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Reframing Community-based Economies

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Colette Lewis, Cobh Zero Waste & SIRIUS are exploring a community-based model of exchange towards the implementation of circular economies.

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REFRAMING COMMUNITY-BASED ECONOMIES

The artist Colette Lewis, Cobh Zero Waste and SIRIUS are exploring a community-based model of exchange towards the implementation of circular economies in Cobh, County Cork, and beyond in Ireland. They are bringing the experience of older generations together with the aspirations and actions of younger generations shaping the new wave of eco-politics.

For older generations, being able to make, repair, reuse, forage, hunt or grow was mainly learnt within the family home and locality, often out of necessity, due to limited access to resources. While much place-based knowledge and skill has declined with advances in technology that fosters productivity, local know-how has been gaining critical purpose around humanitarian values.

For young people, new forms of know-how have emerged, mediated through digital media and platforms like Instagram, YouTube and wikiHow. Its use centres on the sharing of information and creation of awareness-raising hubs for environmental issues.

Colette Lewis, Cobh Zero Waste and SIRIUS are forming a group of interested people to engage with discourse and practices around alternative, community-based economic systems. They are organising a series of events to think and act, both creatively and ethically, to ‘take back the economy’, contributing to a civic-driven imagination of sustainable living strategies.

‘Reframing Community-based Economies’ is commissioned by SIRIUS with the support of Creative Ireland County Cork grant scheme.

EVENTS

Thursday, 3 December, 18.00 – 19.30, Zoom

In conversation about civic practice with the artist Colette Lewis, Stephen Thornhill, from Cobh Zero Waste, and Miguel Amado, from SIRIUS.

Thursday, 10 December, 18.00 – 19.30, Zoom

Talk on sustainable living strategies by Angela Nagle, doctoral candidate in Civil & Environmental Engineering, University College Cork.

Thursday, 14 January, 18.00 – 19.30, Zoom

Reading group around the book Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities, by J.K. Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron and Stephen Healy, led by Miguel Amado.

Thursday, 11 February, 18.00 – 19.30, Zoom

Talk on economy as a public realm and enterprise as art by Kathrin Böhm, artist and co-founder of the Centre for Plausible Economies, c/o Company Drinks.

Thursday, 11 March, 18.00 – 19.30, Zoom

Workshop on ‘Redrawing the Economy’: the Cobh case, led by Colette Lewis, Stephen Thornhill and Miguel Amado.

Thursday, 8 April, 19.00 – 20.30, Zoom

Talk on community currency, feminism and the redefinition of the notions of value, worth and distribution by Ailie Rutherford, artist and initiator of the People’s Bank of Govanhill.

Thursday, 20 May, 19.00 – 20.30, Zoom

Reading group around the book Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, by Kate Raworth, led by Stephen Thornhill.

Thursday, 17 June, 19.00 – 20.30, Zoom

Workshop on ‘Redrawing the Economy’: the Cobh case, led by Colette Lewis, Stephen Thornhill and Miguel Amado.

Thursday, 15 July, 19.00 – 20.30, Zoom

Workshop on ‘Where to Land After the Pandemic?’, informed by the thinking of Bruno Latour, led by Colette Lewis and Miguel Amado.

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