Across Scotland there are numerous projects that implement alternative economies either by sharing resources or empowering people to create. Moving away from a monetary-based value system, these alternative models generate value through the distribution of skills and the sharing of resources.
Creative and craft-based practices are often at the heart of these projects, producing the idea of an economy based on making. These projects champion peer-to-peer educational structures, the sharing of resources and sustainable community development by empowering people to connect, share and make together. Other projects challenge the economy by creating disruptive alternatives, commonly in the form of local currencies or co-operative ownership structures.
In this series of talks we heard from both strands of projects that either represent a craft-based ‘making’ economy or that endeavour to make their own, through community ownership, collaboration and equality.
Presentations were delivered by:
Abigale Neate Wilson – Taktal
Chris Hellawell – The Edinburgh Tool Library
Brian Morgan – Jangling Space
Robert Patience – Studio MOGER
2nd Hand Scenery
Victoria Leiper – The Bike Station
Eleanor Campbell – WEvolution
Katie Jo Anderson – The Stove Network
Ailie Rutherford – The People’s Bank of Govanhill
Sarah Diver-Lang – Go Get Gorbals, icecream Architecture
Emma Erwin – Transition Stirling
For anyone that didn’t make it and would like to hear more, videos from the night are available here!