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Berner Human Geographisches Symposium

25 Oct

Bianca will present the work of the Alpine Community Economies Lab and its local network of theory-practice relays at the University of Bern.

Alpine Community Economies Lab: co-creating theory-practice relays for eco-social futures
he Alpine Community Economies Lab is a research space embedded in the Vallagarina valley (TN) in the Italian Alps. In the Lab researchers from the field of design and architecture come together with practitioners from fields such as agro-ecology, social work and environmental education to create projects which center issues of climate crisis and rapid biodiversity loss, while experimenting with the co-creation of socio-economic initiatives that center the well-being of people and earth.

To do so they create relays between theory and practice that mobilize feminist knowledge practices, diverse economies frameworks and co-design methods. These relays are participatory research formats that strive to connect local action with global issues and currently take the form of a community academy at the local train station,
a participatory drinks enterprise, a forest school, a bread oven on wheels and a mental health laboratory. In my contribution to the colloquium series, I will open up windows into the work of the Lab and share our core methodological and conceptual tools, such as co-design, convivial imperfection, interdependence and the underlying
community economies framework.


25 Oct