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Festival: Imagining Post-Capitalism May 1-6, 2018

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May 1-6

Festival: Imagining Post-Capitalism

Bookended by the UBI talk on April 25 and the Platform Cooperatives Talk on May 9, this six-day festival is a collaboration with the ProArts Gallery in downtown Oakland off Frank Ogawa Plaza, and supported by media partners Upstream podcasts and Shareable.net. Rejecting Frederic Jameson's admonition that it's easier to imagine the end of the world than it is to imagine the end of capitalism, we put together this mini-festival. All are invited to participate in the conversations and gatherings to push each other to think concretely and imaginatively about what is coming. Capitalism is on its last legs as a world-system, but what will follow? Perhaps a dark authoritarian world dominated by police and military that claims to be capitalist but is really a despotic simulacra? Or a newly liberated grassroots democracy, reinventing urban life on an ecological basis, a society that values everyone's contribution without coercing anyone, a world in which a good life is guaranteed to all. Or something else altogether? What do you think?

On Wednesday May 2, Thursday May 3, and Friday May 4, from 12-1 pm we will host a Brownbag Lunch discussion (outdoors at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland CA), FREE and Open to All. The Brown Bag Lunch Series aims to engage passersby and workers on their lunch break in impromptu conversation on a specific topic. The series will encourage engagement through an open format discussion, facilitated by the Imagining Post-Capitalism organizers and guest artists, who will help mediate thoughts and ideas proposing a different future for us all.

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