MODULE 11 – Eco-Political Economy : Seeing behind the Seen

 

8th-12th November 2018 (5 days)

(Christine Dann, Pracha Hutanuwatra and Team)

 

Module Description:

We live in an extremely complex and interdependent world. Many things happen to us that hinder us on our journey through life, and we often don’t know what causes them.  These include huge economic stresses and strains, such as global and local financial crises, unemployment and forced labour, and rising personal, national and global debts. These stresses are linked to terrible political outcomes, such as extremist & fundamentalist groups groups and parties, regional and civil wars, and the refugee crisis.  It is important for spiritual leaders and social change makers to understand how  the current economic teaching and system plays an important role in creating and reinforcing these negative outcomes; as well as looking into the emerging alternatives around the world. During these 5 days we will wrestle with big economic concepts such as neo-liberalism, globalization, the failings of corporate-capitalism and state-socialism, money, debt, and consumerism; and related topics such as media bias and gender justice.  Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how structural violence is written into the current economic system, and a knowledge of the range of thinking and action now going into creating the next system.

Facilitators

Christine Dann is a writer, researcher, historian, green activist and organic gardener. She has a Ph.D in environmental policy. Most recently, she produced a film which premiered at the 2017 NZ International Film Festival. She is currently researching and writing about the transition from global capitalism to more just and sustainable local economic systems.

Learning Goal and Learning Outcomes

Goal:To deepen comprehension of structural violence and inspiration to work for alternatives

 

Learning Outcomes

            Participants will :

  1. have critical understanding of the present global-local complexities
  2. have inspiration to look for possible alternatives
  3. gain necessary skills to analyse society in more holistic way
  4. be able to network among participants both within a country and cross-border.

 

Learning Themes (schedule example from 2017)

DAY 1

 

CIVIL SOCIETY IN ASIA AND AUTHORITARIAN GOVERNANCE

UNDERSTANDING ISLAM IN THE PRESENT GLOBAL SITUATION

DAY 2

 

ANALYSING CAPITALISM & SOCIALISM

GREEN AND ALTERNATIVE POLITICS

DAY 3 AM: MONEY AND ALTERNATIVE CURRENCY & GNH:

 

DAY 4

 

ASIAN PRACTICAL ALTERNATIVES : from community to social movement, learning from examples in Asia and beyond

EXPOSURE VISIT TO ALTERNATIVE COMMUNITY

DAY 5 Local Economy and Localisation

 

 

 

 

Recommended readings and websites:

 

Books:

Rushkoff, Douglas, 2011, “Life, Inc., How the World Became a Corporation, and How to Take it Back”, Random House, New York.

Muzzaffar, Chandra, 2003. Muslims Dialogue Terror, Malaysia: International Movement for a Just World.

Martenson, C., 2011. The crash course: The unsustainable future of our economy, energy, and environment. Hoboken, N.J: Wiley.

Deb, Debal, 2012. Beyond Developmentality: Constructing Inclusive Freedom and Sustainability. Earthscan.

 

Articles: 

Muzzaffar, Chandra. “Hegemony, Terrorism and War – Is Democracy the Antidote?”. Widener Law. ReviewVol. XIII Issue 2 (2007), pp.361-369. Retrieved From: http://static7.userland.com/ulvs1-j/gems/wlr/08muzaffar.pdf

Hui, Po-keung, 2009. “Market Capitalism and Hong Kong’s Future: the relevance of Karl Polanyi and Fernand Braudel“. Retrieved From: http://commons.ln.edu.hk/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1013&context=hum_destiny_conf

Capra, Fritjof,  chapter 3: “Mechanical Social Thoughts” in The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision(Cambridge University Press.)

Weber, Andreas, 2015 “Reality as Commons: A Poetics of Participation for the Anthropocene” in Patterns of Commoning (Off the Commons Books.)

Interview:

Chandra Muzafar : https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/muslims/interviews/muzaffar.html

 

Videos:

Marx/Marxism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-sQSoCjOSU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0GFSUu5UzA

Asian economics

The Indigenous Cultures of Resource Use – Debal Deb https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z4rDBsg8cY&t=128s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS-MVu5v4b8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0muPcoHyQtA

The Biggest Scam in the History of Mankind (full documentary)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uur-f10jKgQ

Audio:

Ouyporn Khuankaew. Feminism and Buddhism for Transformation. http://www.diydharma.org/feminism-and-buddhism-transformation-ouyporn-khuankaew

 

Hand-outs/ Powerpoints During Module:

PPT Civil Society and Authoritarian Governance – Reflections from Asia – PK Hui

PPT Capitalism and Socialism – PK Hui

Economics of Happiness (video)

Andrew Dobson; An Interview

Green Political Thought – Andrew Dobson

Interview with Ashis Nandy – Alternative Politics for Asia

Green Politics

Green Political Theory – John Barry

Green State – Robin Ek

Interview with Sulak Sivaraksa – Excerpt From Sulak Sivaraksa and Muzaffar, Chandra, 1999. Alternative Politics for Asia : A Buddhist-Muslim Dialogue.Penang: International Movement for a Just World.

Interview with Tu Weiming – Excerpt From Sulak Sivaraksa and Muzaffar, Chandra, 1999. Alternative Politics for Asia : A Buddhist-Muslim Dialogue.

Lack of Money – Excerpt from Loy, David, 2008. Money, sex, war, karma: Notes for a Buddhist revolution. Boston, MA: Wisdom.

Money and Finance – Excerpt from Ashcroft R., Braund M., 2012. Four. Horsemen: A Survival Manual. London: Motherlode.

Violence: Direct, Cultural and Structural – Excerpt from Galtung J., Fischer D., 2013. “Violence: Direct, Structural and Cultural”. In: Johan Galtung. SpringerBriefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice, vol 5. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg