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Aerial view of the Belvelly Channel estuary, Great Island, County Cork, 2020. Source: Colette Lewis.

Reframing Community-based Economies

3rd Dec 2020 - 15th May

Aerial view of the Belvelly Channel estuary, Great Island, County Cork, 2020. Source: Colette Lewis.

 

REFRAMING COMMUNITY-BASED ECONOMIES

Colette Lewis, Cobh Zero Waste and SIRIUS

Commissioned by SIRIUS.

Supported by the Creative Ireland County Cork grant scheme 

'Reframing Community-based Economies' is a project by the artist Colette Lewis, Cobh Zero Waste and SIRIUS exploring a community-based model of exchange towards the implementation of circular economies as a civic-driven imagination of sustainable living strategies. The project brings 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 younger generations, new forms of know-how have emerged, mediated through digital media like Instagram, YouTube and wikiHow. Its use centres on the sharing of information and creation of awareness-raising platforms for environmental issues.

Colette Lewis, Cobh Zero Waste and SIRIUS are forming a digital and Cobh-based group to engage with discourse and practices around alternative, community-based economic systems. They are inviting all interested people to participate in a series of events to creatively and ethically think about how to ‘take back the economy’.

 

EVENTS

Monthly online, on-site and off-site workshops, talks, discussions, reading groups, making sessions and field trips. Free; registration via Eventbrite (Zoom invitation or meeting details shared by e-mail prior to each event).

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reframing-community-based-economies-tickets-130626177413

Thursday, 3 December, 19.30 – 21.00
Zoom
In conversation about civic practice with the artist Colette Lewis, Stephen Thornhill from Cobh Zero Waste, and Miguel Amado from SIRIUS. View video on YouTube.
 
Thursday, 10 December, 19.30 – 21.00
Zoom
Talk on sustainable living strategies by Angela Nagle, doctoral candidate in Civil & Environmental Engineering, University College Cork. View video on YouTube.
 
Thursday, 28 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. View video on YouTube.
 
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. View video on YouTube.
 
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. Register for this event.
 
Thursday, 8 April, 18.00 – 19.30
Zoom
Reading group around the book Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth, led by Stephen Thornhill. Register for this event.
 
Saturday, 8 May, 12.00 – 16.00
Off-site
Field trip to the Belvelly estuary on Great Island, County Cork, led by Colette Lewis. Register for this event.
 
Saturday, 15 May, 12.00 – 16.00
SIRIUS
Making session and discussion on ‘Reframing Community-based Economies’, led by Colette Lewis, Stephen Thornhill and Miguel Amado. Register for this event.

 

Kathrin Böhm explaining the community economy principle

Kathrin Böhm explaining the community economy principle, using a diagram of Company Drinks, 2018. Photograph by Levin Haegele. Source: Centre for Plausible Economies, c/o Company Drinks.

Iceberg representation of a diverse economy, derived from an original by Ken Byrne

Iceberg representation of a diverse economy, derived from an original by Ken Byrne, published in J.K. Gibson-Graham, A Postcapitalist Politics, 2006. Source: Community Economies Collective, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.