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Capitalism is in crisis, the politics of austerity and debt are crippling much of Europe and the world. Meanwhile we face some of the biggest environmental challenges any generation has ever faced. 

But within the social, environmental and economic crisis, alternatives are being born. From squatters movements in Spain to worker's co-operatives in Greece and the the growing international P2P movement.

Join the Nowhere Collective and ENKEL in a discussion and workshop to explore these alternatives so that we may begin to imagine new ways of working, playing and living together.

The event will include presentations from Dr Miguel A. Martínez and Dr Sky Croeser, as well as a video link up with Michel Bauwens. The presentations will be followed by an open space session in which we can all begin to workshop alternatives.

All welcome, entry by donation.

About the speakers:

Dr Miguel A. Martínez

Miguel A. Martínez is sociologist and political scientist, affiliated to the City University of Hong Kong since 2013. Until then he was actively engaged in various social movements in Spain and, above all, in the squatting one. He is a member of SqEK (Squatting Europe Kollective) and has published numerous articles and books about squatting and urban movements (available here: www.miguelangelmartinez.net www.sqek.squat.net)

"The changing faces of squatting in Spain and Europe: cycles, diversity and autonomy" 

How has the squatters' movement become a transnational urban movement all over Europe since the 1970s? Which were the major recent changes experienced by squatters? How is squatting articulated with other social movements? To what extent does squatting provide alternatives to capitalism? How do different types of squats interact with the property owners and the society at large?

Dr Sky Croeser 

Sky Croeser is a researcher and activist from Perth WA. Her research focuses on how activists around the world are trying to build alternatives to the current system, and she is interested in sharing tactics and strategies to help different communities learn from each other.

As the Greek crisis continues, many people are attempting to build solidarity networks and alternatives to the capitalist economy. These take many different forms, from those which are short-term practical responses which attempt to provide temporary relief, to broader efforts which are based in a commitment to deep political and economic change. This talk is a personal and partial reflection on some of these efforts, and on how we might learn from them.

Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens is the founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He has co-produced the 3-hour TV documentary Technocalyps with Frank Theys, and co-edited the two-volume book on anthropology of digital society with Salvino Salvaggio. Michel is currently Primavera Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam and external expert at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (2008, 2012). In Belgium, he published a best-selling interview transcript, with Jean Lievens, 'De Wereld Redden, met peer to peer naar een post-kapitalistische samenleving', which is nearing its third printing after a few weeks (February 2014).
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