What is it?
The Workers’ Economy Gathering is a meeting that brings together recuperated and self-managed enterprises, cooperatives and social and popular economy organizations, as well as trade unions and academics interested in and committed to self-management practices and the project of a new workers’ economy. The first gathering was organized in 2007 by Facultad Abierta, a program of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the moment it is integrated by a growing number of organizations and movements worldwide. The next Gathering will be held between the 30th of August and the 2nd of September in the Hotel Bauen in Buenos Aires and the Cooperativa Textiles Pigué, both recuperated and run by their workers.
Why a workers’ economy gathering?
Our contemporary capitalist order increasingly condemns the majority of the world’s working people to exploitation, precariousness, and unemployment, while unleashing wars, discrimination and destruction throughout the planet. In Argentina, where the sixth edition of the gathering of “The Workers’ Economy” will take place, one of the world’s most extensive experience of self-management and the recuperation of workplaces faces the offensive of this new stage of neoliberalism. This new International Gathering will be held in a particular moment when a workers’ economy based on self-management appears to be more and more needed as an alternative to savage capitalism.
Amidst this reality the International Gathering intends to bring together and extend the numerous debates, discussions, and shared experiences of the three most recent Regional and earlier International meetings. At the same time it aims at broadening and strengthening the debate and organization .
What will be the content?
Central Round tables Spaces of discussion on gneral issues to share knowledge and views, and to develop common perspectives, they are organized baised on the thematic streams, with speakers from different backrounds specificly chosen by the organization committee, based on the proposals recieved. They are central discussion tables to which everyone may participate, so they are not overlapping with any other.
Round tables on specific topics: they are organized according to the thematic streams, based on the proposals submitted. For the workers’ organizations is not necessary to present a full paper, a brief presentation of contents is sufficient.
Workshops: Working spaces to share experiences and practices, and develop common tools and strategies. Participants who would like to organize a workshop, may directly send a proposal including aims, and organizations involved. They shall be then published in order to allow any other organization envolved to participate.
Book, video, and magazeen presentations may also bee proposed, and scheduled amongst the activities.
For submission of proposals, please register, and fill in the form.
How can I participate?
Participation is free and does not require prior subscription. However, to propose a topic it is necessary to register and submit a short proposal by the required deadlines. The main thematic streams were decided on by taking into account the work we have done in previous international and regional gatherings. The thematic streams are deliberately broad in order to organize the program, based on the presentation proposals, papers and workshop proposals received by who shall actually be participating. We use this strategy as a way to plan for the fullest and most inclusive program. Please also check the session for contributions, as the one of the previous gatherings to get a general idea around current debates and participants.
How is it organized?
Transnational work in preparation is coordinated through the local organizing committee, in cooperation with the international organization committee, whose list is implemented by experiences participating and coordinating from the last local and international meetings.
The work for solidarity hosting and local transport to Pigué where the main part of the meeting will be held will be coordinated through the registration form (in Spanish, but ou may also fill it in in English) and at firstname.lastname@example.org (also in Spanish and English). Please be sure to register or write within the 16th of June 2016.
Translation from and to Spanish, French, and English shall be available at the meeting.
The actual meeting is from August 30th to September 2nd. A cycle of prior activities, debates, and visits to social organizations and recuperater companies shall be organized in the week between August 23rd and August 29th in Buenos Aires.
The full program shall soon be available.
This new, sixth edition of the International Gathering will take place ten years after the first edition was organized in Buenos Aires in July 2007. Subsequent editions have taken place in Buenos Aires (2009), Mexico (2011), Brazil (Joao Pessoa, 2013) and Venezuela (Punto Fijo, 2015). Beginning in 2014, regional gatherings have also been taking place in South America, Europe and the Mediterranean, and in North and Central America, the last of which were held in October and November 2016 with the participation of representatives from 30 countries.