I.L.A. stands for the imperial mode of living and solidarity-based alternatives. We don’t want to continue living at the expense of others, but rather achieve a good life for all. At our current I.L.A. Transformation Workshop, young academics and activists are developing strategies and projects to actively engage people with social-ecological transformation.
In these podcasts, our team takes listeners to co-operatives, self-managed collectives, and businesses governed by needs rather than the goal of private profit. In interviews, we discover what constitutes these economic forms and the effects they have on their surroundings. Our listeners learn how these companies were founded and what motivates the people who work there, both at work and in everyday life. The podcasts aim at inspiring people to make similar choices. That’s why there will also be links next to the podcasts on our planned website ohnemehrwert.de that provide useful information on the issues covered in each podcast. The Ohne Mehrwert (no added value) project was developed as part of the I.L.A Transformation Workshop and is designed and implemented by the Fairraum Collective.
… is an experimental workshop on climate justice that takes people on a transformative voyage through our bodies, mindsets, and relationships. We confront climate change, global social injustices as well as racist and sexist social structures using body-based methodologies. In this workshop, we aim to create a conscious space sensitive to power dynamics and discrimination that we can shape together. Can you unlearn what your mind and body have internalised?
The concept of a solidarity economy primarily originated in Latin America. Today, it is being put into practice in the region surrounding the German city of Kassel. There are numerous successful examples of solidarity-based businesses. In two workshops in the Werra-Meissner district, we show local politicians and decision-makers why they should support the local solidarity economy and how they can do this. We want to document and share the wealth of experience from this model region in order to show the potential for a more general solidarity-based economy.
With stories on the good life for all and live discussions with experts and practitioners, we hope to inform and inspire people beyond the world of academia. Social media allow low-threshold access to the theory and practice of solidarity-based modes of living and the economy. The aim is to attract new readers to the book The good life for all (Das gute Leben für Alle – Wege in die solidarische Lebensweise, oekom, 2019) and build a community for solidarity-based alternatives. Ziel ist es, neue Leser*innen für das Buch „Das gute Leben für Alle – Wege in die solidarische Lebensweise“ (oekom, 2019) zu gewinnen und perspektivisch eine Community für solidarische Alternativen aufzubauen.