8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The first Full Circle Debate tackles the gripping controversy on the goodness and effectiveness of the sharing economy for today’s society.
Does the sharing economy represent a truly counter-cultural movement that will help us transition away from a collapsed economic system, or is it just business as usual in disguise?
Accomplished orators make the case for and against the sharing economy. They will address the two sides of the debate, confronting each other on whether the sharing economy represents a crucial step to transitioning towards new sustainable lifestyles, whether it can effectively address present-day socio-economic crises, and on the role that human rights, equity, social justice, sustainability and democracy play in it.
And you, the public, get to vote on the issue. Join our first Full Circle Oxford-style debate.
Controversial issues, compelling speakers, addictive entertainment.
Location: Central Brussels
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Michel Bauwens is a Belgian peer-to-peer theorist, researcher and active writer on the subject of technology, culture and business innovation. Bauwens is a theorist in the emerging field of P2P theory and director and founder of the P2P Foundation, a global organization of researchers working in collaboration in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He has authored a number of essays, including his seminal thesis The Political Economy of Peer Production.
Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Her research focuses on consumption, time use, and environmental sustainability. She is also a member of the MacArthur Foundation Connected Learning Research Network where she is currently researching on the ‘connected economy’ via a series of case studies of sharing platforms and their participants. She is also investigating the relation between working hours, inequality and carbon emissions. Schor is a former Guggenheim Fellow and was Visiting Professor at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University in 2014-15. She is the recipient of the 2011 Herman Daly Award from the US Society for Ecological Economics. In 2006 she received the Leontief Prize from the Global Development and Economics Institute at Tufts University for expanding the frontiers of economic thought. She is the vice chair of the board of the Better Future Project, one of the country’s most successful climate activism organizations. She is a co-founder of the South End Press and the Center for Popular Economics. Schor has lectured widely throughout the United States, Europe and Japan to a variety of civic, business, labor and academic groups.
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