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Published: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 00:00:02 -0400

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Towards Objects of New Communism: Google, Facebook and other contradictions of emancipation in capitalism

Sat, 14 Aug 2010 14:00:00 -0400

A talk by Toni Prug.

How do our relationships with objects shape the relations we have with each other? Can we reconcile our desire for a fairer, egalitarian world with our love of commodities? Do the spaces of production and exchange created by the objects of new technologies alter this? In this discussion workshop, Toni Prug addresses these questions as he explores the tensions between commons (objects as collective resources) and commodities (objects for commercial exchange). Taking a scene from Sex in The City II, social networking sites, and the fate of our welfare services as starting points, the discussion asks can we envisage a new model under which the production and exchange of objects can create more emancipatory relations?

Toni Prug is a writer based in London:

Towards Open-Process Society: Govanhill Baths and Social Economy

Sun, 15 Aug 2010 13:00:00 -0400

An open discussion with Toni Prug and members of the Govanhill Baths campaign.

This discussion workshop presents ideas of Open-Process proposing a different model for how institutions and social relations can be constructed and managed in more transparent and participatory forms. Toni Prug draws upon experiences from the Zagreb University protests of 2009, where these ideas were put into practice in a way that realised a new and empowering relationship between educational institutions and wider society. Using the campaign to save Govanhill Baths from its origins in a passionate community protest to negotiating a sustainable future, and involving input from members of the current campaign, the discussion will examine how such models can be applied to local community organisation.

Toni Prug: