Community Conversations: Solidarity Economies and the End of Capitalism (as you knew it)Community Conversations: Solidarity Economies and the End of Capitalism (as you knew it)http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/117561Stokes CPGC Cafe2009-11-02T12:30:002009-11-02T13:30:00
November 2, 12:30PM–1:30PM
Stokes CPGC Cafe
Community Conversations is a joint endeavor of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Activities Office, and the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship which fosters open dialogue among members of the Haverford College community. Lively, hour-long discussions on contemporary issues will be guided by knowledgeable facilitators, including faculty, staff, students and other special guests. "Solidarity Economies and the End of Capitalism (as you knew it)" will be facilitated by Assistant Professor of Political Science, Craig Borowiak.
If you listen to what you're told, you might think that you live in a capitalist society with a capitalist economy. Think again. Capitalist markets aren't the only way to generate and sustain economic livelihood. Community gardens, consumer cooperatives, eco-villages, cooperative daycare, local money, fair trade. The past decade has witnessed a groundswell of experimentation with alternative economic practices. In the past such initiatives have tended to be isolated and short-lived. Now however many of these local initiatives are becoming networked within a global movement for a Social and Solidarity Economy reaching from Brazil to Canada to France to Burkina Faso and Indonesia. It's in Philadelphia too, and we've been mapping it! In a time of global economic crisis, this movement seeks not simply to compel greater charity from the rich or to channel profit-making towards social ends. Rather, it seeks to forge alternative economies around principles of social solidarity, democratic participation, cooperation, and community-based development. It seeks to change the nature of economic relationships so as to re-embed economies in society rather than shaping societies around capitalist markets. Is it utopian thinking? Is it a fad? Just what kind of alternative to capitalism does it present and how significant is it, really?
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