Some upcoming degrowth events – from Research & Degrowth

1- Attac postgrowth (and degrowth) conference Germany TU Berlin 20st to 22nd of May 2011
2- Degrowth conference vancouver, Canada, June 3 – 4th 2011
3- Istanbul degrowth course 14th june 2011
4- Istanbul ESEE conference 14-16th of june 2011
5- World degrowth picnic 5 June 2011

1- Attac postgrowth (and degrowth) conference Germany
Congress “Jenseits des Wachstums?!” TU Berlin 20st to 22nd of May

The nuclear catastrophe in Japan and the oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico one year ago have demonstrated that the extraction of energy is demanding more and more sacrifices, and it is time for a fundamental change of approach – not least because of climate change, which is progressing unhindered despite the UN conferences. At the same time, the gap between people living in poverty and those who are wealthy is also accelerating, within individual countries as well as globally. It is becoming increasingly clear that the current economic model, which is based on permanent growth, is not able to reverse these trends, but rather is part of the problem. The limits of growth have been reached.

But what is growth actually, what are its driving forces and consequences? And most of all: What alternatives going beyond growth could there be for the economy and the society? Post-growth, zero growth, degrowth? And how can the transitions be organized in solidarity?

Given this background, Attac, the globalization-critical network, together with the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, the Otto-Brenner-Foundation, and the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation, is hosting a platform in order to discuss pathways out of the growth-trap: a congress titled “Beyond Growth?!”

For three days the Technical University of Berlin will be a place in which, together with more than 100 experts from all parts of the world, perspectives of a post-growth economic system can be discussed and contested – in 23 podiums, in 13 introductory courses and more than 40 workshops, accompanied by around 20 artistic interventions and a program with music and cabaret.

Attending, among others, will be:  Vandana Shiva, Tim Jackson, Alberto Acosta, Nicola Bullard, Niko Paech, Sven Giegold, Barbara Unmüßig, Angelika Zahrnt, Nnimmo Bassey, Harald Welzer as well as the cabaret artist Arnulf Rating.

Additional information about the congress and registration can be found on our

2- Degrowth conference Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver de-growth 2011 conference
Simon Fraser Harbor Center – June 3 – 4th.

If continuous growth on a finite planet is impossible then what are the options ?

The problems associated with growth based economies have been increasingly recognized (declining quality of life, environmental degradation) and concepts of degrowth are finding increasing acceptance as a means to deal with these issues. Yet action lags behind acceptance and acknowledgement. The purpose of Degrowth 2011 is to bring together leading experts and local contributors in dialogue with audience members to translate degrowth concepts into action.


3-Istanbul degrowth course

Program for the 3rd day of the pre-conference workshop
for young scholars ESEE 2011

June 14th 2011

A course on degrowth

9.00  – 11.15  Why degrowth? An introduction to the degrowth discourse along its different sources
Antiutilitarianism and voluntary simplicity (Claudio Cattaneo, Giacomo Dalisa, Federico Demaria, ICTA, UAB; Research & Degrowth)
Bioeconomics and ecology (Joan Martinez-Alier, Christian Kerschner, ICTA, UAB, Research & Degrowth)
Democracy and equity (Giorgos Kallis, ICTA, UAB; Research & Degrowth)

11.15 – 11.30 Break

11.30 – 13.30 Exploring key dimensions: what needs to degrow
Infrastructure reduction (Francois Schneider/Filka Sekulova, ICTA, UAB; Research & Degrowth)
Work redefinition and sharing (Joachim Spangenberg, SERI)
Reducing natural resources exploitation (Mariana Walter, Marta Conde, ICTA, UAB; Research & Degrowth)

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch break

14:30 – 16.30 Group Assembly Dynamics

Participants will work together in small groups on building proposals on degrowth on the key dimensions above (infrastructure, work, natural resources, financial institutions and money) and present their findings to the rest of the group for discussion.

Presentation of the process/objectives of the small groups work
Work on proposals building in small groups
Getting together and discussing the proposals
Work on proposals improvement in small groups, using the feedback of the entire group
Final discussion round Introduction to degrowth (panel speeches)

4- Istanbul ESEE conference

Program outline of the degrowth keynote speeches and degrowth sessions of the istanbul ecological economics conference

(14th of june)

Degrowth is a multi-level voluntary path towards a reduction of production and consumption aiming at ecological sustainability, well-being and social justice. It is a challenge to economic growth and stems from a wide variety of areas, such as anthropology, psychology, industrial ecology, ecological economics and ecology. The session provides a general introduction to degrowth, its multiple sources, strategies, dimensions, movements and research potentials. The session features key-note speeches, followed by a debate.

Chair: François Schneider, Research & Degrowth; ICTA, UAB

Joan Martinez-Alier, ICTA, UAB. Degrowth history and sources.
Gjalt Huppes, CML, Leiden Universtity. Degrowth for happiness: from utopias to reality for nine billion people.
François Schneider, Research & Degrowth. Combination of degrowth proposals and strategies.
Giorgos Kallis, ICTA, UAB. Degrowth: a tentative research agenda.

Degrowth fundamentals I: Capability, subjective well-being and degrowth
(15-16th of june) date to be confirmed

This first part of the session on degrowth fundamentals focuses on social aspects. The session brings forwards arguments which question the capacity of economic growth to provide and sustain important life necessities, well-being and capabilities. The major questions addressed are: can degrowth of man-made capital complemented by the development of natural and social capital ensure and sustain well-being and capabilities; how do we work with subjective indicators, and move on beyond mono-indicators?
Chair: Barbara Muraca, Universität Greifswald, Institut für Botanik und Landschaftsökologie

Maja Goepel, World Future Council, Rescuing Utility from the Consumption Fetish: Findings from Subjective Wellbeing Research for Degrowth Strategies
Simone D’Alessandro, University of Pisa. Long run Welfare under Externalities in Consumption, Leisure, and Production: A Case for Happy De-Growth vs. Unhappy Growth
Filka Sekulova, Research & Degrowth; ICTA, UAB. Exploring the implications of sustainable degrowth for happiness
Léa Sébastien, University of Toulouse II. Composite Indicators for Sustainability (CIS) at the level of EU institutions.

Degrowth fundamentals II: Carrying capacity/limits and degrowth
(15-16th of june) date to be confirmed

This session focuses on physical degrowth and the challenges to technology. There is a strong belief that ecological sustainability and social and economic equity can be ensured by economic growth. This session will address the question whether degrowth of man-made capital complemented by the development of natural and social capital can bring macroeconomics within the ecological limits of the planet.

Chair: Christian Kerschner, UAB, ICTA.

Christian Kerschner, UAB, ICTA. Attitudes towards technology from a degrowth perspective.
François Schneider, Research & Degrowth. What should actually degrow?
Brynhildur Davidsdottir, University of Iceland. Equity within Planetary Limits.
Petra Wächter, Institute of Technology Assessment, Austrian Academy of Sciences. Energy, spatial planning and degrowth: How are they linked?

Deepening key questions on degrowth: businesses and the state
(15-16th of june) date to be confirmed

This session focuses on two complementary key questions: the role and type of service sectors and business in a degrowth economy; and ecological debt, social security and the welfare state. The session will also include a discussion on the viability of capitalist institutions in a degrowth scenario.

Chair: Gjalt Huppes, CML, Leiden Universtity.

André Reichel, Universität Stuttgart. Business beyond growth: Degrowth and the right size of companies.
Noémie Candiago, Université de La Rochelle. Degrowth and Ecological debt in International law
James Johnston, CASSE. Interrogating debt as a driver of growth: the correlation between ecological and economic indebtedness
Kent Klitgaard, Wells College. Degrowth and the Social Structure of Accumulation
Richard Anthony Smith. Beyond Growth or Beyond Capitalism?

Democracy and degrowth social movements
(15-16th of june) date to be confirmed

This session will move the discussion from ‘what’ type of changes and policies for degrowth, to ‘how’ civil society and governments can act towards these. Presentations will focus on the following two main aspects: how do we take decisions regarding where degrowth should take place; and what is the role of social and intellectual movements in degrowth and their social transformation potential.

Chair: Joan Martinez-Alier, ICTA, UAB.

Federico Demaria, UAB, ICTA. The Degrowth intellectual and social movement: complementarity in diversity
Viviana Asara, UAB, ICTA. Democracy and Degrowth
Mildred Gustack Delambre, Universite de Toulouse. Solidarity-based economics activities promoting permaculture Movement in Degrowth Process – Cases in Brazil and France
Richard Thomas, Cylch Wales Community Recycling Network. The Proximity Solution: Community enterprise and social resilience through slower consumption and product re-use

Degrowth proposals

This session is about concrete action and understanding the implications of sustainable degrowth in practice. Ten years of degrowth movement and several conferences ( have led now to some important tracks. Themes range from currencies and financial institutions, social security and work-sharing, restrictions to advertising, to moratoria on infrastructure and establishment of resource sanctuaries. A map of these proposals will illustrate complementarity and feedback effects between the degrowth propositions, while pointing to new and interesting areas of research. The presentation will be followed by a discussion to deepen selected elements of the degrowth proposals.

Filka Sekulova, Research & Degrowth; ICTA, UAB
François Schneider, Research & Degrowth; ICTA, UAB.
Nuno Videira, CENSE, New University of Lisbon (UNL)

5- World degrowth picnic 5/06/2011

English – Francais – Italiano – Castillano – Deutsch – Portuguès – Nederlands – Català – Svenska
add more languages!!

Dear all,
On the 5th of June 2011 the 2nd edition of the Picnic for Degrowth will take place. In 2010, 70 cities participated. This year, let’s try to be more! The idea is to picnic for degrowth in support for the people of Fukushima and in favor of clean energy supply! Spread the word and include your picnic at

On repart ce 5 juin avec la seconde édition du picnic pour la décroissance. En 2010, 70 villes ont participé. Essayons d’être encore plus cette année en soutien aux gens de Fukushima et pour des énergies propres!  Passez l’info, invitez vos amis et ajoutez votre picnic sur

Ripartiamo il 5 di giugno con il picnic per la decrescita! In 2010, 70 citta hanno participato. Possiamo essere di piu quest’anno in solidarieta con il popolo di Fukushima e per chiedere ai nostri governi fonti di energia pulite.  Invitate i vostri amici, passate parola e aggiungete il vostro picnic su

5 junio: segunda edición del picnic para el decrecimiento. Lo
2010, 70 ciudades han participado. Intentamos ser todavía más este año en apoyo de Fukushima y pidiendo energías limpias. Pase la información y añada su pic-nic sobre

5 Juni: zweite Picknick für Degrowth (Wachstumsrücknahme, Postwachstum, Entwachstum). Im 2010, 70 Städte haben teilgenommen. Wir versuchen dieses Jahr noch mehr zu sein in Unterstützung von Fukushima und verlangend saubere Energien!
Passieren Sie die Information weiter, laden ihre Freunde ein und fügen ihren Picknick auf

05 junho: segundo piquenique anual para o decrecemento. Em 2010, 70 cidades participaram. Nós tentamos ser ainda mais este ano, em apoio de Fukushima, pedindo energias limpas !
Passe informações, convide seus amigos e adicione o seu piquenique na

Beste allemaal,
op 5 juni 2011 zal de 2e editie van de picknick voor degrowth plaatsvinden. In 2010, 70 steden deelnemen. Dit jaar, laten we proberen om meer te zijn! Het idee is een picknick voor degrowth voor de ondersteuning van de mensen van Fukushima en voor schone energie! Nodig je vrienden uit en maak uw picknick op

5 juny: segona edició del picnic per al decreixement. En 2010, 70 ciutats han participat. Intentem ser encara més aquest any en suport de Fukushima i demanant energies netes! Passi la informació, convidi els seus amics i afegeixi el seu pic-nic sobre

Kära vänner!
Den 5 juni blir det en Picknick för nerväxt för andra gången. 2010 deltog 70 städer. I år kan vi bli fler. Tanken är att göra en picknick för nerväxt i sympati med människorna i Fukushima och till stöd för ren energi. Sprid detta meddelande och lägg till din egen picknick.

Some degrowth web sites: France Belgium Quebec Catalunya Italy Switzerland Journal – France  Deutsch Deutsch Deutsch Pays Basque  May 14-20 conference, Montreal English French & Spanish blogs (to come) etc.

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