The Source Network is glad to publish the following three papers:
“A New Model of Production for a New Economy – Two cases of agricultural communities” written by Chris Giotitsas (P2P Foundation and P2P Lab) and Jose Ramos (P2P Foundation)
“A Purple Economy – The case for placing the economics of care at the heart of sustainable development” , written by Ana Sofia Fernandes (Secretary General of The Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights & Board Member of the European Women’s Lobby)
“Diversity is Strength – The German energiewende as a resilient alternative” , written by Tadzio Mueller (Rosa Luxembourg Stiftung)
A NEW MODEL OF PRODUCTION FOR A NEW ECONOMY
In A New Model of Production for a New Economy, Giotitsas and Ramos present emerging theory and case studies in the development of a new economic model. The model is interchangeably called both “Design Global – Manufacture Local” (DG-ML) and “Cosmo-localisation”, and describes the development of an open design to localised production process. We argue it represents a fundamental shift in the economic production paradigm. This report begins by describing the model and providing emerging theory. The report then moves on to two case studies, FarmHack and L’Atelier Paysans, both examples in the domain of agriculture. The report concludes by considering strategic pathways for supporting this important avenue for human development
A PURPLE ECONOMY
In A Purple Economy, Sofia Fernandes present the case for placing the economics of care at the heart of sustainable development. With the EU currently in a process of reflection – following the issuing in March 2017 of the White Paper on the future of Europe: analysis and scenarios for EU 27 until 2025 – it is now a favourable moment to acknowledge that economies and societies need to be rebalanced and that women and men have a right to decent paid work that can be combined with caring responsibilities. Caring and being cared for, at different stages in our lives, is one of the central emotional experiences of our shared humanity. The lack of affordable, accessible, and high quality care services in the EU is a major obstacle to women’s full participation in all aspects of economic, social, cultural and political life. Care policies, the provision of care services and the development of the care economy are therefore crucial for the achievement of equality between women and men.
DIVERSITY IS STRENGTH
By presenting the case of the German energiewende as a resilient alternative, in Diversity is Strength, Tadzio Mueller shows us how “The old is dying, and the new cannot be born”, as Antonio Gramsci famously characterised an ‘interregnum’, the transformation-crisis between two phases of capitalist development. Today, we seem to find ourselves in another such interregnum, where neoliberalism has run out of steam in terms of its capacity to generate news bursts of (productivity) growth, has ceased to be hegemonic and has deteriorated into a mere strategy of domination rather than hegemony (that is: of power based on force, rather than consent). The ‘normal’ way out of this situation is one that has come to be associated with the phrase “creative destruction”: in a crisis, the political and economic power of the class fractions that ‘led’ the last phase of growth is destroyed, new products and labour processes are developed, new elites emerge, new class compromises are forged, new areas of the world (either actual, geographic areas, bodies, or desires) are valorised and commodified. And thus the whole game begins anew.
Except: this time, it’s different. No, really: this time, it is different.