‘Lessons for late capitalism’

Future of Work Foundation in collaboration with Huis 73.

Time: 15:30-17:00hr (with closing drinks))
Willem Twee Art Space
Boschdijkstraat 100


Talk & working session

The notion that something needs to be changed about raw capitalism is becoming a widely accepted message. But what? Fortunately, there has already been a lot of thought and experimentations for quite some time. One of those ideas is centuries old; the commons.

What used to be a form of organization for the commons is now an inspiration for alternative forms of economic cooperation. The classic example is that of the shepherds who had to divide available grasslands among themselves. By making agreements about who could use the resources and when, they were not being exhausted. You might think that’s just the same for fishing quotas, but nothing could be further from the truth.

What happens when we make fishermen, consumers and all other stakeholders jointly responsible for taking care of the resources that are the basis of their survival? Something fundamentally different could emerge: commoning, an enrichment of relationships around our resources with deep commitment. And what can happen when we begin to apply this way of thinking also to other complex situations? Such lessons need to be re-learned in times of late capitalism. That is what we will explore during this talk and working session.