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2-5 April 2020, Free University of Bozen–Bolzano, Italy 

This series of conferences is co-developing with the Master in Eco-Social Design. It is an opportunity for a lively exchange on the creative practices contributing to social-ecological transformations. Both speakers and participants come from diverse fields of practice, ranging from progressive local farmers to internationally acclaimed designers, researchers and activists. The conference offers a mix of inputs, collaborative formats and excursions in a convivial atmosphere. More on our blog.


Connected radical niches, change from within bigger structures, making things public and protest, technological innovation, and other transformation strategies all have strong and weak points. How can elements from diverse strategies complement each other to minimize risks and maximize the momentum for a profound and quick enough transformation?

We are asking the following people and groups to contribute with talks and workshops: I.L.A. Kollektiv (confirmed) on pathways to solidary post-growth, Armin Bernhard (Obervinschgau/Mals) & Carolin Holtkamp (Uni Innsbruck; both confirmed) on the strategies for radical change in Mals / Obervinschgau, Saskia Hebert, Andreas Unteidig or Corinna Sy on transformation by design, Extinction Rebellion (Sina Kamala Kaufmann) or SolidariTree on protest and progress strategies, the local FFF & Scientists for Future, the Center for Political Beauty or Peng! Collective on political art tools and strategies, Bruno Latour, Harald Welzer or Maja Göpel on transformation theories and strategies and Anna Meroni (confirmed).


  1. Concrete utopias: Which are the positive future visions to go for?

  2. Crises analysis: Which are the key problems and their drivers?

  3. Transformation strategies: Which strategies and steps can lead to the positive futures?

Speakers and participants will work together on answers to these questions before, during and after the conference — each focussing on specific contexts, frames or scales, also quite small ones. Small is beautiful, but let’s always keep in mind interconnections and transformative agencies within the whole, because at the end a great transformation is required. Ever-present question: What are designers contributing, and what else could or should they contribute?


There are now various degree programs that deal with social-ecological transformation and the (in) possibility of their design. However, in today’s economic and political landscape graduates, who want to fully focus on transformative work struggle to keep their practices economically viable (›Who pays the rent?‹ etc). This is why we would like to give graduates, alumni and students of transformative courses the opportunity to network and build support structures backed by our all institutions and other allies. Read on and register here.


The website with the full program including extravaganzas like the Forum Theatre, highlights of the Hier & Da Festival in Obervinschgau/Mals, the registration and eventually call for short presentations. Any interest in such a call? We are not sure if we should do it. Please let us know.

Kris >< Krois with the team of students and teachers/researchers


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