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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

Alternative Economies: Precarious Labour and Cooperativism

Dario Azzellini and Theodoros Karyotis at Athens Biennale 2015-2017

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January 8, 2016
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Dario Azzellini is an assistant professor for sociology at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.
He published several books, essays and documentaries. His latest books are An Alternative Labour History: Worker Control and Workplace Democracy (Zed Books 2015) and together with Marina Sitrin They Can’t Represent Us. Reinventing Democracy From Greece to Occupy (Verso 2014). He collaborated with Oliver Ressler on various films and they are now producing Occupy, Resist, Produce, a documentary series on factories under workers control in Europe.  Azzellini’s art projects focus on socio-political themes and have been exhibited in galleries, museums and biennales around the world.

Theodoros Karyotis is an independent researcher, translator and social activist. He was trained in sociology and social anthropology and he is active in grassroots movements related to direct democracy, solidarity economy and defence and self-management of the commons. He has translated many relevant books and articles, and he is a regular op-ed contributor to in English and in Spanish. He is the coordinator of, a multilingual resource on workers' self-management, and sits on the advisory council of the Transnational Institute of Social Ecology.


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Synapse 1 is the first of a series of OMONOIA events or ‘synapses’ running over the next two years. The aim of Synapse 1 is to consider the common ground between groups of scholars, activists, self-managed organisations, cultural producers and other civic subjects involved in urban practices of commoning, solidarity, urban welfare and participatory democracy. Synapse 1 asks participants to imagine how these urban experiments developed in times of crisis may become permanent and sustainable alternatives to the dominant economic and political model. Synapse 1 also asks to imagine the grassroot economic and political practices developed in Greece and Europe’s South as new common ground for an alternative European project.Video Production: Dimitris DiakoumopoulosGraphics: Studio Christos LialiosVideo Editing: Georgia Nikologianni#AB5to6 Documentation & Communication Teams

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