Summit Program

Event program: Resilient Livelihoods in the aftermatch of Covid19.

A 2hr process of online activities that accelerates offline activities.

This event follows a format designed to gather together people who deploy policies, infrastructures, tools, business activity and community projects that can form an essential support system for build and sustaining livelihoods in times of crisis.


The EdgeRyders events process begins when an idea or solution is posted on the platform, sparking discussion among community members. Some join in, actively listening, asking questions or giving thoughtful responses. (This is a safe place and not for debating opinions or speaking for others.)

The discussion begins with first hand accounts of attempts taken to solve societal issues and moves to navigating the personal challenges experienced by members. Nuances and the various different contexts surrounding these challenges begins to show.

Information analysis

Next open source technology is used to make connections between topics being discussed, the people discussing them, places, projects, solutions and struggles. When we put this together, patterns start to emerge that help join these ideas and people to each other and to other information, skill and resources.

By the end of the process, our community members have gained a richer knowledge and understanding of the issue they wish to tackle and have a blueprint to put their idea into action.

Shape the agenda with us!

The event program is built with, by and for participants. 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.


***: 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?

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.

**Date tbc:**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.

Date tbc: ****: 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.

July 21st, 2020: How can we support the recovery of the co-working sector? The purpose of the event is to explore how we can support the recovery of the coworking sector, which has been turned on its head with restrictions put in place to protect public health. With the future of work shaping up for a big move to remote work, it looks like our coworking spaces will be a big part of more people’s lives. Some early indications from some of our speakers already show this. Erin Westover is the European market lead at proptech company Upflex, which has seen an uptick in inquiries since Covid-19 hit as organisations have decided to make a move toward distributed work. Upflex works with established companies that have staff working remotely and allows employees to see which co-working spaces near their homes are free. Join our summit on July 21, by signing up here . For more information on our speakers read this thread.

October 14th, 2020: 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.

October 14th, 2020: 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.*

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?

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. *


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?