You're invited to a workshop cohosted by Shareable featuring Wolfgang Hoeschele Ph.D, a geographer and author soon to be released book, The Economics of Abundance: A Political Economy of Freedom, Equity, and Sustainability.
In this workshop, Wolfgang will first introduce participants to his ideas about an economics of abundance; then, participants will break out into groups to discuss how they can realize greater abundance in various different aspects of their lives; finally, these groups will report their ideas back to all participants. The goal is to generate ideas, energy, and momentum that participants can take back to their own life projects.
The “economics of abundance” is based on a critique of our present economic system, which finds value only in scarce commodities – i.e., things which can be sold at a high price because demand exceeds supply. Because this economy depends on demand always outstripping supplies, it also depends on “scarcity-generating institutions” – institutions that either manipulate supply or demand in order to keep us in a constant state of need.
An economy of abundance seeks to dismantle or reform these scarcity-generating institutions in such a way as to affirm our freedom to live life as art (self-expression to others), social equity (so that everyone can live life as art), and sustainability (so that all life can thrive into the future). Among other things, this implies a much greater role for various forms of shared property, individual and community-level self-reliance, and participatory decision-making.
When: Thursday, June 24th, 2010, 6:30-9:30pm
Where: Citizen Space , 425 Second St., #100, San Francisco
6:30 – 7:00 Arrive - mingle, nosh
7:00 – 7:30 Member announcements, one minute each
7:30 – 8:00 Break - make connections based on announcements, nosh
8:00 – 9:15 Presentation and discussion
9:15 – 9:30 Clean up, take the discussion to the 21st Amendment
-Willingness to give help and receive help
-Healthy finger food and drink for the potluck
Teaser image courtesy of Gwen Meharg.