I offer the following presentations concerning the main concepts discussed in my books on economy of abundance and rethinking economy:

  • General presentation of the book, with a focus on systems analysis, the purpose of abundance of life, and fundamental economic policies for an economy of abundance of life
  • Concept of abundance of life – how can we define and measure abundance of life, and make it relevant for political and economic decision-making?
  • Property rights that entail obligations, responsibility and work – how can property rights be designed to promote freedom, social equity and environmental sustainability?
  • The Commons as an element of an economcy of abundance of life – why are they needed, and how can they be designed in such a way as to support life most effectively?
  • Finance as servant – basic structures of finance as a public infrastructure
  • Social security – a self-determined service for the common good as a politically viable and effective alternative
  • Democracy in the economy – how can participatory decision-making be designed inside of enterprises?



Presentations and workshops given since 2008

  • September 2017. Participation at the Workshop “Kein Ausverkauf der Natur: Schutz und Nutzung (globaler) Gemeinschaftsgüter demokratisch gestalten,” (No selling out of nature: democratic design of the protection and use of (global) common goods), Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung, Berlin.
  • May 11, 2017. Institutions and Commons. Contribution to a Lecture Series, Critical Economics at the Goethe-University Frankfurt, Internalisig Externalities: Do the New Markets Keep their Promises?
  • June 22, 2016. “Wirtschaft neu denken: Wie können Landes- und Kommunalregierungen zur Entwicklung einer zukunftsfähigen Wirtschaft beitragen?” Presentation at the Working Group on Economy, Heidelberg County Chapter of the Green Party.
  • June 11, 2015. “Commons als Bausteine einer Post-Wachstums-Wirtschaft.” Lecture at the Technical University Dresden.
  • November 2014. Workshop on „Commons“ at a state-level meeting of the Young Greens of North-Rhine-Westfalia in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
  • November 20, 2014. “Wirtschaft der Lebensfülle.” Presentation organized by Transition Town Heidelberg as part of the One-World Days of the One-World Center Heidelberg.
  • June 18 to 21, 2014. Two presentations, “The NORA Knowledge Base of the Commons Abundance Network,” and “Needs, Organizational Forms and Resources for Abundance as a Route toward Common Ground among Diverse Movements,” at the “Workshop on the Workshop” of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
  • September 27, 2013. “The Commons Abundance Network: An Online Commons for an Economy of Abundance.” Presentation as part of the  Community Commons Colloquia series, The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
  • May 2013. Workshop on economics of abundance in an open space format at the
    „Geld oder Leben“ (money or life) Symposium in Schrems, Austria.
  • February 21, 2013. “The Commons Abundance Network: Needs, Organizational Forms, and Resources for Abundance.” Presentation at the Faculty Research Conference, Truman State University.
  • August 3, 2012. “Economics of Abundance.” Presentation in Barcelona for the Free Knowledge Institute and the Institut di Govern i Polítiques Públiques, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
  • July 21, 2012. “Abundance Score: A Proposal for Mapping Our Common Wealth.” Presentation at the Green Economics Conference, Oxford, UK.
  • June 22 to 30, 2012. Participation at the first Commons Summer School in Bechstedt (Thuringia, Germany), organized by Silke Helfrich and Brigitte Kratzwald; gave a presentation about networks and an economy of abundance.
  • March 23, 2012. Presentation about the book “Economics of Abundance” at the Department of Economics, University of Missouri Kansas City.
  • November 2011. “The Role of the Commons and Common Property in an Economy of Abundance.” Presentation at the conference of the ICAPE (International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics) in Amherst, Massachusetts. In addition participation at a round table on The solidarity economy as a conceptual framework for understanding & transforming the economy.”
  • November 2010. Abundant Mobility: One Town’s Resources. Shareable
  • September 25, 2010.“Is there a Future for Abundance in San Francisco?” Presentation at the Faculty Research Conference, Truman State University.
  • July 2010. Economics of Abundance Workshop. Shareable
  • April 16, 2010. “Green Solidarity Community Abundant Economy and Political Ecology: Can they generate a shared urban agenda?” Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C.
  • August 1, 2009. Measuring Abundance: The case of Cittaslow’s attempts to support better quality of life.” Presentation at the fourth Annual Green Economics Conference, Oxford.
  • March 2009. Taking Responsibility to Build a Liberatory, Equitable, and Sustainable Economy. Workshop in cooperation with Nina Gregg, at the Forum on the Solidarity Economy, Amherst, Massachusetts.
  • February 16, 2009. “Cittaslow: Campanilismo or Lebensqualität? Translations and Betrayals in a Quest for the Ideal City.” Presentation at the Faculty Forum, Truman State University.
  • April 2008. “Cittaslow: globalizing imagination from below or competitive place-marketing in a neoliberal world?” Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, Massachusetts.

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