Summit Program

This is the co-created event program for our summit on Resilient Livelihoods in the aftermatch of Covid19. The program is built with, by and for participants. The way it works is, participants suggest a topic for a session or webinar when they fill in the event registration form. Good for everyone: The more the event reflects the interests of participants, the better the program becomes. Good for you: When you propose a session to the program, we then go out and invite people who are also interested and knowledgeable about the topic. Which means you get to meet more of the right people who can support your work.

  1. Pre-summit event: After covid19: while food businesses are failing, can community oriented food projects be the way forward?: In this session we learn about different Belgian niche food initiatives and the personal struggles & possibilities they are going through right now. Yes there is a search for “localism” within the food industry and some niche food entrepreneurs are being able to stay afloat. But is this something that is impactful on improving resilience on a societal level - will it be able to feed the whole table? Is their model based on time, higher quality & more involvement scale-able to the whole society? And how to improve the situation while still staying healthy as food businesses? The context in which we putting this topic (eg. SMEs world. How they are impacted by the virus in the world? What technological solution they tried? What’s the trend? Are there interesting success stories?* Reminder: do include Participant Information Sheet template in registration process.

  2. Pre-summit event: Session on endangered researchers and precarity in higher education. We bring together knowledge workers and policy makers in higher education, also allying with unions and rights defenders, with their histories of mobility, migration and refuge. We would like to discuss and reflect on the intersection between precarious labour conditions and the neoliberal surge on higher education in the last two decades. We would like to exchange experiences and knowledges over struggles for academic freedoms and labour conditions in different contexts. We would like to take the opportunity to learn, exchange and collaborate with/through the framework of critical learning, decent labor and networks of sharing and caring. Reminder: do include Participant Information Sheet template in registration process.

  3. Pre-Summit Webinar: Relational goods, stocks over flows, systems over networks: a webinar on the strange economy of the Messina district: Messina is a small city in Sicily, overlooking the eponymous strait that serves as the island’s gateway to mainland Italy and Europe. Sicily’s economy and society have long been crippled by high unemployment, inefficient public services, corruption and organized crime. Yet, over the past ten years or so, a small cohort of about 120 enterprises in Messina, working closely together, have managed to build a solid, long-termist, fair, human-centric economy – and achieve stability and prosperity in the process. They call themselves “the Messina advanced cluster”. To get where they are now, they had to re-invent a lot of economic concepts. The familiar ones (“maximizing shareholder value”, “correct market failures” etc.) were simply not working out for Sicily, and for their goals. So, as they re-built their local economy, they developed their own economic thinking, with concepts such as “relational goods”, “stocks as autonomy”, and “systems, not networks”. Even their innovation is weird: solar panels made out of the pulp of waste oranges? A People’s Energy Company? In this webinar, you will learn how they built this incredible success under very difficult conditions, and how their way of thinking might help you along your own journey. Reminder: do include Participant Information Sheet template in registration process.

  4. Summit event: Reorganising the provision of goods & services to secure material basis of livelihoods. Focus Healthcare: We have seen similar stories play out in different countries around access to masks, ventilator spare parts, access to testing etc. Across global south and global north - crises hit differently - but they do hit. So how do we avoid these situations in the future? How do we make sure that we have the fundamental requirements to stay alive when crisis hits? In this series of listening sessions and follow up discussions we explore credible paths moving forward based on real life cases, not pie in the sky scenarios. And we will map out what actions we can do today, to prevent crises tomorrow. Possible partners: several in the works, more suggestions welcome. Reminder: do include Participant Information Sheet template in registration process.

  5. Summit event: Paid duct taping vs unpaid creation - *working value system not found* What is to be done about bad incentives and toxic business models in tech? Reminder: do include Participant Information Sheet template in registration process.

  6. Summit Event: The Ecosystem builders/ Paradises Built in Hell - Economics, Science Fiction and Entrepreneurship beyond capitalism (with focus on alternative regional economic development): Curated by @alberto at the Science Fiction Economics Lab. What are the implications of a post-capitalist society on entrepreneurship around the globe, and how does it challenge many of our underlying assumptions about how entrepreneurs form startups and the objectives and roles of investors in a post-capitalist society? Would like to invite: That Australian guy who was all over the news. Gaetano from Messina ,Alexa Clay (the misfit economy), Boyd Cohen (PostCapitalist Entrepreneurship: Startups for the 99%), Finance people, Las Indias, Nathan Schneider, Matthias and many more examples e.g companies providing low cost glaecoma treatment in india T.b.c. Other publications. Keywords: “Post-growth organizations”. “Eco-social enterprises” and “postcapitalist entrepreneurship”, “circular economy”, “sustainability”, “climate change” , “green transition”, . Possible partners: Roope & Outi, Post Growth Institute, new economics foundation + more suggestions welcome? Reminder: do include Participant Information Sheet template in registration process.

  7. Summit Event: How to grow our personal professional networks during a time social distancing: A lot remains unknown about how travel and ways to gather will develop over the next year or more. It makes sense to explore alternatives beyond in-person events, and collectively invent the future of our networks in virtual spaces. Reminder: do include Participant Information Sheet template in registration process.

  8. Summit event: How to support regions in times of crisis: *We bring together speakers from the Commission, DG REGIO, Committee of the Regions and they can present Commission’s initiatives, financial instruments for faster crisis response, EU funding possibilities. @andreja is working on this.*Reminder: do include Participant Information Sheet template in registration process.

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I think the australian guy is actualy american: Should be him.

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Topic 3 looks great! @alberto I can reach out to Donnie from Post-Growth Institute if that helps. Also, do you think Gwendolyn Hallsmith (wrote “Creating Wealth” with Bernard Lietaer on regional currencies) would be interesting to bring in? I could also reach out to SEEDS founder if you find that interesting (read more e.g. here)

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@hires, @estragon, @nadia sure, let’s start to dream up a program.

I understood today that these summits are larger umbrellas within which to nest SF-ECON’s webinars. And that the one about Messina actually goes into event 1, not 3.

Giovanni, how soon can we move on with the Messina interview? How are we going to do it, technically? In what language?


No Alberto - these are all different sessions in the resilient livelihoods summit/ Each one curated by different people. What I put above is a suggestion for the session that Scifi Econ Lab would be holding (Gaetano’s pre-recorded talk + Live Discussion between specially invited participants but open to general public). We can build programming for a summit based on what comes out of that conversation - right now putting together a whole summit on the topic feels a bit premature, no?


Ah, re-reading you are right, of course.

hi @Aaron :slight_smile:

Have a look at #3 above…

What could really make sense is to look up organisations or networks that are already running ways of securing livelihoods that fall into one or more of the categories: “Post-growth” “Eco-social” and or “postcapitalist”. Ideally, they have been operating for some time now and have had demonstrable impact on regenerating or building social-ecologically healthy local/regional economies. My own intuition is that it could be interesting to look beyond Europe for examples. No need to exclude anything if you think it interesting, but good not to be myopic. It would be nice to learn about what they are doing and invite them to such a conversation with peers from around the globe. What do you think?

Would you be interested in engaging Solnit in this conversation?

Definitely! I will get researching and let you know what I find!

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@andreja what date did we say for #3?

@estragon will have a date for #4

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For regions? EU regions week is from 12-15 October, we didn’t say the exact date.

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can you set something based on what you think is appropriate?

14th of October

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is this part of it? Or the next one after the summit in September?

in the call today I understood that this is a differnt summit with the focuse on healthcare?