During the MORSE Conference 2023 in Maastricht, dr. Thomas Bauwens presented two papers within the sessions on Commons and the social economy, hosted by René Kemp, Christian Scholl and Job Zomerplaag.
On Monday October 23: ‘Cracking capitalism: Theorizing the community economy, its advantages, challenges and conditions‘ On Tuesday October 24: ‘Does social capital foster the emergence of Dutch renewable energy cooperatives?‘
What if there was an alternative to capitalism that was more desirable, but still viable and feasible? A system that promotes well-being and restoration of ecosystems? As a guest on the Circular Metabolism Podcast, dr. Thomas Bauwens from Rotterdam School of Management shared his vision on a post-capitalist economic system.
This bi-weekly podcast (in French) is hosted by Aristide Athanassiadis. He interviews both researchers and practitioners about the metabolism of our societies and how to reduce our environmental impact in a systemic, fair and contextualized way.
A lively debate on ‘commons’ took place at Debatpodium Arminius on 27 June. Prof. Tine De Moor (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University) was one of the speakers, along with political philosopher Yara Al Salman (Universiteit Utrecht), Femke Stam (Knarrenhof), Jelte Boeijenga (Energie van Rotterdam), Annet Van Otterloo (Afrikaanderwijk Coöperatie), Sebastiaan Bonte (Leefbaar Rotterdam) and Tim de Haan (D66). Watch the recordings on YouTube, sound starts at 6:21.
Rotary Utrecht celebrated its 100th anniversary on Friday 10 March with an inspiring afternoon on ‘doing good’ in this day and age. The programme included short lectures by various speakers – including Tine De Moor – discussions, impressive live music, video clips of social initiatives and a closing drink.
The afternoon took place at a special location in Utrecht: Gasthuis Leeuwenberg. For more information about the afternoon and the speakers, click here.
On 17 February Prof Tine De Moor publicly accepted her appointment as professor of Social Enterprises and Institutions for Collective Action at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University with an inaugural lecture entitled Shakeholder society? Social Enterprises, citizens and collective action in the community economy.
How to deal with the grand challenges of our current society? We know what to do, often discuss who should be taking the lead in this (governments? companies? consumers?) and there are many technological innovations that could help but we still fall short of making our economy more regenerative. Can a focus on an economy steered by the needs and collective action of citizens help us forward? Do citizens want to be involved and if so what happens already today? What are the benefits but also potential negative effects and pitfalls of enabling cooperative social enterprises? In “Shakeholder society?” Tine De Moor looks at the possibilities of bringing the roles of stakeholders and shareholders closer together.
If you would like to (re)watch the lecture, you can do so below!
On 15 March, Herenboeren’s Winter Webinar took place with the theme ‘Participation of Members’. A key pillar of the Herenboerderij is social connectedness. The local community makes these cooperatives possible and is the buyer of the products. But how do we ensure sustainable connection and participation of cooperative members on the Herenboerderij? This question is the focus of the webinar. During the webinar, Christiaan Bikker, project officer at the HAS, shared his findings on sustainable participation of cooperative members. Professor Tine De Moor, initiator of CollectieveKracht, talked about the resilience and development of citizen collectives. More information can be found here.
On 17 February, our symposium “From science to society: evidence-based lessons for (cooperative) social enterprises” took place, followed by prof. dr. Tine De Moor’s inaugural lecture entitled: “Shakeholder society? Social Enterprises, citizens and collective action in the community economy”. We would like to thank all (online) attendees for attending these events! We hope everyone found it as interesting as we did.
We are already looking forward to the next event! In the meantime, if you would like to look back at the symposium, you can do so below!