From the Balkan Route to Rojava: Survival Strategies and Solidarity Networks on a Common Planet

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The time has come to explore the worlds of groups, who suffer from war, disasters and all kinds of other crisis. And to acknowledge that they are not just victims, but also subjects with agency, who cultivate survival strategies and solidarity networks that foster seminal innovations for the entire planet. So, what holds us back to account for them as the innovators of our civil societies, as pioneers of a new era of peer cooperativism and as early adopters of the commons as a new way of organizing ownership? – bottom-up and collective, rather than state-run or private. Can we learn to see such invisiblized survival economies as exemplary struggles for equality? And what could be the lessons regarding efforts towards commoning housing, labor, health care and all the raw materials of life? Moderated by Marcus Staiger (Bündnis für bedingungsloses Bleiberecht), this “Tacit Futures” talk guided through fields of social and political experimentation exercised by contemporary refugee movements. Jennifer Kamau (International Women’s Space in Berlin) and Meike Nack (Foundation Free Woman in Rojava) presented their struggles. They took the Federation of Northern Syria, Rojava as a starting point. A de facto autonomous region originating in three self-governing cantons in northern Syria, the Rojavan government and society are based on principles of direct democracy, gender equality, sustainability and polyethnicity. The session was recorded at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg Platz on October 29, 2016, and can be listened to by pressing the play button above.

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