Program 2017

  • 11:00

    Opening debate: does the climate summit of Poland tackle the challenges?

    Two weeks after ECOPOLIS, the COP24 climate summit will take place in Poland, the country that still largely runs on coal(mines). What can we expect from this COP? What does ‘Just Transition’ mean for workers in polluting industries? Can we offer them green jobs?

    With, among others, climate expert and IPCC member Jean-Pascal Van Yperseleand Catalina Caro (CENSAT, Friends of the Earth Colombia). Moderated by Tine Hens.

  • 12:00

    Relay talks: citizens in action, from May ’68 till today

    With which actions can citizens contribute to speeding up the transition? By lobbying as much as possible with the European institutions, and/or organizing protest actions and blocking lignite plants? How does today’s action differ from a few decades ago?

    With, among others, Alberto Alemanno, Professor at Paris University and author of The Good LobbyYasmien Naciri, a young entrepreneur and author of Wij nemen het heft in handen, and Samuel Cogolati, researcher at KULeuven and activist in the domain of the commons.

  • 13:30

    The connection between identity debate, inequality and the ecological issue

    From the perspective of social ecology, the ecological crisis, which is the result of the idea that man has to dominate nature, is connected with the domination of one person over the other.

    A debate with among others Rachida Lamrabet, author of Zwijg allochtoon, Leo Lucassen, migration expert and professor at Leiden University, and Aziza El Miamouni from Wijkacademie Molenbeek.

  • 15:00

    Just Transition. The proof is in the eating.

    ‘To change everything it takes everyone’, a just transition is about both decent jobs, climate policy as well as a just society.  An interesting dialogue between trade union, industry and research community.  With the economist Kate Raworth, author of  The Doughnut Economy, Sharan Burrow, Secretary-General of the International Trade Union Confederation, and Thomas Leysen, Chairman of Umicore & KBC.

  • 16:00

    Grand Tour 2020

    Pieter Van Bogaert presents his book Grand Tour 2020 – the report of a trip through ten European cities where he talked to ten artists about their ecological commitment (as an artist and as a citizen). The book is the final document of ten years of ‘Imagine 2020’, a European collaboration on art and ecology founded by Kaaitheater in 2008.

  • 16:30

    The uncomfortable consumer: on a diet in the candy store

    It’s a challenge, trying to live an environmentally conscious life, while society constantly tempts you to cheap city trips or cheap clothing. While each of us is muddling along, the temptation is systemic. Transition will only succeed if we tackle it structurally and if politicians dare to stick their necks out (government role, ‘moralizing technology’).

    Theatrical performers Anoek Nuyens and Rebekka de Wit present us their Monologue For A Consumer. Followed by a panel with, among others, Laurien Spruyt, policy officer Bond Beter Leefmilieu, and Jeroen Theunissen, author of Jouw Huid (‘Your Skin’).

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  • 12:00

    Citizens in action

    Citizens build a sustainable system themselves. Some Brussels self-organizations tell you how they do this. Dar-el-Ward, produces organic couscous in various villages in Morocco and Inaya is an association that works with bees in Saint-Gilles.

  • 14:00

    Just Transition in action

    Bert De Wel from the Just Transition Center talks about specific initiatives in Alberta (Canada).

  • 15:00

    Solidarity in superdiversity

    Flanders has now become super diverse. In our cities there is hardly any cultural majority. As a teacher, pupil, employer, employee, neighbor, community worker, trade union militant or volunteer, we are all confronted with cultural differences. In the book Solidariteit in Superdiversiteit (‘Solidarity in Superdiversity’) you can read how solidarity takes shape in superdiversity. The challenge of solidarity goes beyond social cohesion. It is also about citizenship, about taking responsibility for the places we share and the educational processes in which citizens learn solidarity.

  • 16:00

    Samantha Slade: non-hierarchical organization

    For more than 20 years, Samantha Slade has been doing applied ethnographic research on an organizational structure where everyone is equal, away from a top-down structure. Samantha tells you how a non-hierarchical organization works in practice. She does this on the basis of observations from her own organization, where horizontal organization is key.