Launch event » 28 November 2016 in Brussels, Belgium

Debate to launch new edition of the Green European Journal

Join us on November 28th for the launch of the next Green European Journal edition which takes a multi-faceted look at the commons. A panel will discuss the diverse understandings of the commons and examine their transformative potential. The debate will feature relevant speakers, such as MEP Molly Scott Cato, lawyer and social geographer Daniela Festa, founder of the Peer-to-Peer Foundation Michel Bauwens, and Professor of Sociology Christian Laval.

An investigation into the commons reveals the wide-ranging spectrum of definitions and applications of this concept that exist across Europe. From urban public spaces to natural ecosystems and the virtual world – the concept of the commons seems to be giving rise to new forms of organisation, collaboration, and management of resources. Yet from the numerous local initiatives, social movements and governance models associated with this term – is it possible to identify the outline of a commons-based approach that could form the basis of a broad cross-societal response to the failures of the current system?

Join us for a discussion with MEP and economist Molly Scott Cato,  founder of the Peer-to-Peer Foundation Michel Bauwens, lawyer and social geographer Daniela Festa, and expert on the far-reaching social impacts of neoliberalism Christian Laval. The debate will be moderated by Oikos coordinator and author Dirk Holemans. The event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of Oikos think tank and Etopia.

Date: Monday November 28th

Time: 19.00-21.00

Venue: Kaaitheatre, Square Sainctelette 20, 1000 Bruxelles.

A networking buffet is foreseen from 18h00

Please register for the event, by clicking here, join the facebook group here.

Information about the speakers:

- Molly Scott Cato is the first Green MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar, elected in May 2014. She is a leading member of Green House think tank, and formerly professor of strategy and sustainability at the University of Roehampton. She has written several books including Green Economics (2009), Environment and Economy (2011) and The Bioregional Economy (2012) as well as numerous academic papers.

- Michel Bauwens is a peer-to-peer theorist, writer, and the founder of the P2P (Peer-to-Peer) Foundation, a global network of researchers, activists, and citizens monitoring and promoting actions geared towards a transition to a Commons-based society.

- Daniela Festa is a lawyer, social geographer, and activist. She has a PhD degree in urban and social geography and Post-Doctoral Fellowship in social sciences (EHESS), Paris. She recently joined an European Research Council project at Sciences Po (Paris) on “inclusive properties”. Her main research themes are urban movements and projects, active citizenship and participatory democracy.

- Christian Laval is currently Professor of Sociology at the Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. His books include The New Way of the World: On Neoliberal Society (with Pierre Dardot); Jeremy Bentham, les artifices du capitalism; L’École n’est pas une entreprise: Le néo-libéralisme à l’assaut de l’enseignement public; and L’Homme économique: Essai sur les racines du néolibéralisme.

Moderator: Dirk Holemans, coordinator of the Belgian Green think-tank Oikos and a member of the board of the Green European Foundation. His most recent book is ‘Vrijheid & Zekerheid’.

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