DoD20-Beyond-Crises POSTPONED

POSTPONED: By Design or by Disaster: Beyond Crises, 1–4 Oct 2020

It’s a pain. After a summer of preparing, we have to give up for now. Under the just recently decided Covid19-policy of the University, it is practically impossible to do the conference as planned. But this is not the end. We will do the great “festival difuso” as soon as possible, probably in spring 2021. In the meanwhile, we consider doing a convivial online conference in autumn/winter and a series of small workshop on diverse location(s). More concrete calls and announcements coming soon. Suggestions welcome. See below how to join or stay tuned.

This has been planned (and will become reality later (:

The really real annual conference By Design or by Disaster will take place 1–4 October 2020 on various locations in and around Bolzano and in the Upper Valley of Vinschgau (Mals and surroundings). In this “festival diffuso” parallel workshops, walks and talks are spread across the region. While during the day everything happens at the open air in small groups, in the evening we all gather in a short video conference to share outcomes of the workshops and to enjoy talks and presentations. Among the requested speakers and workshop facilitators are Amy Franceschini (Future Framers), Alastair Fuad-Luke, SolidariTree, Lungomare, OfficineVispa, Bolzanißm, Diverse Economies Resource Fund (DERF; Martina Dandolo, Bianca Elzenbaumer, Flora Mammana et al.), saja, Silke Helfrich (Commons Institute; recent article: How the coronavirus is forcing us to think beyond market and state) and several students/alumni of the MA Eco-Social Design tackling agrifood futures and promising present practices–structures in their thesis projects (Marla Nichele & Angelica Cianflone, Camilla Carioli, Lisa Zellner & Federico).

Parallel workshops, walks and talks could also be done in other locations around the globe, and join the evening online sessions, too. If you are interested organising parallel local event wherever you are, please send your proposal until 7 Sept 2020 to Act local, interconnect globally! You are also invited to suggest workshops in the area of Bolzano or Obervinschgau, and inputs for the larger online sessions.*

The focus is Beyond Crises. Which are the positive visions, strategies, structures and practices that facilitate the urgently needed social-ecological transformations? How can the current situation be used to create alliances and momentum for the transformation(s)?

The conference will be an occasion the build upon what has been done in recent years and catalysed in the Beyond Crisis online conference, 17-18 April 2020 [outcomes], in the session of the Students & Alumni-Network for Transformers [outcomes], in the many collaborations with local and international partners of the MA Eco-Social Design and other parts of the Transformation Engaged Actors Network.

Join …

the network by subscribing to the shared mattermost team by following this invitation link (it’s like slack, but open source & privacy-friendly). If you install the app (recommended the second step), please enter this server address: In mattermost the default channel for all is the “Town Square”, additionally you can subscribe to the “Blog” and to the channels of each group such as the very active Diverse Ecomonomies Resource Fund (DER) organised by Bianca Elzenbaumer, Martina Dandolo & Flora Mammana.

Stay tuned …

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* Please note: We will keep the online part short (max. 2h per day). Therefore, we do not foresee online workshops, but rather use the online time for sharing of workshop outcomes and presentations/talks. While workshops will take place in/around Bolzano, in Obervinschgau and the rest of the world – at the open air with small groups (10-30). Please send suggestions for workshops to