Dalla Germania. Workshop in Berlino 20.-22.11.
In allegato il pre-invito all'UI a partecipare a un interessantissimo convegno a organizzato a Berlino dalla Fondazione Rosa Luxembourg (testa pensante di Die Linke).
“Green New Deal” Projects and Social-Ecological Reconstruction?
Left Economic Policy Debate on Causes and Consequences of the Crisis and the Struggle for a Socially and Ecologically Sustainable Transformation".
As a subscriber of your mailing list and engaged in the Social Forum processes I know your idea about building a "Global Social Pact for Equitable and Sustainable Habitat", which was presented on the occasion of the financial summit of the G 20 in Washington. Here you demand to include the financing of housing and habitat into a necessary "Green New Deal", what is very interesting and much more necessary. Now I'm organizing an international workshop on the current New Deal debate in Berlin on 20.-22.11.2009. I'm doing it for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. My concrete question is, if one of you from Europe could speak on 21.11. on your project. Please find the draft programme enclosed. Of course, you may change the title and more clearly define the issue of your contribution. In case of accepting our invitation RLS would cover the travel and hotel costs.
Our workshop "New Deal Projects and socio-ecological conversion" is intended to contribute to the strategy debate of left activists from the perspective of economics and economic policy. So it is confronted with two challenges: Firstly, to realise the urgent problems and to take realizable steps; secondly, to respond to the fact that the global financial and economic crises is interwoven with long-term structural crises: with climatic and other ecological crises, with food and energy crises and with global crises of reproduction.
The central question of the workshop is to what extent the current Global (Green) New Deal debate offers opportunities to alleviate the effects of the crisis, structurally to push back the causes of the crisis, to take steps to their structurally overcoming and to begin a socio-ecological conversion. The central working thesis is: Only the politically effective realisation of that connection can prevent that the current New Deal debate would promote and increase the crises causes and boost the socially and ecologically destruction processes.
Two remarks concerning the terms: 1) "Structural" means positions and power relations between the actors in the society. "Structurally pushing back destruction" means that social actors change power relations, positions and social relations in such a way that the society would respond to social, ecological and global problems. At the same time actors change themselves, fight and drive each other. A change of players can only result from learning processes, social struggles and new political alliances.
2) In our workshop in 2007 the participants agreed the following definition:
The concept of "social-ecological conversion" or "social-ecological conversion" describes a reflexive, continuing process of searching and transformation in which both the socio-political relations of power and property and the social structures are so changed that people"s social conditions of life will be preserved and improved. At the same time people will change their way of life, especially their economic activity, so that their natural conditions of life and the ecological context (biosphere) is retained, recovered and remains healthy.
With this coincide upheavals in the mutual relations between economy and society, of society, nature and individuals - also and particularly in their plural gender relations - and of individuals to their bodies and to nature. In these upheavals the active protagonists, their thinking, their instruments and their action, their political understanding and concepts, will undergo profound metamorphoses. In recognition of the reproduction requirements of the biosphere and of healthier human individuals, the modes of production, reproduction and regulation of society will be so reconstructed as to allow individual people gradually to live in a self-determined way, with dignity and in solidarity cooperation.
Within the further escalating dramatic dimensions of the problem the pressure to act and the seriousness of the time factor grows. The basic condition for a successful beginning and further progress of social-ecological conversion is the democratization of the decision processes, in which what is asked of science changes.
The workshop consists of three parts regarding subject matter: I. Stocktaking experiences and problems, II. New Deal projects versus crises effects and crises reasons, III. New Deal projects and the strategy of the left.
The first part should help to answer on two questions: Why New Deal debates take place again and again? What crucial demands result from the analyses of the concrete crises? In the second part the questions are: What opportunities are offered by the single projects to alleviate the effects of the crisis and structurally to push back and overcome the causes of the crisis? Where do the New Deal concepts for handling the crisis threaten to multiply or sharpen the contradictions and create (new) causes of crisis?
In the following third part we ask about the consequences which the "stocktaking of New Deal projects" raises for work on left (economic) alternatives - on the conception of social-ecological reconstruction - and on strategies for their realisation?
Please don"t hesitate to ask questions and tell requests.