Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems
AEMS 2019 takes place from July 24 to August 9
The Summer School Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems (Vienna, 5 ECTS, completely in English) is open to students and professionals of all fields and offers alternatives to the processes that are putting strains on our economic and eco-social boundaries. In addition to classic and new concepts from the field of economics, students will also hear presentations from natural and social sciences and discuss the actual leeway for economic and monetary reform.
AEMS is an academic Summer School that offers a new approach: An evaluation of economic alternatives that considers natural boundaries and the human factor to be equal parts of the equation. Our goal: To help solve some of societies’ problems by presenting viable alternatives to processes and developments that are putting enormous strains on economic, ecologic and social boundaries.
What we're facing
The global population development has shown a sharp boost during the last century, growing from around 1 billion in 1800 to 2 billion in 1927 and reaching 7 billion in 2011, with an increasing number living in urban areas. The strongest growth occurs in Asia and Africa, amplifying the already existing demands for higher consumption due to rising living standards. In Europe, the development has been that of a stagnating, but ageing demographic, which influences the labor force and leads to changing patterns in consumption of goods and services and changing demands regarding infrastructure as well as health and social services. Globally, rising water and energy consumption are the most prominent problems (3.5 million people die each year due to the lack of drinking water, let alone the problems posed by water demands for food and energy production), but there is also an increased loss of agricultural land, with 30-50% of land surface already having been transformed by humans, and the current problem of land and water grabbing in developing countries. A re-invention of the concept of allocative efficiency and criticism of the practice of externalization, especially with regard to public goods, is at the center of a number of proposals for economic reform.
The last decades also brought about an intensification of cross-border business activities. The subsequent worldwide competition for investment influences labor standards and increases instabilities in the labor market; this concerns wages and working time as well as job security itself. The 500 biggest enterprises now control 52% of the global GDP, but employ only 1,8% of the global workforce. Income and wealth inequalities have been growing in nearly all OECD countries during the last four years.
Historic evidence shows that inequality fuels economic instability and creates imbalances in political influence and control, giving players with economic power inflated bargaining strength – and lowering intergenerational mobility. Occupational psychology increasingly focuses on work-related diseases, caused by strain and stress, fatigue and monotony. A number of reform proposals focus on social aspects that are influenced by the economy and seek a re-valorization of aspects such as human dignity, social justice, solidarity and cooperation, co-determination, transparency and ecological sustainability.
What AEMS is ...
AEMS offers room for critical thinking and the possibility to openly discuss and deconstruct ideas and concepts with distinguished experts from various scientific fields. The participants will be able to move beyond the widespread limitation of higher education that lacks extensive exchange between scientific disciplines.
The lectures, workshops and discussion panels cover a variety of topics, from the reform or re-definition of money, an overhaul of the aim of economic activity towards more solidarity and cooperation, the perks of tax reform, reformatory ideas for the financial markets, all the way to changes in consumer culture and the reduction of resource consumption. In addition, participants will have the possibility to experience the effects of energy-efficient architecture first-hand by living in one of Austria's most modern dormitories.
How to apply
The applications process will start in December. Soon we will get back to you with a specific date. For now follow us on Facebook or Twitter!
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