionable premise of a possible absolute decoupling of GDP growth and energy throughput and the inevitable limits of capitalist system logic are presented in detail using concrete individual examples ("green hydrogen", e-mobility ...). What alternatives must be fought for politically? Which allies are available for the necessary solidarity-based deconstruction of our economy?
This workshop was born out of a desire to show that communities and society in Africa are able to thrive despite enormous difficulties. It aims to show both the difficulties currently faced by Benin through the marina club Med project and climate ...
The struggle against the Marina project is an international struggle because the destructive multinationals come mainly from France. They hide behind the shell company Gassim. Vinci, club Med , Bouygues, effage, Accor, Sofitel ect. This fight is being waged jointly by France, Belgium and Beninese organisations.
The marina project destroys mangrove forests. This leads, among other things, to coastal erosion and dike breaches. This environmental destruction affects the indigenous population who have lived there since the 17th century. So far, 10500 people have been displaced and 600 hectares of land have been appropriated.
This struggle for the protection of wetlands, traditional fishing and agriculture is similar to a Beninese NDL and requires an international fight with a hearing at the Summer University.
Slowfood Benin is implementing permaculture in its communities to cope with climate change and to preserve vegetable and animal biodiversity.
The workshop will present the research findings of the London Mining Network, which can be summarised as follows: "A just transition is a post-mining transition" and "A material transition".
The workshop will present the research findings of the London Mining Network, which can be summarised as "a just transition is a post-mining transition" and "a material transition".
The first part will explore competing definitions of 'just transition', contrasting mining companies and affected communities. We will then explore the limits of resource extraction driven by the transition to renewables, including lithium mining in Bolivia and Serbia, copper mining in Chile, nickel in New Caledonia and cobalt in Congo. Common issues such as habitat destruction, biodiversity loss, water, soil and air pollution, displacement and repression of community activists will be highlighted (taking into account recent research on the links between mining and militarism).
The second part will focus on alternatives to mining, building on a recent report: this workshop will focus on the voices of affected communities, from the Amadiba Crisis Committee in South Africa to Latin America.
Carbon Bombs are fossil fuel projects that could emit over a gigaton of CO2. There are still over 400 of them around the world. To stay below 1.5 degrees, these Carbon Bombs must be defused. Learn where they are, which companies, investors and gov...
LINGO has identified 425 Carbon Bomb projects (>1 Gigaton CO2 potential emissions) worldwide and we will share the global panorama and the detailed list. These projects alone would push us beyond 1.5° and thus cannot go forward. But who is going to stop them? This is where you come in. We need more people ready to face the facts and take up one of the worthiest battles of our time: defusing carbon bombs. Together, we will brainstorm and explore ways to defuse carbon bombs in small groups with the following topics (to be confirmed by audience preference): 1 - Existing campaign in Europe, 2 - Overseas country, European investor, 3 - Where nobody’s looking: Russia, China, Middle East. Don’t expect it to be an easy ride.
We will be guided through the various interactions between the climate crisis and militarisation, especially from a feminist perspective. The insights gained will then be used to plan local actions and adapt them to our own contexts.
The first part is about the connection between militarisation and climate justice and how cases of global injustice are linked to climate change and the military.
In small groups
- psychological effects of securitisation (climate communication, resource allocation)
- the climate killer military (arms production, bases, mobility, Toxic Remnants of War, ...)
- feminist perspectives on the military (patriarchal structures and norms that lead to militarisation as a supposedly good response to the climate crisis)
- human security (incl. ecological security) vs. military security
- environmental peacebuilding (positive solutions)
will be dealt with.
In the second part, there will be time for participants to develop their own projects and apply them to local contexts. What does climate-neutral security look like?
Stopping the proliferation of fossil fuels means stopping the financing. EU regulation of the financial sector must be used to make it almost impossible for banks to lend to fossil fuel companies. How do you build a movement to achieve this?
Since the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, Big Finance has blocked significant regulation. Worse, it is greenwashing itself as the hero of sustainability, pretending to fund the climate transition while continuing to be the backbone of the fossil fuel industry.
The fight against fossil finance has come a long way–coal projects are becoming uninsurable, pension funds are divesting big oil companies, and the call for an outright ban on investments in fossil fuel infrastructure is growing louder every day. Targeting individual financial institutions has been a powerful strategy, but we need systems change through financial regulation.
This space will provide an overview of how we can regulate finance to serve planet and people, debunk the so-called “sustainable finance” agenda, and highlight which measures can potentially change the game at scale.
This in-depth dialogue between activists and researchers will help develop strategies to mobilising the people to bring finance under control, focusing on the EU.
We need to cut emissions, and we need to cut them quickly. We need structural change in the way. The Climate Jobs campaigns seek to build bridges between the struggles for climate justice, dignified employment, work security, and democratic access...
The climate crisis is a class struggle. Climate science has told us that we need to drastically reduce emissions within a very short time frame.
There is no energy transition taking place within the capitalist neoliberal system. Rather, energy expansion is taking place, with the same companies profiting from both fossil and renewable energy sources over and over again. At the same time, affordable energy is still not a guaranteed resource for all, while many workers lose their jobs under the pretext of the energy transition.
We need to change the way we generate energy, build, move around, produce food and much more.
Climate job campaigns are revolutionary programmes. And they are the only real political programme that presents concrete steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while guaranteeing justice and working class rights, including the right to secure, decent and fulfilling jobs with fair wages that contribute to the reproduction of humanity on this planet and ensure access to basic services and needs for all.
In October 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Council recognised for the first time the right to a healthy environment as a fundamental human right. What does this right mean and how can it support demands for global climate justice?
The demand for the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment has long been raised by both environmental and human rights movements. The UN Human Rights Council recognised this right as a fundamental human right in October 2021 after lengthy debates. Linked to this are state obligations to a) establish procedures to enforce this right and b) protect populations from impairment of their human rights by environmental pollution. To this end, states must also cooperate internationally. What does the human right to a healthy environment mean? What added value does it offer to existing international environmental protection agreements in view of continuing global environmental degradation and increasing global greenhouse gas emissions? What concrete demands on states can be derived from it? How can it be used to promote climate justice and environmental protection? We want to discuss these (and other) questions at the workshop.
In our workshop, we open up the space for creative exploration of different issues around gender justice and injustice.
Inspired by feminist literature and personal experiences, we exchange ideas in small groups on self-selected focus frames. Together we create utopias of a gender-just world. We translate these visions into small drawings.
The workshop is based on an interactive exhibition that is constantly growing. If desired, our graphic designer can transform your own drawings and expand the collection.
Our workshops are designed to help us overcome the "moment of shock" when we encounter right-wing and misanthropic slogans in everyday life. There will be space to share personal experiences and explore scope for action in practical exercises.
We've all been there: at work, at the sports club, in the family or on the street, we hear things that leave us speechless. Later we get angry and wish we had spoken up. This is where this workshop comes in. It aims to enable people to overcome the moment of shock, take a stand and make it clear: We will not accept this any longer! In theory and practice, common right-wing positions will be examined and people will practice speaking out and arguing for solidarity-based alternatives instead of exclusion and racism.
Solidarity cities or "sanctuary cities" treat all people living in a city as equal citizens, regardless of their residence status. However, the concrete implementation differs. What are best practices and how can they be further strengthened?
Solidarity cities or "sanctuary cities" treat all people living in a city as equal citizens of that city, regardless of their residency status - at least this is the idea behind the concept. Today, there are already over 300 cities worldwide that have implemented specific solidarity regulations. The concrete implementation differs quite a bit. The workshop will provide information on the relevant approaches. We want to discuss what "best practices" are and how such solidarity-based practices can be further strengthened.
Uneven growth and fierce competition between EU countries are factors that favor financial speculation in Eurozone. One year after the calling of 150 economists for the European Central Bank (ECB) to cancel sovereign debts, three of the signatorie...
Uneven growth between EU members and fierce competion are factors that favor financial speculations in Eurozone.
One year ago 150 economists signed a calling for the European Central Bank (ECB) to cancel sovereign debts.
How can this proposal have a sequel? Is it worthvile to pursue in this direction? Should ECB action take other measures in order to blunt disparity and consequent financial speculation? For example, could ECB work in converging governement bonds interest rates of disparate EU countries by ensuring their purchasing? Could the role of ECB as “independent” institution whose primary mandate is prices stability ever shift to the side of states, governements and people?
In Germany, the "top" ten percent in the wealth distribution own 62.1 percent of all wealth. We are a small group of people from this ten percent and would like to discuss with you what tasks and roles we can take on in order to work together for ...
In Germany, the "top" 10 per cent in the wealth distribution own 62.1 per cent of all wealth, while the "bottom" 50 per cent own a total of only 3.4 per cent of all wealth.
We are a small but growing group of people who belong to the "top" 10 percent and have as our goal to counteract injustice. Together we are learning about how our wealth is based on wrongful appropriation - on other people's labour, the exploitation of natural resources or the avoidance of taxes.
We are ready to work together for a good life for all, but also know that as a privileged group, we are not the ones who should decide alone where the resources we have access to go.
We are convinced that this decision should be made by the people who are directly affected by social injustice. Therefore, we would like to discuss with you what role we as people with access to assets should take on the road to social justice, what solidarity partnerships could look like and how we can achieve our common goals.
Let's talk about redistribution of land, power and wealth and end wealth inequality together.
With the success of "Deutsche Wohnen und Co. expropriate" (DWe), there is a chance that Article 15 of the Basic Law (Germany) will be applied for the first time. Based on this success, this event will be about how a renewal of the social left can ...
With the referendum "Expropriate Deutsche Wohnen und Co." (DWe), a precedent could be set in parallel to the 2021 Bundestag elections. For the first time in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany, Article 15 of the Basic Law (Germany) would apply. If 240,000 flats in Berlin were to be socialised, this would undoubtedly be a historic event that would challenge the hegemony of private property in the production, administration and distribution of essential goods. question. With many organisations we want to discuss how the question of property can be related to other sectors of society. The basic theses underlying these reflections on the renewal of the social left on the property question will be presented and discussed with existing social movements. What alliances need to be forged in order to sustainably mobilise different social groups? How can a democratic economy of socialised enterprises be organised? What different forms can campaigns for socialisation take in different sectors, from the car industry to municipal services of general interest?
Recently there have been important changes in the areas of monetary policy, fiscal policy, industrial policy and the regulation of wage relations in the European Union. Is the EU moving away from neoliberalism? What are the limits of these changes...
In recent years, the European Union has changed in many respects. First, the European Central Bank de facto contributes to the financing of the national budgets of the member countries of the European Monetary Union, although it is actually prohibited from direct government financing by the EU treaties. Second, the communitization of member states' debts has taken on a new quality with the NextGenerationEU program. For the first time, the European Commission is borrowing on a large scale. At the same time, a reform of the Stability and Growth Pact, i.e. a relaxation of the debt rules, is being discussed. Third, industrial policy has taken on greater importance in the context of the desired decarbonization and further digitalization of the EU economy. In addition, new rearmament programs are emerging in the EU. The background to this revival of industrial policy is the intensifying imperialist rivalries in relation to the USA and China. Fourth, the European Commission has recently put forward proposals for regulating wage relations that at least hint at a modification of the neoliberal mode of integration (minimum wage regulation etc.). How far-reaching are these changes and what...
In this workshop, we will discuss the experiences of struggles in defense of employment that go on the offensive with counter-projects developed by work collectives, in order to open up prospects for solidarity and ecological relocation.
In this workshop, we will discuss the experiences of struggles in defense of employment that go on the offensive with counter-projects developed by work collectives, in order to open up prospects for solidarity and ecological relocation. What originated these projects ? Whas there a cooperation with scientists, local authorities or environmental movements ? What are their prospects ?
Never before have multinationals made so much profit, never before have they contributed so much to climate and social injustice. This workshop is a reflection and exchange on the struggles and strategies against the activities of multinationals a...
Never before have multinationals made so much profit, never before have they contributed so much to climate and social injustice.
Total's misdeeds in Uganda, Argentina, Mozambique, Burma and Russia affect and break the destiny of thousands of people. Bonafont, a subsidiary of Danone, is monopolising and polluting water in entire regions of Mexico. New technology companies are making their workers more and more precarious. More than half of global industrial emissions are attributable to just 25 multinationals. How do our organisations fight these multinationals? Which strategies have been successful, which have been less successful? How could we innovate and mobilise more? We will try to answer these questions based on several campaigns conducted in recent years.
Three workshops will take place on the theme Defending Housing - From Practical Resistance to Housing Policy Strategy.
Two workshops will take place in parallel: The first deals with the rental housing market in Germany and Austria (A029) and t...
This workshop, which focuses on owner-occupied housing in France, Spain and the UK, will present local forms of protest and resistance and their experiences. Who are the actors and initiators of these approaches, what are the goals they pursue: from the preservation and defence of affordable housing to the socialisation of housing and land. Do the initiatives also have overarching strategies that target resident-oriented rent, housing and land legislation or the mortgage policy of the financial sector? What are their concrete approaches to action and forms of resistance, what are their successes and failures, what are the decisive causes?
Three workshops will take place on the theme Defending Housing - From Practical Resistance to Housing Policy Strategy.
Two workshops will take place in parallel: The first deals with the rental housing market in Germany and Austria (A029) and t...
In this workshop, which focuses on the rental housing market in Germany and Austria, local forms of protest and resistance and their experiences will be presented. Who are the actors and initiators of these approaches, what are the goals they pursue: from the preservation and defence of affordable housing to the socialisation of housing and land. Do the initiatives also have overarching strategies that aim at resident-oriented rent, housing and land legislation? What are their concrete approaches to action and forms of resistance, what are their successes and failures, what are the decisive causes?
Especially in difficult times, social movements need a special, peaceful weapon: satire and humour - especially in our actions. We inspire ourselves with examples from different countries - and develop new ideas. Because: Capitalism is the most ri...
Especially in difficult times, social movements need a special, peaceful weapon: satire and humour - especially in our actions.
In the first part (c.a. 45 - 60 minutes) we would like to look at and listen to various successful examples of satire in action (as well as on the net and at events). Participants are welcome to bring in their own examples (clips, videos, photos; maximum three minutes long). This is best done in advance, but also possible during the event.
And then we want to talk about which ideas work why, where the problems are and how we can come up with new ideas.
Ideally, concrete new ideas for action will emerge in our format and we will be inspired by examples from other countries.
At Attac in Germany, we have often tried out such forms and gained a lot of experience. For example, at the 2016 German Summer Academy in Düsseldorf, we delivered neoliberalism in a satirical art performance in the museum.
No money for the military! No one should be forced against their conscience to contribute through taxes to the financing of the military, armaments and war. We advocate a civilian tax law. In this way, taxpayers decide that their income taxes will...
No money for the military - taxes for the military as a matter of conscience! People all over the world are in trouble with their consciences because of the military use of their taxes. Their lawsuits, refusal to pay taxes and the disadvantages they accept are an expression of an inner attitude that rejects military force and wants to contribute to peace by civilian means. They need public awareness, pastoral accompaniment and support for their demand for a civil tax law.
The civil tax law should divide the federal budget, for example in Germany, into two parts:
(a) the civilian budget and
b) the Federal Military Fund This is a special fund with all the costs for the Bundeswehr, armament (research) and NATO.
When filing their income tax return, taxpayers can then choose whether their money should go exclusively into the civilian budget or also into the Federal Military Fund. Then, as usual, parliament decides on the concrete use of all tax money. This is not a tax-saving model. Two expert reports certify that a civil tax law would be constitutional and feasible.
In 1993, the "Peace Tax Network" received the Aachen Peace Prize.
War is changing the security, human rights, social and ecological contexts across Europe and and the wider Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions, parts of which, like Syria, have been in a state of war for over a decade.
War is changing the security, human rights, social and ecological contexts We bring together a panel of experts and activists to discuss how we build solidarity across borders and support progressive solutions to present-day conflicts. In the context of Russia’s war on Ukraine, how do we build a model of collective security across Europe and surrounding Mediterranean regions? How do we support progressive and civil society movements opposing war and authoritarianism? How do we protect human life, support de-militarisation and build links with the peoples of Russia, Syria, Afghanistan and surrounding areas?
While just a few years ago, so-called "progressive" governments were in deep crisis and often driven from power in favour of reactionary and ultra-liberal governments, today there are a number of victories of left parties in Chile, Peru, Bolivia a...
While a few years ago the so-called "progressive" governments were in deep crisis and often driven from power to the benefit of reactionary and ultraliberal governments, we are now witnessing a series of victories by left-wing parties in Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Honduras, hybrid parties breaking with reactionary parties in Mexico and Argentina, and the possibility of victory for the left in Colombia and Brazil.
But this return of the lefts in Latin America is accompanied by lively debates between political forces and social movements on extractivism, development models, the place of indigenous peoples and their organisations, democratic measures, and the geopolitical positioning of these governments.
We will invite to this workshop Latin American activists and solidarity movements in Europe.
This workshop is aimed at different militant and activist groups and aims to share practices on the organisation and form of civil disobedience in order to reflect together on goals, strategies, levels of engagement, risks and effectiveness of act...
Faced with an increasingly offensive and destructive globalized capitalism, civil disobedience still appears to be a relatively effective means of resistance, especially at the local level. But it often has to take more and more radical forms to hope for concrete victories and to face increasing police and judicial repression.
Moreover, in the current context of social and climatic crises, it is unfortunately still difficult to mobilise widely and to have a real impact on public opinion, mainly because of a media landscape that is increasingly controlled and saturated with reactionary discourse.
Disobedience to this system is becoming urgent. But how to make it more effective?
The objective of this workshop is to lead a collective reflection on strategies, modes of action and organisation of disobedient actions allowing us to reinforce our power to act and to advance the different struggles for a more just and emancipating society.
It will take place mainly in the form of experience sharing with exchanges of practices, based on the dynamism and diversity of current struggles in different countries (social, environmental, feminist, anti-racist, alterglobalist struggles...)
Building on the idea of data as commons and digital infrastructure as a public good, this workshop will discuss political demands that social movements should promote and how we can fight locally, nationally and globally to curb the power of the t...
The tech giants are now the biggest and most powerful companies in the world. Initiatives have been taken to restrict them in the name of data protection (GDPR), competition (Digital Markets Act) and protection from hate speech and 'fake news'. However, with the advent of data collection and artificial intelligence, digitalisation is moving to the centre of what we want our society to look like in the future: from public services to jobs to our social lives.
Current solutions are limited and too often based on the assumption that the tech giants can solve the problem. There is a lack of policy responses to the monopolisation of our public space, infrastructure and the privatisation of data as a resource.
Starting from the idea of data as a commons and digital infrastructure as a public good, this workshop will discuss political demands and how we can fight on a local, national and global level. What can we learn from previous struggles for common resources and against harmful monopolies? How can we build international alliances to confront the tech giants and the geopolitical interests behind them?
An unconditional basic income (BGE) would secure everyone's material existence without reservation; they would not have to earn it and could not lose it. In this way, society could come into being because people want to form a society with each ot...
We test the thesis in three concrete fields: War, gender, health.
Just as the BGE guarantees livelihoods, war radically challenges them without affecting everyone equally. While men usually instigate and wage wars, others suffer more than they do.
suffer more than they do. Especially in the private sphere, women organise everyday life and keep life going. War is also a very specific issue for the basic income movement, even if we don't know the answer to whether a society with a basic income would be more peaceful.
Would a BGE keep women out of the labour market and entrench patriarchal structures, or would it be a chance to reconcile family life and work in a more relaxed way, for both men and women? We think that decoupling work and income would make invisible but necessary work visible and highlight its social importance.
People are willing to pay for their health, which makes business with health possible. Even more than poverty (poor people die earlier and are sick more often and more severely), material inequality threatens people's health. A BGE would reduce both poverty and inequality.
What transformative strategies are there and how do they interact with each other? What elements are missing from the movement and what capacities are not mobilised? How can we get an overview of the big picture? And how can we plan for systemic c...
This session is about connecting two dots: capitalism is the main cause of the climate and social crisis and climate emergency means action must be taken now. The logical conclusion is that we need to dismantle capitalism in the short term.
Speakers will challenge the lack of ambition in social movements and deconstruct theories of change based on pressure on governments. They will make proposals that go beyond campaigning. They will propose a movement-level organisational structure and grand strategy aimed at systemic change within climate mines.
What transformative strategies exist and how do they interact with each other? What elements are missing from the movement? What capacities of the movement are not mobilised? How can we get an overview of the big picture? And how can we plan for systemic change?
The workshop is about how trade unions and workers deal with the challenges that arise due to the necessary ecological transformation.
The European trade unions are developing tools for their delegates to take action in their companies in the context of ecological change. The first part of the workshop will present the tools of the different organisations present in order to open the discussion on the central role of workers in the conversion of production methods.
Based on the first part, we will expand the discussion on the role of workers in the ecological transition. We will build on a presentation of the outcomes of the 1st International Trade Union Forum on Environmental and Social Transitions, held in June 2021 (a second edition is planned for September 2022 in South Korea). We will look at the challenges and barriers to workers' engagement in the ecological transition. Finally, we will discuss the possibilities of building solidarity networks along production chains.
Fossil Free Zones are spaces that have gone "fossil free" by eliminating either extraction, processing or burning of one or more fossil fuels. The Fossil Free Zones campaign helps get clarity on where we stand on the journey beyond fossil fuels. L...
There are already many partially Fossil Free Zones around the world who have left coal, oil or gas (or all three) behind. The FFZ campaign makes these pioneers visible and encourages everyone to start building Fossil Free Zones starting in their homes, offices, schools, etc. moving to the city, state and country level. While building a fossil free world step by step, the campaign will help establish being "fossil free" as the new norm.
At our workshop we will look at where the campaign is at and how you can get involved from your own struggles for a faster energy transition. The FFZ campaign is inspired by the successful precedent of the Nuclear Weapon Free Zones, which proved very effective at promoting nuclear weapon disarmament and non-proliferation.
This workshop will discuss how European social movements can come together to make financial corporations pay for climate change through debt cancellation, polluter taxes and corporate climate reparations. As well as hearing from campaigners, we w...
We will start with short presentations by activists asking why private financial institutions play a key role in preventing climate justice, for example by refusing to cancel the debt of the Global South and continuing to finance fossil fuels. Activists will explain how they are trying to make these polluters pay for the climate crisis by forcing them to cancel debt and finance a just transition through pollution taxes or corporate climate reparations. This will be followed by a discussion in small groups on which financial institutions they could approach in their own countries to push this campaign and how we can work together to build a stronger European movement on these issues.
B142 Lützerath at the Garzweiler opencast lignite mine - focal point of the climate justice movement
The workshop is about the history of the emergence of the Lützerath focal point. The diversity of actors and their experiences in the context of movement building and alliance work will be presented. It is about strategy development and analysis o...
In this workshop, the current focus of the climate justice movement in Germany, LÜTZERATH, a small resistance village near Mönchengladbach, will be looked at from different perspectives.
The development towards the focus, which has now existed for about two years, is presented and analysed. The diverse resistance structures in Lützerath and the surrounding area are presented:
- The camp of Lützerath lives with numerous tree houses built by activists.
- The alliance "All villages stay
- the Lützerath vigil
- Leaving churches in the village
- "Unser aller Wald" also with numerous tree houses built by activists
- The RWE tribunal
Various studies will be discussed, which prove why the 1.5 degree limit runs in front of Lützerath, why the gigantic lignite excavators have to be stopped if Germany wants to realise its contribution to the compliance with the Paris Climate Agreement.
The role of the energy company RWE as "Europe's biggest climate killer" will also be addressed.
Finally, the red line action planned for Saturday afternoon in Lützerath is being prepared as part of the ESU.
How can the feminist analysis of the pandemic, through the "first of chores", of teleworking combined with domestic work, of increased domestic violence, energise our social demands to make them levers of struggle?
The pandemic has highlighted the prominent role of women in this global crisis situation. Given the importance of the most feminised sectors during the pandemic, the questions of private life/work-life balance, teleworking, and the increased domestic and family violence posed by the pandemic, what can we learn from a gendered approach to this crisis, to make it a lever for struggles and demands for social, feminist and ecological transformation?
People with intellectual disability experience difficulty forming intimate relationships and are prone to sexual exploitation and abuse. Here, my intentions are two folds: to uncover what is known about the sexual abuse with intellectual disabilit...
People with intellectual disability experience difficulty forming intimate relationships and are prone to sexual exploitation and abuse.
We would like to take 15-20 minutes for the presentation to discuss the topic and then have a question and answer session. If time allows, we can divide the participants into small groups to share their thoughts and ideas and come to a point on how we can stop this violence and discrimination against the children. Flipchart, video clips, photo messages and brochures will be used to brainstorm and convey the messages to the participants to make a lasting impact of the workshop.
The aim of this workshop is to raise awareness among the stakeholders about the importance of child health and discrimination and violence against disabled children. In doing so, we will also reflect on the misconception of "disabled children" who in reality are not disabled at all but can function in different ways. We will also share some photo messages and booklets with the participants so that they can take the messages home, reflect on them, realise the importance of child health and share the lessons and ideas with others so that together we are finally abl...
The voice of feminists from Ukraine and Eastern European countries will allow both to better share their point of view, their experience of the conflict in Ukraine, and to engage in a dialogue with feminists from other countries, around concrete i...
Putin's war in Ukraine has met with a lot of resistance.
This workshop proposes to give a voice to feminist comrades from Ukraine and Eastern European countries to share their views and experiences of the conflict, and to engage in dialogue with feminists from other countries. The testimonies of those who resist in Ukraine, Poland and Russia will focus on the questions that arise in everyday life in Ukraine, in order to resist, work and protect themselves. They will also address the difficulties and violence encountered by women who go into exile in Poland or elsewhere in Europe, but also the debates they face. Feminists in Europe have expressed their solidarity with the Ukrainian and Russian resistance, but there are different positions. How to support those primarily affected by the war? How can we organise ourselves on a European level?
A leather bag gives insights into different stories from her industry. In this programme item, she is mainly concerned with Syrian refugees in the leather sector in Turkey. And all the reasons why actors in Germany have (nothing?) to do with it.
The protagonist of the workshop is a leather bag that provides the participants with different stories of "her" industry. They are about families fleeing from Syria to Turkey, about "We can do it" debates in Germany, about Turkish operators of leather goods factories, about workers from Turkey who have been producing leather goods for a long time, and about companies in Germany that consider themselves global pioneers in terms of human rights.
After the bags have told their stories with the help of the participants, questions, comments and discussion with the speaker from SÜDWIND follow. Details from the work of SÜDWIND and other civil society organisations are explained. Afterwards, participants will jointly consider which measures could prevent negative developments such as child labour and exploitation in informal employment in the sector.
Working time reduction is a crucial part of the urgent socio-ecological transition. Successful it can be only on an European level. The European Network for the Fair Sharing of Working Time will present its activities, the fights of trade-unions a...
in the workshop 3 members of the steering committee of the European Network for the Fair Sharing of Working Time from France, Germany and UK will present the activities for working time reduction on a European level. Specially the 4day-week-campaign in the UK, the demands and fights of trade unions for shorter working hours, at first of the IG Metall/Germany, and good examples of working time reduction in enterprises and municipalities. together with the participants shall be discussed, how working time reduction as a crucial part of the necessary socio-ecological transition can be promoted in the everyday life, in the trade unions and social movements and in politics. also the reflection on how to intensify the exchange on the different trials to promote WTR in the European countries will be part of the workshop.
Argentina has a long history of partial debt repayment. The current matter concerns a debt that Mauricio Macri's right-wing predecessor government contracted with the IMF. There are options other than repayment, they are imperative if human rights...
The Argentinian people have long been caught in the debt trap of austerity measures, mostly imposed by thye IMF as a condition to new loans. There is nothing surprising about an openly right-wing president such as Macri embracing such measures whole-heartedly. On the other hand when the current president Alberto Fernandez contracts a new conditional loan from the IMF this is reneging on his former commitments and betraying those who elected him. This has resulted in massive popular mobilizations. We shall also offer brief comments on the debt issue in Latin America. The workshop will include a video contribution from Maria Elena Saludas speaking from Buenos Aires [provided the time slot is compatible with the time zone difference]. We invite participants to share their experience of resisting financial markets and IFIs' diktats.
Presentation of the Casa Comun project, which critically accompanies the Assembly of the World Council of Churches taking place at the same time.
The workshop will focus on the following topics: Economy/capitalism/digitalisation, climate, healing and liberation, war and peace, migration, feminism, globalisation/division of societies into rich and poor, and authoritarian formation.
The workshop will address the struggles for undocumented workers across Europe.
Driven by armed conflict, persecution and climate change, undocumented workers across Europe serve as labour for the widespread outsourcing of often the heaviest tasks of the "capitalist democracies". This leads to the shameless exploitation of undocumented workers, who are very often the only ones available for low wages and impossible hours...
It is proposed to discuss how they can organise, what support they receive, what kind of struggles they wage and what balances they draw.
A077 From the North to the South of the planet: denouncing the illegitimate debts claimed from the working classes
Crises reinforce capitalism and deepen inequality. Household debt is a powerful mechanism to ensure submission. Why question it? How to shake off the yoke?
We will explore with participants what illegitimate debt is, how it applies to microcredit, student debt and housing debt, and what the solutions are to abolish them and thereby begin a transition to an economy free of capitalism.
The workshop will be presented by Éric Toussaint, spokesperson for the CADTM international network, and Omar Aziki, member of the ATTAC CADTM Morocco national secretariat and the CADTM international shared secretariat.
Digitalisation has become one of the most widespread buzzwords of our time. The workshop will take a closer look at the changes in capitalist production through the use of digital information and communication technologies.
Digitalisation has become one of the most widespread buzzwords of our time. The workshop will take a closer look at the changes in capitalist production through the use of digital information and communication technologies.
How are digital technologies of networking and platform companies changing the world of work? How are wage-earning workers appropriating the new technologies? How do labour struggles change under the conditions of the digitalised economy?
The pandemic has seen huge inequality in vaccine access thanks to a system that puts pharma companies’ monopolies before people’s health. Campaigns to suspend intellectual property on vaccines have grown and alternatives are emerging. What next in...
Two years after the outbreak of the pandemic, 85% of people in low-income countries still do not have access to a Covid 19 vaccine. Meanwhile, the big pharmaceutical companies are making record profits. The main vaccines have all relied on huge amounts of public money that the pharmaceutical companies have privatised, patented and monopolised. This system, which rewards companies like Pfizer for keeping their vaccine recipes secret, also prevents manufacturers in the Global South from producing their own.
Campaigns for change have grown and more than 100 countries are supporting efforts to lift intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines.
A WHO-supported project in South Africa has reverse engineered the Moderna vaccine. The Cuban vaccine and an off-patent vaccine from the US also suggest that a better system is possible. Meanwhile, planning for future pandemics has revived thinking about access to public medical research. The monopoly system of the big pharmaceutical companies is starting to crack. How can we organise to capitalise on this?
This is a workshop to analyse and examine our education system and the way the pandemic has highlighted the shortcomings and benefits of a Latin system focused on equal education at the earliest levels of education. It provides a creative response...
The workshop will cover the following topics:
- Covid 19 and its impact on students, especially the younger ones.
- The evolution of the policies and the response of families to their children. Teleworking from home, its advantages and disadvantages.
- Health and social proposals to combat Covid, including in and around schools.
- Trade union measures to achieve criteria and reasonable efficiency in their application.
- School work related to the most disadvantaged sectors of society, such as the alcoholic women of Palencia and the creation of an illustrated book about their lives in the form of stories written by them.
- Proposing "softer" curricula that leave opportunities for students and society to combat absenteeism and the Nini phenomenon.
- Education and an opportunity for internationalisation that leads to true sustainability of the different countries and cultures on planet Earth.
The EU is very crucial to the daily lives of Europeans.
This workshop explains how the European Union works and discusses possible developments of the EU.
The European Union is not a state, but an association of 27 states bound by the signature of treaties that commit them institutionally. This workshop aims to advance the reflection on the nature of the EU and its possible evolutions: affirmation of a confederation, establishment of a federation on the basis of the current treaties, reform or recasting in a way that is favourable to the European peoples.
The points dealt with are the following:
1- The genesis of the EU in the aftermath of the Second World War: the role of the United States and its links with the Marshall Plan and NATO, the constitution of an economic and then political bloc, the choices made after 1991.
2- The European treaties in the light of the free trade and free investment treaties.
3- The questions that arise (European defence, role of the Parliament, extension of the field of exclusive competence, generalisation of qualified majority voting, presidency of Europe).
Towards a European state, a confederation, a federation, a mixed one, maintaining the status quo?
Is it possible to overcome the neo-liberal ratchets of the treaties? If not, how can the treaties be disobeyed and/or c...
Who are the Syrian democrats, their organisations, their demands and their modes of action? How can we support their self-organisation, and enable a rights-based political solution?
The peaceful uprising and its armed resistance against the Syrian dictatorship since 2011 succeeded in liberating 70% of the territory in the summer of 2012 and in electing or co-opting democratic local councils. The repression by the Syrian dictatorship and its Russian, Iranian and Lebanese allies forced the democratic resistance into subordination to reactionary factions in the opposition, underground or into exile.
Faced with the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army, movements of solidarity with Ukraine and against the war have been organised throughout the continent. How to develop this solidarity but also to fight against militarism?
The invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army plunges the whole of Europe into a war with multiple consequences.
This workshop will seek first of all to allow the solidarity movements with Ukraine and against the war that have been structured across the continent to discuss their experiences and ways to further increase acts of solidarity with the Ukrainian people and the anti-war movements in Russia. It should also provide an opportunity to discuss the future of the European Union and ways to respond to the social and democratic demands of the continent's social movements, as well as alternatives to militarism and military alliances (NATO, CSTO) whose existence undermines peace on the continent and in the rest of the world.
WeMove Europe has run an on-the-ground project in Poland in collaboration with Extinction Rebellion and other activists for the for the last year and a half. While the project is not over, there are already many lessons we can share with others in...
We all know the crucial intersections between farming practices in Europe and climate change. Changing farming policy in the European Union remains essential, but change from the ground is the other side of the coin we shouldn't forget about. Farming communities have agency, they are not just mere 'recipients' of policies agreed by decision-makers. If working hand in hand with climate activists, farming practices can start to change from the bottom-up . For that purpose farming communities and climate activists need a common understanding, common messaging, common goals, and of course mutual trust. This is precisely what our project has been experimenting with in Poland over the past year and half - and will continue to do. We'd love to share our trial and errors, our methodology, and plans so that others can learn, and also feedback to us. We'd love to inspire similar initiatives elsewhere in Europe and start a transnational farming revolution against climate change from the bottom-up!
Is football political or not? Qatar presents itself as "modern" and "cosmopolitan" and uses major events, such as the 2022 football championship, to consolidate this image. But if you look behind the scenes, you see that the emirate has dark sides...
Qatar is a country that is gaining more and more influence in world politics at the moment. The emirate presents itself as "modern" and "cosmopolitan" and uses major events, such as the 2022 World Cup, to consolidate this image. But if you look behind the scenes and see how Qatar resembles a company that makes its employees work under the worst conditions, it becomes clear that the emirate has dark sides that deprive people of their rights.
The workshop is meant to be interactive. Through joint discussions and tasks, we can also work out joint solutions. At the beginning of the workshop, the students should get an impression of the extent to which sport and politics actually belong together. Furthermore, we would like to clarify the situation in Qatar. On the one hand, this means the situation of the guest workers, but also of the religious minorities in the country. It is also important for us to shed light on Qatar's aggressive foreign policy, because Qatar is involved in persecuting and killing many minorities by financing extremist groups. Finally, we would like to enter into a future-oriented discussion. How can we build bridges and use this World Cup to better shape the f...
In 2019 the EU and the South American Mercosur countries announced an agreement about the free trade agreement between the two blocks. In this workshop we will explore why the EU-Mercosur free trade agreement is so harmful to people and planed and...
In 2019 the EU and the South American Mercosur countries announced an agreement about the free trade agreement between the two blocks. In this workshop, we will explore why the EU-Mercosur free trade agreement is so harmful to people and planed and what we can do to stop it.
Since then social movements, trade unions, indigenous peoples and farmers have succefully fought to stop the agreement.
In this workshop, we will think together about how we can better involve workers and their struggles in climate struggles, because in order to effectively fight the climate crisis, we also need to involve workers more. We will look at different op...
In the fight against the climate crisis, the needs and interests of workers must also be included and taken into account. In the workshop, we will prepare short inputs on past examples and possible forms of cooperation. We will also collect, develop and discuss ideas with the participants on how we can better involve workers in our climate activism at the local level. The aim of the workshop is to find concrete starting points of cooperation together, so that after the workshop the participants have new options and ideas to shape their local activism together with workers.
The shrinking 1.5-degree carbon budget leaves no doubt: we need to get off fossil fuels as soon as possible and in the 2020s in the global North. But what would a rapid energy transition look like in this decade? What instruments and mechanisms ca...
Few institutions are preparing for a full transition to 100 per cent renewables and the abandonment of fossil fuels within a few years - but this is exactly what we need to limit warming to less than 1.5 degrees.
We will present a tool to rebut the "it's too expensive" argument by engaging central banks through an innovative mechanism and exploring together what hidden potentials can be found in your own organisations and home countries to achieve the phase-out by 2030. How can such a rapid transition be achieved? By removing money. In a Climate Bailout, central banks would provide the funds needed for a rapid phase-out of fossil fuels. Join us in imagining a way to achieve the transition much faster. After all, the banking crisis and the pandemic have shown that there is no shortage of money if you prioritise, and the war in Ukraine has shown that we can get off fossil fuels much faster if we really want to.
Zero by 2030 is a necessity and you are invited to create this new reality.
What effect does the war in Ukraine have on one of the key points of the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the energy transition? Speakers from Europa and Asia will tackle the loopholes and challenges in the implementation of this crucial tra...
Implementing the Paris Agreement means that a fundamental global shift is needed in the way we organise our economy. Pledges have been made, but to what effect? One of the side effects of the awful war in Ukraine was that Europe suddenly realised that it had so speed up its energy transition and generate more local, renewable energy. Did this materialise in concrete plans? And, what are the effects of raising fossil fuel costs on the emerging economies in Asia, and on their emission-commitments. How do countries like China, India and Indonesia define 'just transition'? Can Europe learn from their policies, or do we see similar challenges and loopholes?
Health, early childhood and loss of independence from a gender perspective are the main content areas of this workshop.
This workshop deals with health, early childhood and loss of autonomy from a gender perspective. Social needs are very important in these sectors. They represent a major challenge for society in order to meet the requirement of equality between women and men and to build a social state that promotes emancipation. How are these needs addressed in different countries in Europe? How can we set up genuine qualified and upgraded professional channels - which must be removed from the "female" label - and think of the entire care sector in terms of this objective? How can we ensure that the importance of all these activities for collective well-being is recognised?
#MakingTheInvisibleVisible: Toolkit for Feminist Economics. A pedagogical proposal for secondary school teachers and students
We at Economistas sin Fronteras have developed a toolkit on feminist economics that we hope will be useful for anyone who wants to engage with feminist economics, especially teachers who are looking for useful tools and resources to address and re...
We at Economistas sin Fronteras have developed a toolkit on feminist economics that we hope will be useful for anyone who wants to learn about feminist economics, especially teachers.
We see our workshop as a space where we can have a dialogue, a meeting point to test our experiences in developing and testing our toolkit. We want to put our tools into practice and hear from similar experiences. We believe that education that promotes a critical, anti-capitalist consciousness is the best strategy for raising awareness, and therefore we want to put our experiences at the service of society. In this way, we aim to socialise knowledge and practices and encourage teachers and activists to rethink their didactic and pedagogical approaches.
Our toolkit includes:
- A dossier on Feminist Economics.
- A teaching/learning guide for teachers
- A guide to feminist economics
- A 10-question quiz
- The app on time use: The economy feeds on our time
- Four life stories
Islamophobia is one of the most important examples of racism, stigmatisation and discrimination in the twenty-first century. Yet, there is still a lack of joined-up international campaigning and advocacy on this vital issue.
The issue of Islamophobia still lacks a united international campaign and advocacy effort that foregrounds the perspectives and views of Muslim communities and activists. Despite the role that a specific fear and hatred of Muslims has played in the creation of the refugee 'crisis' across Europe, and the way this has been taken up by the far right, Islamophobia has often been 'subsumed' into general anti-racist and anti-fascist campaigns, rather than being recognised as an issue that needs specific, direct political intervention and outreach to Muslim communities.
The panel discussion aims to develop an international dialogue on this important area of progressive intervention and work towards practical outcomes based on solidarity and internationalism.
Together with the participants, we will take a closer look at the issue of racist language in everyday work in the field of migration counselling.
First we will present our professional practice and give a short introduction to the topic "Racism in Migration Counselling". In the further course, we will share examples from our work practice in an interactive part. Participants will be able to actively participate and share their experiences. In the discussion we will answer questions about which forms of racism (in migration counselling) we should deal with, what effects it has on staff and clients and how we can better recognise and avoid it.
The aim of the workshop is to question our own communication and to be able to recognise and address discriminatory communication patterns in everyday life more quickly.
Against regulars' table slogans!
It's that time again, the völkisch mob and its Nazi supporters are taking over many regulars' tables. This is sh... and grates on the nerves!
We're doing something about it - we're training our nerves and our arg...
Argumentation training against slogans at the regulars' table
Argumentation training is a kind of workshop, a laboratory, an open learning situation. Here, learning does not take place through instruction, but through joint practice and the playful confrontation of the participants with reality. Here you also - but by no means only - get knowledge...
In argumentation training, political statements, arguments, slogans and slogans are examined for their emotional basis and effect and factual appropriateness, and possible counter-strategies are tested.
(Klaus Peter Hufer)
And it's fun, too.
Besides: We also have slogans at the regulars' table.
At the end of April, beginning of May 2023, Friends of Nature will hold a peace march from West to East. This is supported by the worldwide Indian movement Jai Jagat (Wellbeing for All) and the worldwide organisation Arche.
The aim is to reach a ...
The Naturefriends of Germany organise a peace march through Germany every two years. The last one took place in 2021 from Hamburg to Lake Constance.
Jai Jagat is a worldwide movement based on the principles of Gandhi. In 2020, a worldwide march to the UN in Geneva was planned, which started in New Delhi on the 150th anniversary of Gandhi's birth on 2 October 2019 and could not be completed in Armenia in March 2020 due to Corona. Despite all this, five marches arrived at the UN in Geneva on 26.9.20 and have reached a dignified preliminary conclusion with the global organisation The Meal. As the international 17 SDGs agreed by the UN are to be implemented in 2030, it was decided to declare a Jai Jagat decade.
As degrowth seems more and more the only option we have to come back to sustainable societies, it's urgent to define it firmly on a political and philosophical level: not only as an ecological doctrine but as a social doctrine as well.
In the face of ecological distress, we hear more and more often the term degrowth. Degrowth is understood as a path that democratically organises the dismantling of the entire production chain (extraction/production/consumption/distribution) in order to return to an ecologically sustainable, socially humane and democratically organised society. A route be it, but with what political aim? Since we are reaching most of the biophysical limits of the planet and infinite growth is impossible in a finite world, it is not uncommon to hear shrinkage presented as "inevitable". We would then have no choice but to follow this path to prevent collapse. But should returning to planetary boundaries really be a political goal in itself, even at the risk of depoliticising shrinkage? We advocate shrinking not because of climate protection and resource scarcity, but because we have a political goal: the preservation of social life, a good and meaningful life for all together. The world of growth is the world of the absurd, degrowth is above all the search for meaning: common sense, public spirit, meaning in life.
The health system in Germany has been transformed into a market since the mid-1980s. The effects are devastating. Hospital workers have been fighting back against the conditions since 2015 at the latest. What do they propose? What needs to change?
The health care system in Germany, and here especially the hospital sector, has been transformed into a market since the mid-1980s. With the introduction of per-case flat rates, this development has reached a temporary climax: even non-profit hospitals have to behave like capitalist enterprises in this system. All processes are subordinated to economic priorities, i.e. trimmed to profit or the "black zero". The effects on workers and patients are devastating. This became obvious in the Corona crisis: it became clear that in Germany there are many technically highly equipped hospitals with relatively many intensive care beds, but far too few staff for the patients. Hospital workers have been fighting back against these conditions since 2015 at the latest. Last year, there was a strike in Berlin for over four weeks for relief and more staff.
What are the solutions to these problems? What do the workers propose? What has to change so that the health care system is first and foremost there for the needs of the patients? This raises fundamental questions of capitalist socialisation, which we want to discuss in the workshop.
The workshop will focus on content analysis followed by a discussion on proposals and possibilities for action on the topic of tax justice and tax evasion.
Tax policy is unfair and inefficient. Tax evasion is estimated at 800 to 1 trillion euros in the European Union. However, the measures taken, such as taxation of multinational companies, are insufficient. Therefore, we need to rethink the role of tax policy, propose measures for tax justice and really fight tax evasion.
The workshop will discuss implemented and future actions on these issues.
Opinions about the People's Republic of China differ widely. The workshop aims to provide insights into Chinese society and in particular into the development of production and the world of work and to inform about social struggles in China.
Opinions about the People's Republic of China differ widely: some see the country as a "socialist market economy" according to the self-description of the Chinese Communist Party, or at least on the way to socialism; for others it is a capitalist society. Does the structure of the Chinese state possibly offer better possibilities for dealing with social and ecological problems than in the countries of the "West", despite capitalist production relations? Or must this form of authoritarian statehood be subjected to special criticism? The relationship of progressive forces to China is becoming more relevant as the "West" reacts to China's rise with increasingly confrontational policies.
The workshop aims to provide insights into Chinese society and in particular into the development of production and the world of work and to inform about social struggles in China.
Today, humanity and the planet face great challenges. The anti-globalisation movement was an attempt to find global answers to these challenges. What has become of it?
Today, humanity and the planet are faced with major challenges, such as the climate crisis and the collapse of biodiversity, the multiplication of pandemics, wars and imperialist interventions, as in Ukraine, the retreat of democracy with the arrival in power of authoritarian governments, etc. etc. The alterglobalization movement was an attempt to build global responses to these challenges, involving social movements from all over the world.
The alterglobalization movement was an attempt to build global responses to these challenges, involving social movements from all continents. But today, while mobilisations are developing at a very high level in many countries, the frameworks and tools built twenty years ago and more (Social Forums, International Thematic Alliances...) are in crisis and losing momentum.
This workshop will seek to reflect on the causes of these developments and possible responses for social movements.
We will get cosy with financial lingo and together begin to consider how we can build utopias within such an estranged world to many of us. The goal is to connect abstract visioning principles with knowledge about financial systems to build a tool...
Sometimes it seems that the less we know about a subject, the easier it is to imagine utopias for it. The more we delve into the subject and realise the complexity, the harder it becomes to imagine how things could work differently. How can we design utopias once we are deeply immersed in the financial system and have a look at its inner workings? This is the question we want to explore together.
Back to the Basics - Opening the "Black Box".
Together we will open the lid of the box in which the international financial system boils and steams, seemingly without following any recipe.
Why should this matter to us?
Together we will consider why this issue matters to the struggle of each of us.
Building utopias - where do we start?
Using storytelling techniques, we will look at examples of how utopias are built and lived to understand what building blocks we need.
We will apply visioning tools to develop small utopias for specific areas of the financial system, "Financial flow to go" for our toolbox.
Trade unions that are only organised in a national framework are reaching their limits due to the internationalisation of production. We will reflect on previous experiences with an internationalist practice and discuss whether and how it can be s...
Wage earners and trade unions have been considerably weakened by the internationalisation of production and the intensified competition between locations. Within the European Union, the partial shift of legislation to the supranational level also poses particular challenges to actors who are only organised at the national level. Trade unions, which to this day are mainly organised within a national framework, are reaching their limits. Nevertheless, international solidarity or even international organising proves to be difficult in practice - the national conditions of production and the traditions of industrial relations in the individual states seem to be too different. The workshop will reflect on previous experiences with an internationalist practice and discuss whether and how it can be strengthened.
In this workshop, we’ll work on how activism moves us, as well as the ways in which it can burn us out and cause damage. Collectively, we’ll build care and resilience strategies to ensure we’re looking after ourselves and our community, and that o...
The workshop combines tactics to create a brave and safe space to be able to talk and listen with honesty, authenticity, and courage. We will move big and small group exercises and individual exercises. The techniques will help participants raise awareness about resilience, and we help them to understand where burnout comes from, causes, symptoms, and consequences. We will combine both theory and use examples from participants' practical experience. This process will create collective and meaningful learning and will encourage participants to practice mindful resilience and wellbeing for themselves, their groups and their communities. Our main goals are to make well-being an essential part of work practices within the activism of young organizers. We will facilitate a network of activists, interested in the well-being of their groups who can share experiences and participate in instances of learning together, as well as being able to multiply other care strategies through their own groups.
A032 Preconditions and success factors of housing movements - networking and opportunities for a system change
Three workshops will take place on the theme Defending Housing - From Practical Resistance to Housing Policy Strategy.
Two workshops will take place in parallel: The first deals with the rental housing market in Germany and Austria (A029) and t...
This workshop is about overarching preconditions and success factors of housing movements as well as the interconnectedness of forms of resistance and opportunities for system change. In which cities and in which housing estates is resistance taking place? With what common or different results? Where is there a networking of forms of resistance and initiatives? Has this increased the effectiveness of resistance? Is there networking with initiatives and activities in other problem areas (labour, health, climate, etc.)? Does this aim in the direction of systemic change?
Social movements in African countries face particular difficulties. Nevertheless, there is a diverse civil society in all countries. Activists from Benin, Mali and Togo report on their activities and possibilities of influence.
In African countries, too, people in social movements are striving to shape social and environmental conditions in the interest of the people. But the social movements in these countries have to struggle with particular difficulties. They range from a lack of resources to state oppression. Nevertheless, there is a diverse civil society in almost all countries, ranging from organisations in the tradition of liberation movements to self-help groups and environmental movements. There are active Attac groups in the Central African states of Senegal, Benin and Togo. In Morocco, the Attac group is repeatedly among the organisers of broad mass protests against poverty and oppression. Activists from these countries are traditionally guests at the European Summer Universities. In Mönchengladbach, activists from Benin, Mali and Togo will report on their activities and possibilities of influence.
In the workshop, after viewing the exhibits, the participants will select posters that will then be analysed and discussed according to various points of view.
Artists respond to deficits and conflicts in society by showing alternative ways. Through the subversive and ironic activities of artists, art can support political ideas. Political events and government decisions are almost always accompanied by public resistance. The controversial legal provisions in international treaties such as CETA, ACTA, TTIP or meetings of the G7 countries and climate summits brought thousands of people onto the streets. There are always waves of protest because politics and business want to impose their decisions on citizens. In order to make a certain problem visible, political campaigns are regularly carried out by activists or non-governmental organisations. Artists create posters, leaflets, stickers or organise happenings on behalf of or on their own initiative, the motives of which are to present certain values to the public.
Examples from the protests in Poland:
From the inscription "Konstytucja" (Constitution) on Luka Rayski's poster, the characters "You" in white and "I" in red stand out. The poster became a symbol of protests in defence of justice.
B004 Mobility at stake in Europe - challenges of the climate crisis and social impacts in the aviation and shipping sectors
The transport sector is one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions. The ongoing climate crisis has led to public action. Although the targets are insufficient, socially and geographically inequitable, they will trigger dramatic changes. ...
Transport is the only sector where emissions have increased in the EU. The ongoing climate crisis has led to public action at national, European and global level. It must be ensured that workers in the aviation and shipping transport sectors benefit from up-skilling and retraining, from the creation of alternative jobs in climate-friendly sectors and from the involvement of trade unions in the whole process.
At the European level, the first thing to be achieved is
- a common understanding of the climate impact of the transport sector and the time-limited need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- highlighting the false goals of the states and the EU and the false promises and bogus answers of the capitalist owners
- a vision of the changes needed to meet the 1.5°C target
- highlight that workers in the sector are facing massive changes (retraining, re-skilling, developing alternative jobs)
- first steps for social alliances (trade unions / climate activists / international networks... ) to advance these goals.
B009 Struggles against the appropriation of water and the pollution of the aquatic environment by private companies in Europe
Several cases of water grabbing and water pollution in Europe by the bottled water industry, mining, the planned Tesla factory in Berlin and the planned expansion of Barcelona airport will be presented, but also the resulting struggles of civil so...
The bottled water industry and mining claim water and pollute the aquatic environment, as do some factories and transport infrastructure. In several places in Europe, civil society is organising to fight against these private companies that do not comply with EU water regulations. Collectif Eau 88 will present the fight against Nestlé Waters in Vittel, Comitato Umbro Acqua Pubblica the fight against Roquetta SA in the Apennines, Collectif Destocamine the fight against Stocamine in Alsace, Berliner Wassertisch the fight against Tesla's Giga Factory construction project in Berlin/Brandenburg and SOS Bai Llobregat the fight against the planned expansion of Barcelona Airport in the Llobregat Delta. Then they will discuss how all these struggles can be brought together to address the European institutions more effectively. Climate change has already exacerbated conflicts over water use. The European institutions must ensure that the Water Framework Directive is implemented by the individual member states, even if this runs counter to the interests of private companies such as those we are denouncing.
In summer 2020 Fridays For Future and ver.di joined forces to fight for better working conditions in the public transport sector. In this workshop, activists who were involved at the time share their experiences and discuss how the climate movemen...
What now, climate movement? Time is running out, but the necessary changes are not happening. Greenwashed capitalism seems too powerful for our movement unless we tap into new resources of power. Within Die Linke.SDS - the student association within DIE LINKE - we are discussing strategies to solve this problem. We are of the opinion: There must be a Labour Turn in the climate movement and a Climate Turn in the trade union movement. In 2020, we therefore helped to build the alliance of Fridays for Future and ver.di. Currently we are working on new eco-socialist projects and organising a big congress on the strategy of the climate movement in November.
In this workshop we will present our theoretical assumptions, our practical experiences and our strategy proposal for the future. In preparation, participants can download our brochure "'My Pronoun is Bus Driver'. The joint campaign of Friday for Future and Ver.di for the collective bargaining round in public transport 2020", published by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.
There will be enough time for a joint discussion. Because we are convinced: only together can we find adequate answers to the complex challenges of the movement.
How does civil society envision an environmentally and socially compatible post-mining landscape beyond the mining companies' rehabilitation plans? After a short input sequence, workshop participants will have the opportunity to get creative and d...
Besides climate change, the loss of biodiversity is one of the biggest environmental problems. Coal mining not only has a catastrophic impact on our climate, but also on our biodiversity. As soon as the excavators stop and the opencast mines are closed, large areas of land will be available for after-use and thus also opportunities to restore biodiversity.
The fact that local people are affected by post-mining developments, and that society as a whole bears the costs of post-mining development, highlights the importance of raising our voices in relation to mine closure planning and implementation. In this workshop, we will create a vision of how civil society envisions an environmentally and socially sustainable post-mining landscape beyond the rehabilitation plans of mining companies. After a short input sequence, workshop participants will have the opportunity to get creative and draw a vision of the future post-mining landscape. We will discuss the developed visions in the workshop group. Furthermore, we will discuss ways in which civil society can influence the decisions of mining companies.
Commitment must be enjoyable and effective. Ethecon presents two awards annually. One honours outstanding commitment to the protection and preservation of the Blue Planet, the other reviles shocking responsibility for ruining the Earth into an uni...
First, the ethecon Foundation Ethics & Economics is briefly presented, then the Blue Planet Project with the two awards. The aim of this project is to hold those responsible for corporate crimes accountable and to show what changes are needed towards a solidary and sustainable life and economy worldwide. The work is interactive.
The "open veins" of Latin America continue to be plundered. The continent remains trapped in the role of raw material supplier. This has not changed even under left-wing governments. Input on the causes as well as the ecological and social consequ...
In 1971, the book "The Open Veins of Latin America" was published, in which Eduardo Galeano described the 500-year colonial and neo-colonial plundering of the continent. It became a standard work. 50 years later, the journalist Andy Robinson summarised his reports on today's structure of exploitation under the title "Gold, Oil and Avocados - The New Open Veins of Latin America". The continent is still a supplier of raw materials. The profits end up with the multinationals. The ecological and social consequences of extractivism remain on the ground: polluted nature, destroyed livelihoods, displacement of indigenous populations, poverty and often danger to the lives of those who resist.
In the last two decades, hopes have been pinned on centre-left governments in several countries. However, they have not changed the structure. They have used the revenues from the commodity boom for a certain redistribution and a successful fight against poverty. But even under left-wing auspices, extractivism has had devastating consequences. The climate catastrophe makes the discussion on what alternatives are conceivable and how they can be enforced all the more urgent.
B052 Nuclear power, between climate, economic and geopolitical issues, a struggle that is more topical than ever
The ageing of power plants, the proliferation of radioactive waste, climate change, the war in Ukraine - nuclear power is a pressing issue that requires clear and urgent action in view of the decisive environmental and socio-economic challenges.
While the nuclear industry is presented as a providential and urgent solution to climate change, and new reactor construction programmes are flourishing throughout the world, the problems of radioactive waste, the prohibitive costs of complex and lengthy construction sites subject to numerous hazards, and the issue of safety, which has been illustrated by the war in Ukraine, place the anti-nuclear struggle at the heart of the news.
For all climate justice and environmental movements, the challenge of taking an explicit position on the nuclear phase-out is crucial and urgent.
What is the role of scientists, researchers and academics in the climate and ecological emergency? This workshop brings together activists from Scientist Rebellion with other climate activists and scientists/researchers. Together we will discuss e...
What is the role of scientists, researchers and academics in the climate and ecological emergency? This workshop brings together activists from Scientist Rebellion with other climate activists and scientists/researchers. Together we will discuss experiences and strategies for civil disobedience, and connect our struggles.
The workshop will be moderated by activists in the Nordic Scientist Rebellion group, and there will hopefully also be other activists from other SR groups. We will present and discuss the objectives and coming into being of a globally connected SR community. The workshop provides a platform to link with and plan together with other climate movements.
Due to public pressure, companies are setting net-zero emissions targets to give the impression that they are taking aggressive climate action. This "race to net-zero" leads to a sharp increase in demand for carbon offsets that often do not result...
Due to public pressure, companies are setting net-zero emissions targets to give the impression that they are taking aggressive climate action. This "race to net-zero emissions" leads to a strong increase in demand for carbon offsets. They do not lead to actual emission reductions, at best they can only neutralise emissions. They maintain the status quo and serve as a means for companies to avoid actual changes to their unsustainable business models.
In recent years, the carbon sequestering properties of the natural environment are increasingly being commercialised and used to claim carbon offsets, adding to the pressure on indigenous territories. There have been cases where conservation projects have led to the displacement of entire communities and even serious human rights violations such as extrajudicial killings and rape.
In this workshop we will explore how carbon offsets work, how they are linked to the financialisation of nature, and how they are linked to evictions and other human rights violations of indigenous peoples on the ground in the context of supposed conservation. We will also discuss how we can build alliances in the climate movement to demand an end to...
B018 How to organise the transport turnaround locally? Activities using the example of Frankfurt am Main
The drastic climate changes have also led to a different view of our traffic situation. The protests against the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main in 2019 have led to the founding of the "Bündnis Verkehrswende Frankfurt", which a...
Until the 1970s, cities were planned as car-friendly cities: wide streets, lots of space for parking and little space for cycling and walking.
The drastic climate changes have also led to a different view of our traffic situation.
More and more citizens want to use public transport and bicycles to travel into the city. Who owns the public space? Is the further expansion and construction of main roads and motorways still justifiable in view of the climate catastrophe? How must public transport be equipped to be an alternative to car traffic?
Frankfurt is Germany's commuter capital. Every day, more than 385,000 people travel from the surrounding area to their workplace in the city. Frankfurt has 764,000 inhabitants, which means that Frankfurt grows by 50 percent every day.
The workshop will use the example of the city of Frankfurt am Main to show how alliances can be formed locally to jointly influence a different transport policy and what measures are necessary to increase the pressure on politicians and bring the people who are affected along for the ride.
The globalised capitalist system is both harmful to women's rights and to the environment. What are the feminist responses to these challenges? One perspective of ecofeminism is to go beyond this model. Behind this approach lies a variety of activ...
A better understanding of how men and women, because of the social roles assigned to them by society, experience and cope with environmental and social degradation differently is essential to design policies that contribute not only to fighting for the climate and the environment but also to bringing about more social justice and equality.
It is not about seeing women as victims, but also as actors in many struggles, they are essential for change.
Right-wing extremism is by no means limited to Germany or Europe. The international right is well networked worldwide. The first step in this workshop is to give all participants an overview of the current situation and then, in a second step, to ...
For some time now, we have been witnessing how the European idea of growing together is being thwarted by ever louder voices calling for nationalism and separation. The New Right, as well as right-wing extremist groups and parties, recognised early on the opportunities offered by transnational networking, especially through the internet,
especially through the internet. Traditional local regulars' tables with little reach are a thing of the past. Today, hate and agitation are spread almost in real time and far beyond national borders. This workshop will shed light on the most important actors and strategies of this networking in the right-wing spectrum with the aim of developing ideas for suitable countermeasures.
The right to vote for all foreigners exists in 12 EU countries, and partially in 2 others (under condition of reciprocity). Non-EU foreigners do not have the right to vote in 13 EU countries (including 2 states that can grant it constitutionally, ...
In France, a group of organisations has been campaigning for the right to vote for 30 years. A bill was passed in the National Assembly and the Senate, but it lacked the necessary step to pass a constitutional law. Nevertheless, public opinion has been in favour of this democratic advance for 15 years. Similar or different steps have been taken in the other VRAR countries, which will be presented in the workshop.
The European network "Voting Rights for All Residents" (VRAR), which brings together collectives from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, has as one of its main objectives the promotion of the right to vote in local elections (municipal, departmental and regional, depending on the state) for all European residents.
The workshop will present the principles of the struggle for this democratic right, its history in Europe since its creation in 1848 in the canton of Neufchâtel in Switzerland, and the struggles that have been waged in the last 30 years in our different countries.
It will also raise the issue of the loss of European citizenship for Britons as a result of the UK leaving the EU (Brexit).
The European Union, together with the US, was among the fiercest opponents of the mere temporary suspension of WTO rules on private intellectual property rights (patents) and on life, in the specific case on vaccines (Covid-19 pandemic).
The European Union, together with the US, was among the fiercest opponents of the mere temporary suspension of WTO rules on private intellectual property rights (patents) and on life, in the specific case on vaccines (Covid-19 pandemic).
Private ownership of knowledge is the main pillar of the power system in our knowledge-based societies and knowledge-driven economies today. It is difficult to change contemporary capitalism unless patents on life and artificial intelligence, among others, are abolished. The aim of the workshop is to discuss the feasibility of abolition.
The workshop will be divided into introduction (lecture + video), participants' answers to a series of questions posed to them in writing and orally, discussion and conclusions. The workshop will allow participants to have their say.
The workshop will be conducted by members of the Agora of Earthlings, coordinated by Riccardo Petrella, with the participation of an EU parliamentarian.
Does the Chinese government's planned expansion of transport infrastructure, energy supply and economic corridors between Asia, Africa and Europe offer development opportunities for the partners involved? Or will it remain with the familiar patter...
The Chinese government's "Belt and Road" initiative harks back to the former global political importance of the "Middle Kingdom" and at the same time outlines a blueprint of future greatness. A "new golden age of globalisation" is to be ushered in through the expansion of transport infrastructure, energy supply and economic corridors between Asia, Africa and Europe. What is the status of the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative? Do China's New Silk Roads offer development opportunities for the partners involved? Will developing countries gain new room for manoeuvre when US hegemony is replaced by a new bipolar world order? Is Chinese expansion different from that of Western imperialism? Or will it remain with the familiar patterns of dependency?
You want to know which methods you can use to create publicity yourself and which creative forms of protest you can use to make a big fuss? Discover the diversity of political forms of action. Here you will be inspired for your career as a full-ti...
You find ordinary marches pretty boring? Is it not enough for you to just click on the next online petition? You want to know what methods you can use to create publicity yourself and what creative forms of protest you can use to make a big fuss? Discover the diversity of political forms of action and let yourself be carried away by the beauty of radical actions and kind actions with the weapon of humour. Here you will be inspired for your career as a full-time activist.
A151 The EU push to ‘complete the single market’ – strategies for reclaiming democratic space and protecting public services
Corporate lobby groups are demanding drastic new EU powers to ‘complete the single market’. This could mean yet another EU push for deregulation and privatisation, and new neoliberal obstacles for social justice initiatives and radical ecological ...
Under the slogan of "completing the single market", the European Commission is constantly trying to extend single market rules to all areas of society while at the same time tightening their enforcement. The logical end point would be a Europe in which even water supply, health care and education would be opened up to privatisation and corporate expansion. But the existing system for enforcing the EU's internal market also creates major obstacles for cities, regions and governments that want to accelerate environmental change and protect local communities. The governance of the single market is not only too weak, but also too rigid and gives too much power to corporations.
In this workshop we will discuss new threats and what we can learn from previous Europe-wide campaigns. Most importantly, we will discuss how we can move from defensive struggles to offensive strategies to reclaim democratic spaces and decisively protect public services. Speakers include civil society activists, local politicians and trade unionists.
The workshop will focus on Unarmed Civil Protection (UCP), an alternative conflict resolution strategy in France and abroad.
It is based on non-violence and helps to open or expand spaces that make it possible to preserve human security and build...
The workshop will focus on Unarmed Civil Protection (UCP), an alternative conflict resolution strategy in France and abroad that is only used when the local population wants it. It is based on non-violence and offers different methods such as observation, documentation of human rights violations, information, mediation or physical accompaniment.
The workshop will start with an introduction through dynamic exercises and videos in order to grasp the notions of (non) violence and to progressively introduce the UCP. A photo workshop will then be used to deepen the main principles in a didactic way, complemented by an exercise to experience the concepts of positive and negative peace.
The dynamic pratctical exercices could be :
- a violence barometer
- a role playing exercise
- an active debate
No demo without banners, protest signs and masks of politicians, corporate bosses or heroes of the movement. This informs the bystanders and provides powerful images for the press and social media. Here you can learn how to produce them well. - In...
They are the bread and butter of street protest:
1) Banners and banners with your core message and the logo of your organisation or group.
2) Protest signs with pictures and/or writing - for individual messages or if there was simply no time for a banner.
3) Masks: They always look good in photos and often make a street theatre or action picture complete. With the face of politicians, bosses of evil companies or the image of heroes, superheroes, cartoon characters etc. you will stand out and your message will often be even clearer.
Unfortunately, what sounds simple often ends up in results that need improvement because they are too small, hard to read or recognise, that don't stand up to the weather or don't look good. This does not have to be the case. Here you can learn how to make it work.
The World Social Forum, after its recent event in Mexico, is facing its reconfiguration as a process, as a structure and as an open space. Ideas range from resignation to the creation of an avant-garde. The European Social Forum celebrates its 20t...
The history of the World Social Forum and the European Social Forum began in 2001 with an overwhelming start in Porto Alegre, followed by the first meeting in Europe in 2002 in Florence. These were the attempts to bundle the critique of globalisation in an open space and to find answers to the crisis-like development of intensified neoliberalism. After twenty years and a clear decline in interest in the social forum movement, the future of this movement is being questioned. While the initiators of the ESF are inviting people to Florence for a new beginning in November of this year, the 15th WSF in Mexico is reduced to a regional event of Southern America and finds its International Council at odds over the question of whether the WSF will remain an open space of the globalisation-critical movement in accordance with its founding charter of Porto Alegre or whether it will transform itself as a political subject into an action alliance. The social struggles coming to a head in the face of inflation and austerity policies in the European Union urgently call for a common strategy of resistance. But what is the right way? Activists from the founding years of WSF and ESF will discuss ...
Bourgeois democracy is in crisis in many places; authoritarian-populist, nationalist and fascist forces are gaining momentum; new authoritarian forms of rule and state are emerging. In this workshop we will discuss these developments and emancipat...
In the current multiple crisis, capitalist rule seems to be hardening to the extent that the hegemony of the capitalist class is fading. Bourgeois democracy is in crisis in many places; authoritarian-populist, nationalist and fascist forces are gaining momentum; new forms of rule and state are emerging that cannot be described at all or only inadequately with the outdated concepts of authoritarian statism, exceptionalism, Bonapartism, fascism, but require their own analysis. The workshop will discuss these developments and emancipatory counter-strategies.
In this workshop you will learn how to start a citizens' referendum for more climate protection in your city!
For years, the German government has been dragging its feet on the coal phase-out, the expansion of renewable energies and the transport transition. With direct democracy, you can take climate policy in your city or municipality into your own hands. A citizens' climate petition gives you the opportunity to implement effective measures for ambitious climate protection locally - even if the local politicians are putting on the brakes. Because abstract resolutions for a climate emergency or climate neutrality are often just lip service. Instead, use a citizens' petition to push through measures in your city that directly reduce emissions. In this way, you can ensure that solar panels are installed on roofs, that municipal utilities become green electricity suppliers, that green district heating flows into heating systems, that fossil fuel power plants are shut down, that more buses and trains run at cheaper rates and that fewer cars occupy public space.
What is the Blue Community? This workshop will report on this project. An exchange of experiences will follow.
Blue Community is a global project by the world's most famous water activist, Maude Barlow.
Bern was the first European capital to commit itself to the Blue Community, followed by Paris, Thessaloniki, many cities in Germany (including Berlin), Spain and others.
In the workshop, members of the Blue Communities from Switzerland, Spain, Greece and Germany will present the project in order to inform, inspire, share and mutually stimulate each other about their diverse, often locally different activities in their communities.
The workshop takes place in the framework of the European Water Movement.
Students are striking. Institutions are failing. The fossil fuel industry is growing. That’s why between October and December 2022 the international climate justice movement youth will occupy hundreds of schools and universities to demand the end ...
In this session, we’ll present the action concept of “End Fossil – Occupy!”: what is it? What are the demands? What are the principles? Why occupy schools and universities? Who can join?.
We’ll open the conversation with participants to think together on what the potentialities of this international action and how we can create a huge momentum for the climate justice movement.
We want to invite and show everyone how they can get involved and set up their own “End Fossil: Occupy!” action in their own context.
We need to dismantle the fossil industry as a pillar of fossil capitalism, and we need to so as a mass popular movement. The youth have the power to end fossil and that the climate justice movement has the power to change the system.
Gene Drives - a form of genetic engineering - is set to become THE new tool for climate adaptation and biodiversity protection. Invasive mice could be eradicated from islands within a few generations and plants made resistant to heat. Is this its ...
Gene drive organisms are perhaps the most dangerous application of genetic engineering yet developed. With the help of the so-called CRISPR/Cas process, animals and plants that reproduce sexually are to be manipulated in such a way that they pass on a new trait to all their offspring, even if this is fatal for them. In doing so, the natural rules of evolution are overridden. This mechanism then repeats itself in each new generation: a genetic chain reaction. Gene drive organisms are intended to displace or even exterminate their conspecifics in nature. Their release can have unforeseeable consequences for ecosystems and food webs. They cannot be reversed. In the worst case, this could lead to further species extinction and the collapse of entire ecosystems, and also endanger human health and nutrition.
As states, companies, NGOs and indigenous peoples wrestle over the release of these organisms at the international level, it is high time that European civilians address the benefits and risks of this technology. In our workshop, participants will get an all-round view on the topic and possibilities for action will be worked out together.
This workshop will focus on the financing of the ecological bifurcation, analysis of previous policies and discussion of alternative proposals.
Financing the ecological bifurcation and the energy transition requires political guidance, investments and adequate and sufficient financing. Financing necessarily requires the mobilisation of public finances. It is indeed a question of releasing revenue but also of acting effectively on behaviour. Moreover, fiscal policy must also prioritise fiscal and social justice (i.e. the reduction of inequalities of all kinds) and strengthen tax compliance. The lever of public debt and monetary policy also plays an important role. At a time when successive IPCC reports are becoming increasingly alarming, fair and effective financing of the ecological bifurcation is an absolute emergency.
In "The Imperial Way of Life: Everyday Life and Ecological Crisis", Ulrich Brand and Markus Wissen set out how the practices and expectations of daily life that we have in the Global North depend on catastrophic environmental damage and the exploi...
Based on the book "The Imperial Way of Life: Everyday Life and Ecological Crisis" by Ulrich Brand and Markus Wissen, this workshop will look at the concept and what the findings mean for international solidarity. With the help of group work, we will also outline what an alternative, solidarity-based way of life could look like and what this means for our campaigns and organising.
Environmental degradation and climate change have evolved from marginal issues to mainstream topics and have become overarching themes of problem-solving meetings. What are the challenges and conflicts? This is what the workshop will address.
Environmental degradation and climate change have evolved from marginal issues to mainstream topics and have become overarching themes of problem-solving sessions. What are the challenges and conflicts?
Our global mobilisations around COP26 have strengthened our movements. 150,000 people from around the world marched in stormy and freezing weather in Glasgow. It was the largest climate demonstration the UK has ever seen. Yet despite nearly 30 UN climate meetings since the first Earth Summit in 1992, COPs continue to be dominated by corporate and elite interests and we are far from stopping climate change. In addition, Russia's attack on Ukraine is now leading to changes in many government priorities and decisions. How can we prevent more funds from going to militarisation and rearmament instead of much needed funding for climate action and a just transition? What are the challenges and conflicts we need to win to enforce the rules we want? How can we strategically use the short-term processes of the alternative COP summits as part of a longer-term programme? What needs to happen at COP27?
The socio-ecological transformation in the Rhineland needs support. How can we build on past successes to create sustainable structures that fight for a good life and involve a broad civil society? Develop ideas with local actors for an alternativ...
As is well known, coal phase-out and structural change are not self-perpetuating and must also be fought for through pressure and cohesion. But how can we keep our stamina and create new structures? Currently, this is happening in an environment and context with difficulties that do not promote the possibilities for a climate-friendly transformation of living conditions, economic conditions and social structures. There is even money for structural support - but perhaps some needs to go elsewhere? Where are there examples of success, what can we learn from in Europe?
Under the catchword "strategic autonomy" the EU wants to play a big power role in the international system. With the Ukraine war the EU falls back into the position of a junior partner under US leadership.
The erosion of transatlantic relations under the Trump administartion has
lead to ambitions to transformn the EU into a more autonomous player in the international system behind the background of the emergence of a polycentric world order. This included also efforts to militarize the EU foreign policy. Already from the begining of the Biden administration these efforts were countered by the US to take a leading role in te formation of a Western camp against China and Russia. As in the Cold War 1.0 the EU-part of Europe is reduced again to the status of a junior partner. As neighbour of Russia the EU is also much mor affected by the consequences of the war - from migration and the economy to its capacity to cope wit climate change and other global problems.
The event is a workshop to bring together activists and academics to discuss political economy, ecological and geopolitical dimensions of global crises, and the role of the EU therein.
In this workshop, we will discuss the connections and linkages between peace, socio-ecological transformation and degrowth. The aim is to bring together activists and movements in climate justice, peace/demilitarisation, and progressive economists. The will be an introductory talk to provide a common platform for the discussion.
The platforms of social movements usually describe what kind of world they are working for. Often feminism, anti-racism and other emancipatory struggles are listed alongside anti-capitalism.
A world free from oppression is our common goal. However, activists, however well-intentioned, are people who were born and raised in an environment where oppression is the norm. Social movements therefore tend to reproduce the same kind of oppression they are fighting against. This does not have to be fatal. Everyone can be trained to recognise oppression where and when it occurs in activist spaces, and every organisation can use tools to prevent oppression and ensure that inappropriate behaviour is not tolerated when it does occur. This workshop aims to share some basic principles and tools against oppression.
Thirty years after the end of apartheid, there are again first and second class war victims. The Lex Ukrainensis has reintroduced with full force the apartheid system in the European Union and North America.
European people with blue eyes and blond hair are first-class war victims - "they look like us" - are light-skinned or white, Christian like us and therefore more "civilised". Second-class war victims are Black Africans, Black Europeans and Black Americans, people with brown to tan skin and straight black hair.
The Lex Ukrainensis has reinstated with full force the apartheid system in the European Union and North America. This has made state racism and a new phenomenon of "Russophobia" acceptable, reinforced everyday racism and created a neo-racial theory. The opinion prevails that Russians, even if they look European, are not Europeans in the cultural sense.
But where to put Septimius Severus, Saint Mauritius, Queen Philippa of Hainaut, Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint Georges, General Alexandre Dumas, Pushkin, Alexandre Dumas Jr, Duchess Sophie Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Prignitz (Queen of Great Britain and Ireland) and many others? Do we have to erase them from the history of Europe?
What makes the Great Reset so attractive to right-wingers as an enemy image? What is the tradition of this right-wing agitation? How do left and right critiques of the World Economic Forum and the Great Reset differ? This is what this workshop wil...
World Social Forum, winter walk or the appearance of Greta Thunberg in Davos: For many years, criticism of the global economic model came mainly from the left. At the latest since Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum, wrote his book "The Great Reset", this has changed. From various conspiracy channels on the internet to demonstrations by pandemic deniers and the AfD to Putin's keyword giver Alexander Dugin: everywhere you turn you suddenly hear about the Great Reset, which must be prevented at all costs. Stephan Lindner's workshop will focus on what makes the Great Reset so attractive to right-wingers as an enemy image, in what tradition this right-wing agitation stands and how left-wing and right-wing criticism of the World Economic Forum and the Great Reset differ. The workshop will also look at the challenges that progressive actors face when their issues are supposedly also taken up by the right.