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Borgofuturo social camp is a space where people can meet, confront each other and imagine a more sustainable society.

The event takes place within the Borgofuturo festival at Ripe san ginesio (MC) from the 5th to the 9th of July 2017. In the first three camping days (5, 6 and 7 of July), meetings and activities regarding themes of environmental and social sustainability will take place. These will push towards ways of re-thinking human relationships and production processes. In the following two days, the Social camp will converge into the Borgofuturo festival.

The courses, developed in theoretical discussions and educational labs, are based on active participations and on sharing knowledge. Participants can choose among different modules being offered within three thematic areas: Degrowth theory, Regenerative agriculture and Communities in transition.

In addition to the educational activities, there will be many opportunities to learn and share throughout the days. These will include, among others, morning yoga sessions, walks to identify and forage native plants, silk-screen printing and theatre and musical activities, which will provide the backdrop to the daily courses.

Here you can find the information on the course content and the registration form

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Teoria della decrescita

Degrowth and the politicization of environmental changes.

A prolonged stagnation, rapid impoverishment of a vast part of the population, growing inequalities, socio-ecological disasters and the continuous tragedy of preventable deaths by lack of access to land, water and food, is the current global outlook. There is a failure, even by radical thinkers, to come up with new responses that are not articulated around the twin imperatives of growth and development. However, if the desire for growth is the main driver of the occurring multiple crises then growth cannot be the solution.

Degrowth aims to articulate and connect new forms of living, producing and consuming in common, as well as attempting to envision new institutions that can secure the livelihoods of everyone without growth. It is a collective endeavour to build counter-hegemonic narratives and debunk the imaginary of growth. Exploring possible living examples, actions and policies helps understand the complex interventions needed at different scales to transform the current industrial patterns. The course provides suggestions on how degrowthers can organize from a grassroots perspective.

3 sessions, with Giacomo D’Alisa and Antonio Bontempi

 

Reproduction and Carework

What does degrowth have to do with feminism? What is reproductive work? How are gender questions represented in degrowth theory and practice?

We will conceptualize a workshop providing an introduction to the history and present state of feminism. In an interactive process we will define, discuss and debate the vocabulary of feminism and reproductive work. Furthermore, we will draw connections between feminist ideas and degrowth proposals, which will lead to questions about reproduction and care work, that are important when talking about the critique on the focus on production (or productivism) and economic growth. In line with degrowth ideas towards social transformation, we will work out strategies or inspirations regarding future perspectives on the re-invention of reproductive ‘work’.

2 sessions, with Evangelia Kouroumichaki, Jelen Sanz Requejo and Helen Zaiser

 

Energy metabolism

The energy sector has strong impacts on how society functions, and remains one of the least sustainable sectors of society, as well as being particularly resilient to change. Dependence on fossil fuels leads to negative environmental effects both at the local and at the global scale, as well as causing environmental justice conflicts within extracting countries.

In the first theoretical part, the concept of societal metabolism as a tool to generate scenarios will be introduced. By representing society as an organism, it is possible to map input and output energy flows, highlighting the interactions of the energy sector with the rest of society, to understand and contextualize its evolution and its relation with modern economy. This will allow, for example, to consider the following questions: which sectors consume most energy? What is the relation between energy and water production and consumption?

In the second practical part, participants will be involved in the creation of scenarios of production and consumption of energy. Here, the impact changes both on the production and consumption side (i.e. use of renewables, changes in diet and mobility) will be assessed in a participatory setting, with the scenarios being chosen, discussed and elaborated in small groups.

1 session, with Louisa Jane di Felice

Comunità in transizione

Community and economy for the common good

Solidarity economy is a system of social and economic relations that put people and the environment at the centre, and whose relation is more important than profit itself. Based on conviviality and mutual respect, communities and ethical networks develop at the regional and global scale, offering an alternative to global market laws.

The course is part of an excursus through the networks and movements of the solidarity economy, passing through the G20 summit in Hamburg all the way to the community in Ripe San Ginesio. Through a drama provocation, the roles and relationships between members of society will be deconstructed and reconstructed, to imagine a more sustainable society. The workshop is based on the sharing of experiences of single participants, and will result in a collecting theatrical representation.

2 sessions, with Riccardo Cantabè and Giorgio De Gasperi

Learning to educate

The course is born from the necessity to reconnect educational objectives to social, environmental and economic necessities. For this reason, the possibilities of improving the current educational system, both in content and in structure, will be considered. The effects of interdisciplinary approaches for the holistic understanding of processes and impacts deriving from the interaction between humanity and nature will be discussed. Moreover, the necessity to decolonize the imaginary and to include other knowledge systems will be highlighted. The various implications of learning from collaborative, rather than competitive, dynamics, will be explored.

The course presents the model of scuola nel bosco (“school in the forest”), from the experiences of the groups operating in Lazio, and involves participants in experimentations of alternative learning, through theatre and group games.

2 sessions, with Fulvia Calcagni, Evangelia Kouroumichaki and Alejandro Ibanez

Food distribution and conviviality

The global food system is extremely delocalized, it is environmentally and socially unsustainable. It breaks communities’ links with their territory and entirely ignores the natural seasons. Is food really just another good to comercialize? Commodify? Or can we see it as a socio-political tool for transformation?

This course presents Agroecology as an alternative to the current food industry. The discussion will focus on how different AFNs (Alternative Food Networks) offer possible solutions to the production, distribution and consumption of food. Experiences in food cooperatives, dumpster diving collectives and (agro-) ecological farming will be shared. Furthermore, members of the italian collective Genuino Clandestino will participate. We are looking forward to reciprocal inspiration. Planting seeds for transformation.

1 session, with Helen Zaiser and Joel Segarra

Self-production of hygiene products and ecological detergents

In his book “Less and Better” (2011) Maurizio Pallante, founder of the italian Movimento per la Decrescita Felice (“Movement for a happy degrowth”), states that: “(…) the erasure of the know-how from the communal knowledge base imposes the need to buy everything that you need to survive. The ways to live, communicate, move, dress, eat, inform yourself and spend free time are dictated by industries that operate in this sectors through the offer of standardized products”. From this perspective, self-production is a synonym of a fair distribution of resources, reduced environmental impact and, as a consequence, better perspectives for the future.

The course will dive into these themes and, in a lab session, into the self-production of goods such as hygiene products, toothpastes and ecological detergents.

1 session, with Giulia Angeli e Sara Spadacini

Agricoltura rigenerativa

Landscape reading and regenerative agriculture

Over 795 million people are victims are hunger, even if the quality of food produced improves every year and could be enough to feed everyone living on the earth. The industrial food production system has destroyed land, contaminated water, led to the abandonment of mountainous areas. Furthermore, it has made farmers slaves of monoculture, mechanization and chemical products. There are agricultural techniques which allow to produce food at reduced and accessible prices.

Within this course, a different approach to agriculture and to landscape reading will be proposed, in order to maximize agricultural yield without destroying the richness of the land and its natural potential. We will learn to plan agriculture by regenerating soil fertility, preventing erosion and managing efficiently water resources.

5 sessions, with Giuseppe Sannicandro, Matteo Mancini and “Il Salto” officina agriculturale

 

Terra Preta systems

The name “terra preta” derives from the re-discovery of ancient anthropogenic land in the Amazon, which is still today more fertile than the land surrounding it, even after hundreds of years from their generation. Recent studies confirm that ancient populations would generate Terra Preta soil with the addition of various ingredients, particularly biochar, organic waste, human waste and other forms of organic matter. Studies on Terra Preta soil confirm that biochar is a fundamental ingredient to maintain long term fertility of the land. Today, Terra Preta sanitary systems attempt to reproduce the processes which led to the generation of Terra Preta soil.

The aim of the course is to explain the principles on which the system is based on, highlighting its importance with respect to nutrient cycle. A practical part will focus on the sanitary system, which considers human waste not as waste but as a resource which, if processed and stabilized, can significantly improve soil nutrition. Terra Preta sanitary systems harness low technology solutions, easily achievable on a small decentralized scale.

1 session, with Alberto Robazza

Enrolment

Enrolment to the event is open to everyone, and the participation fee is of 50 euros. The fee covers camping as well as meals throughout the three days of the course. The number of participants is limited to 60 people.
Since more courses of different thematic areas will be held at the same time, when enrolling please specify which area you are interested in, motivating your choice with a brief explanation. Borgofuturo social camp will be held in Italian and English, please also specify if you have a language preference.
For doubts, comments and questions get in touch at lab@borgofuturo.net

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