Workshops: Community economies: a practice exchange (IT)

On June 7 to 9 2019, ACElab hosted a community economies exchange in the Terragnolo Valley in Trentino (IT). The exchange brought together internationally leading feminist economic geographers, design researchers, artists and local community organisers to work through concrete case studies of art-led community economies and to connect translocal projects, which experiment with issues of social transformation and scale.


The international gathering saw the special contribution by Prof. Katherine Gibson of the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University, who has developed the term “community economies” to denote economies in which ethical negotiations around our interdependence with each other and the environment are put center stage. Projects such as Company Drinks, a community-led drinks company situated in the East of London, and Trajna, a participatory design practice based in Ljubljana dealing with “invasive” species in generative ways, shared their approach to interdependence and livelihood generation, while networking with local initiatives such as La Foresta, a group of associations, active citizens and local administrators who are establishing a community academy at the train station of Rovereto (TN/IT).


Here a list of everyone who was present:
Geographers: Community Economies Institute (Katherine Gibson, Katharine McKinnon, Tuomo Alhojärvi, Oona Morrow)
Designers, artist, architects: Company Drinks, Center for Possible Econmies, Common(s)lab, Feral Business Coaching, Trajna, Radical Intention, Nomadic Shtetl Archive, MA in Eco-Social Design of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, MA Creative Practice of Leeds Arts University
Community organisers: La Foresta, Comunità Frizzante, comun’Orto, Il Masetto
Eurac Reserach: Center for Advanced Studies