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SIC's Transformative Research: Rotterdam, June 8th

In the context of the European Network project Social Innovation Communities, DRIFT, Impact Hub and Deeleconomie NL join forces and invite you to experience the transformative ambitions of new economy entrepreneurs, organizations and crowdplatforms.

In an experimental setting, we aim to explore how our roles and the activities we undertake change in the new economy and how this might contribute to societal transformation. At the same time, we explore how research and practice can better interact to increase their impacts.

WHO: Are you working as entrepreneur, social innovator or platform organization in the collaborative/sharing economy, social economy, green/degrowth economy or solidarity economy? Are you a researcher dedicated to alternative economies? Do you aim for societal impact and/or systemic change? And would you like to share your experiences, learn from others and increase your network? Then we invite you to apply for this transformative research and practice session.

WHY: Worldwide, ideas for changing the economic system emerge and are put into practice. Starting from a critique on dominant state-market logics or traditional economic arrangements, new economy initiatives demonstrate that alternatives are possible. These initiatives are often characterized by a change in social relations, a specific narrative of change and a re-appreciation of relational values like trust, reciprocity and transparency. Their ways to structure and organize our economy challenge, alter and ultimately aim to replace dominant structures, cultures or practices, through offering alternative or complementary ones. Emerging new economy initiatives push towards new economic arrangements that create more value for society. These initiatives can enhance their impact through increased awareness about the different and changing roles and approaches involved in challenging established institutions through interaction with other practitioners and researchers.

WHAT: In an interactive setting, we explore how different new economy initiatives challenge power relations and negotiate logics such as a) public vs. private, b) non-profit vs. for profit and c) formal vs. informal. We also zoom in on how changing roles (manifested in new activities) are used by these initiatives to access cultural, social or material resources and as such can be seen as ‘vehicle of agency’, as well as how changes in roles can indicate changes in the broader social fabric and shared values, norms and beliefs. We introduce an analytical lens that will guide us to explore your roles, struggles and strategic actions.

WHAT FOR: 1) reflecting on your practices and your position in the bigger context of societal change and the practical challenges you encounter, 2) broadening your network among new economy initiatives and researchers and 3) learning to update your strategic actions.

WHEN: Thursday June 8th 2017, 09.30-17.00 WHERE: Impact Hub Rotterdam APPLY: Participation is free of charge. We do ask you to apply here before May 10th 2017 – be quick as we have limited spaces available.