Book Future is public is released
Conference report: 7 steps to build a democratic economy
Download the Future is Public Conference Report here.
Videos from social movements and campaigns
- Lagos – Not water privatisation, for democratisation by Environmental Rights Action (ERA), Nigeria
- Barcelona (two videos) 1. For democratic public water, 2. water remunicipalisation fight in Barcelona by Engineering Without Borders
- Jakarta – Worker and citizen alliances in the fight for remunicipalisation by Amrta Institute
- Public Community Partnerships of the Americas (PAPC)
Laura Flanders Show ‘The Future Is Public: Special Report from Amsterdam – Full episode (26 min)
Laura Flanders Show ‘The Future Is Public: Special Report from Amsterdam – Promotion video clip (1 min)
Keynote Speech by David Harvey – Importance of municipal socialism to reclaim cities
Panel 1 on 4th December : Democracy and our climate in crisis: New municipalism as the response
Panel 2 on 4th December: National and supranational policies enabling democratisation of local economies
Panel 3 on 5th December: Remunicipalisation today – achievements and challenges
WHY WE GET TOGETHER
We are living in a crucial moment. Cities are on the front lines of today’s most urgent challenges, including fighting climate change and rising inequality, as well as the need to support refugees and provide universal access to public services that are human rights including housing, drinking water and sanitation services, energy, health care and education. These global problems call for public solutions.
A growing network of progressive, green municipalities is developing strategies to tackle these and many other critical issues. Cities are well positioned to explore direct democracy, and advance innovative economic models that build community wealth and create decent jobs. At the same time, we need a national level of coordination and ambition to reverse market fundamentalism, which is the root cause of our collective economic and social crises. Profit-driven, market-based policies led to the privatisation of our public services and to the denigration of solidarity and public service.
The organisers of this conference share a sense of urgency. Far-right political movements seek to capitalize on people’s insecurity and anger, and are using racism and xenophobia to further divide societies. It is critical that progressive forces offer solidarity and concrete solutions – decent jobs, public services for all, and vibrant local economies. We must provide viable public alternatives that meaningfully engage and support communities, instead of fostering fear and insecurity. Future is Public: Democratic Ownership of the Economy will provide a unique opportunity to connect actors on the local and national levels and exchange strategies for economic democracy globally. Our public future lies in the hands of communities – not corporations.
London Borough of Islington Councillor
Rutger Groot Wassink
Alderman for Social Affairs, Diversity and Democratisation of Amsterdam
chairperson of the Executive Board of Amsterdam Zuidoost, a borough of Amsterdam
Special Representative of the City of Vienna
City Councillor, Grenoble
Engineering without Borders, Catalonia
Councillor of Climate Emergency and the Ecological Transition of the Barcelona City Council
Mayor, London Borough of Hackney
Fellow at Type Media Center
Public Services International
Korean Public Service and Transport Workers Union
Environmental Rights Action, Nigeria
Eau de Paris
The Democracy Collaborative
Rodrigo Hurtado Osbar
Executive director of the Open University of Recoleta
Maynooth University, Ireland
Mary Ann Manahan
New Economics Foundation
We Own It
MEP (Greens / EFA Group)
SOAS University of London
University of Glasgow
Ana Méndez de Andés
Deputy mayor, Leuven
Deputy Mayor of Mouans-Sartoux
Abeer M. Butmeh
PENGON, Friends of the Earth Palestine
Foro del Agua, El Salvador
Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Red Pepper / Transnational Institute
Aqua Publica Europea
Jan Willem Goudriaan
General Secretary of EPSU
Alexander Panez Pinto
Movement for defence of water, land and environment, Chile
City Councillor, Preston, UK
Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA)
Director NGO Ciudad Común
Visiting Professor in the Business School, University of Greenwich, London
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)
Unni Bjerregaard Moe
Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (Fagforbundet)
The Danish Union of Public Employees (FOA)
Public Services International Research Unit
Engineering without Borders, Catalonia
Senior Researcher of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
GMB – Britain’s General Union
Sheffield Urban Institute
Municipal Services Project
IN COLLABORATION WITH
Collaboration with Asia Europe People’s Forum (with financial support from EC DEVCO), Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED), Vigência! (Brazil), Eurodad (Europe), Platform for Public Community Partnerships in the Americas (PAPC), M-Power project (Municipal Power), Corporate Europe Observatory, Food and Water Watch (USA), Transform!Denmark, Platform for the Remunicipalisation of Public Services in Madrid, ITF (International Transport Workers Federation), ODG (Observatori del deute en la globalització, Spain), Universidad Abierta de Recoleta (Chile), openDemocracy (media partner), The Laura Flanders Show (media partner).
Hart voor de K Buurt
Hart voor de K Buurt is located next to the Kraaiennest metro station (20 minutes ride on metro Line 53 from Amsterdam Central Railway Station) in Amsterdam’s South-East borough, the Bijlmermeer.
Main venue (for plenaries and registration) is the Ghanese Church (address: Kempering 58 Amsterdam, Zuid Oost 1104 KG).
Workshops are at the Mosque Taibah (address: Kraaiennest 125)
Two venues are close to each other and within a few minutes’ walking distance.
The Bijlmermeer neighbourhood is home to almost 50,000 people of over 150 nationalities.
NO CONFERENCE FEE
The Future is Public International Conference will serve lunch and dinner (vegetarian buffet) on 4th and 5th at the venue.
One meal voucher (7.5 Euros) can be purchased at the venue
Simultaneous translation in French and Spanish will be available during the international conference.
La traduction simultanée en français et en espagnol sera disponible pendant la conférence internationale.
La traducción simultánea en francés y español estará disponible durante la conferencia internacional.