What comes after the culture of celebs such as Ewald Engelen, Thomas Piketty, Yanis Varoufakis and David Graeber? How can we build bridges between economists and their critique of global finance, neo-liberal policies, financialization, shrinking middle classes and the ever-growing gap between the rich and the poor? Can we negotiate the difference between the bestselling financial book of the year and grass-roots social resistance?
Global Finance: Failing Better? addresses the need for a multitude of critical strategies that go beyond analysis and step the game into action. As scores of citizens amass in public squares as part of Nuit Debout or campaign for political reform with people’s parties such as Podemos or the Five Star Movement, how can we make sure that the original underlying critique of global finance continues to inspire and mobilize direct political action? If financial reporting led to the rise of direct democratic action can critique of the global economy then also offer more to the building of viable alternatives? Can popular economic literature engage directly with the current social movements to become more than just a conversation piece, but a potential manual to reroute the austerity economy.
Speakers: Alex Foti, Menno Grootveld, Renzo Martens & Cassie Thornton
Moderator: Geert Lovink