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Commonpoly!

Commonpoly!

Join Museu da Crise and Good Societies for a round of Commonpoly! Commonpoly is an experimental ruleless game. It was developed to get us thinking about money and the economy, to help build a ‘good society’. In Commonpoly, each participant plays a predefined character that either can generate income or not. Players get the opportunity to introduce and change the rules of the game in General Assemblies. The ultimate goal of the game is to create a situation where all…

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Forging Future Families

Forging Future Families

The workshop On June 10th, we sat down together to co-create the foundations of the family of the future. A tall order for a Sunday afternoon, but an urgent one nonetheless. Speak to anyone and they will have an experience with family, whether the one they grew up in or the home and support network they have built as adults. Families pervade our lives and experiences. Families structure our economic realities and give us emotional support. Families, too, are still…

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24th June – next reading group (or video group…)

24th June – next reading group (or video group…)

Our next reading group will be on Sunday 24th June at 17:30, again at NieuwLand (Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93, Amsterdam). This time we’re using video lectures instead of texts (ok so I guess that means technically it’s not a reading group…). We’ll be discussing talks by Dilar Dirik, who’s an activist in the Kurdish women’s movement and writes on Kurdish freedom struggle. This carries on our thinking about gender, and connects that to questions of how political and economic systems should…

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Workshop, 10th June: Forging Future Families

Workshop, 10th June: Forging Future Families

Join us on 10 June for the Good Societies workshop, Forging Future Families – followed by refreshments! In the workshop Forging Future Families, Elly Dreyfus and Sophie Silverstein will explore a feminist-utopian analysis and reconceptualization of the family. This is loosely based on their bachelor theses in which they respectively considered the multi-directional relationship between capitalism and the heterosexual nuclear family (Sophie), and ways in which the teaching of home economics in US high school curricula was (mis)used to justify…

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Next Good Societies reading group – 27th May

Next Good Societies reading group – 27th May

Join us for the next Good Societies reading group on Sunday the 27th May at 17.30, at NieuwLand (Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93). We decided to carry on the themes that came up in April’s session, of kinship, gender and sexuality, this time in non-fiction, so the text this time is Monique Wittig’s The Straight Mind. Drop us an email if you’d like to join, and we’ll send you the text.

Octavia Butler’s Fledgling

Octavia Butler’s Fledgling

On 29 April we had our first Good Societies reading group. The idea of the reading group is to alternate between fiction and non-fiction texts that all have something to teach us about how a ‘good’ society could work. Non-fiction can help us get acquainted with concrete ideas for alternative social arrangements, while fiction can add colour and granularity to visions of other worlds and help open our imaginations. For our first session we read Octavia Butler’s Fledgling: a vampire…

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The birth of Good Societies

The birth of Good Societies

The Good Societies project launched on the 15th April 2018 with an introductory workshop followed by festivities. The aim was to introduce the concept and aims of the project and to brainstorm with the group where we want it to go. The basic structure of Good Societies consists of a monthly workshop (every second Sunday of the month) and a monthly reading group (every last Sunday of the month). All events are designed to get us thinking about what kinds…

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First gathering 15 April!

First gathering 15 April!

Get the feeling something’s gone wrong with our societies? Let’s figure out how to do it better. Good Societies is a new project that asks: what would a ‘good’ society look like? In regular workshops and a reading group, we tackle questions like: What kind of economic models would a good society have? What kinds of political systems? What would gender look like in a good society? Would we have nation-states? Join us for our launch event on April 15,…

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What is Good Societies?

What is Good Societies?

The Good Societies project offers a space to come together to reflect on what a ‘good’ society might look like. We think that, in an age of economic, political and ecological turmoil, it’s more important than ever to open our imaginations and formulate real alternatives to our current social arrangements. Based in Amsterdam, the project consists of regular workshops and a reading group combining non-fiction and fiction. We tackle questions like: what economic models would a good society have? What…

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