Meeting program

All hours are in Icelandic time which is = GMT time

PROGRAM (7 sept version)

This draft is being updated with contributions of participants, every two days.

Except the saturday 7, all activities would happen in Andrymi Bergþórugata 20, 101, Reykjavik . Saturday 7 will be in Fridarhusid, Njalsgata 87, Reykjavik

Friday 6 september: 15h -19h

15h Introduction and presentations…

17h Contents 1: democratic confederalism. concepts, definitions

What we understand by democratic confederalism

the origen and the meaning of the term. From Bookchin to Ocalan

examples: Rojava

examples: zapatistas

– exemples we can find in western countries?

Discusion of a common bases of what it means in the context of the meeting?

The politics of libertarian municipalism

What is the State ???

saturday 7 september

(this day address is: Fridarhusid, Njalsgata 87 )

10h – 12h Contents 1 (2nd part)

14h – 17h Contents 2 ecology and democratic confederalism

Feedback and current perspectives from Climate struggles..

– climate camps -connection from Venice

– fridays for future

-extinction rebellion

– community forestry movement of Nepal

-Mesopotamiam ecological movement / Save Hasankeyf


iv) what is sustainability? can we continue having this lifestyle forever?

democratic confederalism can make better to integrate degrowth and create sustainability than current political system?

how bottom up democracy in paralel of nation-state can fight climate emergency?

urbanist models and democratic confederalism

Understanding the climate crisis with social ecology – the climate crisis as a problem of hierarchy in society.

Understanding eco-fascism (and the dangers of deep ecology). Defending society against Eco-fascism.

19-21 workshops 1

  • 12 Characters in Search of an Apocalypse. this is an invitation to a participatory conversation about how it feels to live into the significant challenges of these uncertain times (physical workshop) (delayed, we have to decide when to make it)

sunday 8 september

10h – 12h Process 1 *

15.30- 17.30 h Contents 3 how to build processes of democratic confederalism

how we build it in one region where still nothing like that exist?

This would include to think together about a process where we are building a new system/meaning a new arquitecture of agreements/laws in a territory ruled by a nation/state, (include Route of power)

We have to include the use of strategical desobedience, the hack of legal systems to protect our process, etc.

Dual power theories should be included in this discusion,

The politics of libertarian municipalism

Building community where community no longer exists – everything in democratic confederalism extends from the basic layer. Community ties -> Political community -> Assemblies -> Taking local power -> Confederation -> Dual power.

The role of the revolutionary organisation – democratic confederalism fails without it. Which would be the adaptation of this kind of organization in western countries?

Revolutionary practice – thinking about how our means must be the same as our ends.

Avoiding co-optation by the State

The importance of political education How to acheive popular political education? Without it, the movement will fail, as we have been taught by examples in the US.

From 17 to 18 we will count online with Ashish kotari coordinator of Vikalp Sangam and Radical Ecological Democracy in India and promoter of Global tapestry of alternatives

18 – 21 workshops 2 **

  • How to use cooperatives to work without the control of nation state. The case of freedomcoop

monday 9 september

09.30-11.30 Process 2 *

12-14 h Contents 4 equalities and democratic confederalism

– issues of inequality

– gender equality

– rights of minorities

– micropowers dinamics

Means and ends – building liberatory movements (removing discrimination/oppression from our movement)

Understanding fascism

Radical democracy and empowered communities – the first defence against fascism.

18 – 20h workshops 3 **

  • State of political response to the ecological crisis. Highlights from Africa, Uganda in particular.

tuesday 10 september

10 – 12 Process 3 *

14h-16h Contents 5 economy and democratic confederalism

How do you run a democratic confederalist economy?

how digital economy can be integrated in geography based democratic confederalist economy

collective models of economy and private market economy could convive in confederalist economy?

A moral economy from a libertarian municipalism perspective – the importance of building alternative economy, without which the movement will fail; the potentials and dangers of cooperatives; against traditional socialist ideas of the economy.

The false answer of ‘green capitalism’

economic disobedience in the context of dual power building

17 – 19h workshops 4 **

Economic tools for empowering our economies

  • a season on social currencies
  •  Simple straight forward action plan to transform our communities and the world

Wednesday 11 september

10 – 12 Process 4 *

14 – 16h Contents 6 Knowledge, Technologies and democratic confederalism

how to put knowledge in hands of the commons

decentralized technologies, resistance to the State and building the new.

Software needs of democratic confederalism projects

17h – 21 h participation in the Andrymi peoples kitchen event

Thursday 12 september

10 – 12 Process 5 *

14h-16h Contents 7 global issues and democratic confederalism

how to influence global institutions from bottom up democratic systems.

The proposal for a global citizens constitution

how to make diplomacy without borders

development and human rights paradigm.

The need for internationalism.

Is there a need to create a dialogue between philosophical/spiritual/pschological discourses on the notion of wellbeing and justice articulated across time and space; How can eastern ad westen wisdom/indeginous and non indigious wisdom tradisions brught to bear on notions of democratic confederalism!

17 – 19h workshops 5 **

Friday 13 september morning

10-13 Process 6 and conclusions. *

* Process meetings will be run as it was a long assembly distributed in different periods of 2 hours.

We are adding topics to the general discusion and will control the times during the meetings.

Introduction: The short process until this preliminary meeting

what this space is aiming to become,

how should be organized, ( delegation and decision taking methods )

who should be part of it, (can we all agree in the same vision?)

how do we collaborate with other existing, initiatives/processes which share similiar visions?

– whilst avoiding cooptation.

goals and roadmap in one year…

a main event for june/july 2020 ?

– The World Social Forum of Transformative Economies will be happening at the end of June of 2020 so we need to think strategically on whether and how we want to collaborate with them and take this into account when setting the date of the bigger meeting (would be happy to facilitate this discussion).

– perhaps our main event in 2020 could be distributed by continents, making possible to reduce travel impact a and expand the participation to much more people, more bottom up, in coherence with democratic confederalism

** Workshops meetings

A workshop is a small group meeting which could have different reasons:-

– to explain a specific knowledge or experience

– to discuss and develop a proposal to be presented later in plenary

– to discuss a topic with much more detail than in plenary.

– to train in specific habilities.

– …..

A workshop needs one person or collective responsible of it.

In general the workshops will be offline or online, any physical participant or online participant could propose one at least the day before, and invite others to join.

The agenda will be updated daily with the info about the workshops and how to access them.