Doughnut Economics is the economical book of the year. The British author Kate Raworth shows the blind spots in the classical way of thinking about economics. She starts from the finding that de dominant economic models are belonging to the past. They made it possible that extreme poverty continue to exist while our living world degrades until a scale that threatens the future of everyone.
Raworth develop a roadmap via her doughnut model. In this model is the outside ring of the doughnut the ceiling of the planet, the boundaries we can’t cross if the earth needs to stay a liveable place. The inner ring represents the social fundaments where we can’t go under, if we do, will the fundamental rights of some people be compromised. The future lays in between these two rings, the save and fair zone to further develop ourselves and our mankind.
With an introduction by Bogdan Vanden Berghe, managing director of 11.11.11
Digital cooperation: platform cooperativism
What if we use the known forms of cooperating – cooperatives– to create digital platforms as an alternative for the Airbnb’s of this world? The answer is platform cooperativism. Josef Davies-Coates, organizer of the first huge European conference about this topic will talk about it with Aleksandra Przegalinska, a renowned University researcher at the Massachusetts University of Technology (MIT) in Boston. Her current primary research interest include consequences of introducing artificial intelligence systems to people’s social and professional sphere. At last but not least is also Joachim Jacob, CEO of Partago (an electric car-sharing cooperation), taking part in this debate.
Little me against Big Data
We throw our live on digital media just to show how nice or unique we are. This makes it possible for big companies to collect a lot of big data and sell it. On the other side are citizens also organizing them for more transpiration in our democracy. According to the European Cyborg Rights Activist and designer/developer Aral Balkan doesn’t connect Facebook people to each other, but is it Facebook who connects people to Facebook. What we need are new infrastructures to enable people to regain individual sovereignty. The infrastructures we build must be funded from the commons, belong to the commons, and be free and open. They must be zero-knowledge and interoperable so they can be hosted by a multitude of organisations without surveillance or lock-in. Alicja Gescinska will also give an answer how this can contribute to strengthen our freedom. A critical view is also present in this debate by journalist Wouter van Noort. In his book, Is daar iemand? Hoe de smartphone ons leven beheerst [‘How the smartphone controls our lives’]. And also, how does a novelist as Hans Bogaert looks at the temptations of the digital area?
Tools for democracy
The digital world creates new possibilities to telling stories and take action. So is digital activism a daily reality for Gustavo Illescas (Independent Media Centre) who in Guatemala as a digital activist is fighting for democracy. And also for the Israeli Sarit Michaeli (B’Tselem), who is documenting protests on the West Bank. In Belgium is it mainly the activism of Jeroen Olyslaegers on Facebook that attract a lot of attention. Does he believes in the connecting force of conversations on this digital platform? Writer Gea Schoeters knows now how heavy it can be in ‘Facebookland’.
Public debate and media in digital times
Social media have changed the public debate on a very high speed, for young people is Facebook thé most important newspaper. When democracy stands or falls according to a powerful public debate and a strong 4the power, it also means that digital public spaces are crucial for the future. How are Hanan Challouki (cofounder of the online media platform Mvslim.com) and Karel Verhoeven (Chief-editor of De Standaard) looking at this? Is internet also offering space for new forms of journalism? We ask it to Ana Naomi de Sousa, filmmaker and journalist who is cooperating with Forensic Architecture (Goldsmiths University of London) and this summer will be a guest on Documenta14 and Muhammad Rabbani (director) (CAGE, an independent advocacy organisation working to empower communities impacted by the War on Terror).