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Welcome to Planet Abundance

We are excitied to be working with Teresa Feldmann to develop Planet Abundance, a feminist economic vision of a post-work society. Through a series of workshops we are inviting people to collectively imagine an alternative world in which the current power elites have left planet earth.

The first workshop will take place at Documenta 15 in Kassel this June

drawing of the Lumbung space at Documenta 15, Kassel. tree trunk seating around large leaf print

For more information on our work at Documenta 15 with Más Arte Más Acción and COCO Collective visit https://www.masartemasaccion.org/lumbung_documenta/comunicado-mas-arte-mas-accion-en-la-documenta-fifteen

Feminist Economics Football goes to Sheffield

3 people wering hexagonal football strips
In collaboration with Site Gallery and Sheffield DocFest we are excited to announce that Feminist Economics Football: A Cooperative Game for Sheffield is being commissioned for this years Alternate Realities commission for Sheffield Documentary Film Festival. The work will be ‘played’ and filmed at the 29th edition of the festival taking place 23 – 28 June and will generate a new screen-based artwork to be installed at Site Gallery during the Women’s Euros 2022.
We invite Sheffield audiences to come and watch the game unfold on 23 June 2022. The Feminist Economics Football: A Cooperative Game for Sheffield film will premiere after the festival at Site Gallery.

 
About
Feminist Economics Football: A Cooperative Game for Sheffield was created by Ailie Rutherford, Sapna Agarwal and Mandy Roberts for the Feminist Exchange Network.
The concept of Three-Sided Football was conceived by situationists in 1962 who imagined a game played by three teams on a hexagonal pitch where some sort of fluid collaboration was essential and where co-operation was more important than competition.
“Our feminist response, a participatory artwork, was devised and created quickly and spontaneously in response to shifts in social and collaborative arts practice through the covid pandemic as the ways we had worked together began to feel impossible. Throughout the pandemic we quickly saw profit making ventures and competitive sport prioritised as essential activity. Games of football, particularly in the wake of the European cup in Glasgow (still largely a male dominated activity) had been given primacy. We began to think about how we might reorganise our work in the form of a football match, and the idea for Feminist Economic Football: A Cooperative Game was born.
“The hexagonal pitch was marked out and three teams recruited but the rules collectively re-written. The cooperative match played between three teams: Degrowth, Decolonisation and Climate Action, was a playful way of looking at how a truly feminist approach to economics can’t function without all of these aspects intersecting. Played as a game of three thirds, each goal was described as a gift. If a team, or players from two teams, brought a goal to the third team’s net, they were offering something from their principles that they thought that team would benefit from. Coaches for each team then took on the role of commentator, to bring theoretic insight into the goals and motivation for scoring them.
“For Alternate Realities, Feminist Economic Football presents the adjacent possibility of a world founded on cooperation, where we work together to create a socially and environmentally just society founded on the core principles of feminist economics: a process centred on the love of people not profit. The teams have been revised for Sheffield DocFest this time as Decolonisation, Ecofeminism and The Caring Economy.  
“Diverse communities and local football clubs are being invited to take part and we hope to bring together women* and non-binary people from across Sheffield. The training session for the players and the match itself will be documented by a filmmaker to be shown in Sheffield’s Site Gallery after the festival and Sheffield”.

More info at https://sheffdocfest.com/news/feminist-economics-football

Mobile library in Queens Park

On Saturday we took the FEN mobile library out to Queen’s Park to give Southside residents and passers-by the opportunity to engage with our work on a more informal basis. Audiences had the opportunity to browse the library, to ask questions about our work and to participate in short storytelling sessions

FEN library out and about for International Womens Day

International Women’s Day Workshop with Dr Thelma Okey-Adibe

We are excited to be working with one of our associate members, Dr Thelma Okey-Adibe to lead a session for International Women’s Day this year

Dr Okey-Adibe will invite women to explore some of the books in our library, such as Swasti Mitter’s Common Fate Common Bond: Women in the Global Economy. She will use her Ketso mat, a visual tool to encourage group dialogue and develop creative solutions together.

The first of these workshops will be taking place at Larkfield Centre on Wednesday 9th March as part of Govanhill Baths IWD week of events Info and booking here

For more information on Dr Thelma Okey-Adibe’s work visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-thelma-okey-adibe-ph-d-19208b88

If you would like the FEN library to visit your group this Spring please get in touch at events@swapmarket.info

About the FEN Library

Our growing collection of books began at Swap Market, a non-monetary exchange space we ran in Govanhill, Glasgow from 2018-2020. We began collecting books that looked at different types of economy, community networks and alternatives to the capitalist system. As the project grew and expanded our reference book collection has grown to include books on decolonisation, climate justice and environmental activism.

Mobile Library for Feminist Exchanges

image of woman reading a book from our modular library, towed by bicycle

We are getting our mobile library ready to take to the streets in Spring

This growing collection of books began at Swap Market, a non-monetary exchange space we ran in Govanhill, Glasgow from 2018-2020. We began collecting books that looked at different types of economy, community networks and alternatives to the capitalist system. As the project grew and expanded our reference book collection has grown to include books on decolonisation, climate justice and environmental activism.

If you would like to donate a book to our collection, or if you know of a book you think we should have, please get in touch.

Here’s a list of the books we currently have in our library:

Common Fate Common Bond, The Care We Dream Of, The Production of Money, Letters to The Earth, The Economics of Arrival, Gender and The Digital Economy, This is not a Drill, Take Back the Economy, Emergent Strategy, Care Work, Matters of Care, Feminist International, Moneylab Reader, Pleasure Activism, State Machines, Glitch Feminism, Indigenomics, Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons, The Dispossessed, A Feminist Reading of Debt, Counting on Marilyn Waring: New Advances in Feminist Economics, Gender and Green Governance: The Political Economy of Women, Presence Within and Beyond Community Forestry, Data Feminism, Mother of Invention, Labours of Love, Doughnut Economics, The Care Collective Care Manifesto, Steal this book, The Auntie Sewing Squad guide to mask making, radical care, and racial justice, Critically Sovereign, The Shaman’s Toolkit, Climate Justice, The Lesbian Avenger Handbook, Data Justice and COVID-19:Global Perspectives, Assuming the Ecosexual Position: The Earth as Lover, Abolition. Feminism, Feminism is for Everybody, Crip Kinship: The Disability Art and Activism of Sins Invalid, Our Work is Everywhere: voices of queer and trans resistance

Books for younger readers:
Sanji and the Baker, Beatrices Goat, Mama Miti, One Plastic Bag, The Problem of the Hot World, The Lorax, The Table Where Rich People Sit, Our House is On Fire

Feminism, Economics and Climate Justice at CCA Glasgow

Our installation and events space is now open at CCA Glasgow. From 2nd – 6th November our Feminist Exchanges for Climate Justice aim to connect feminism and economics with climate activism through workshops, performance and film. Featuring work by Rumpus Room young activists, Colombian Student Eco Feminist Collective MAUA, performance by Saoirse Amira Anis, short films from Feminist Exchange Network, Cassie Thronton and Colombian arts organisation Más Arte Más Acción

In the gallery artist Hannah Brackston and Cat Hotchkiss have desgned a bike-drawn mobile library to house the Feminist Exchange Network’s reference collection, creating a space in the gallery to read, reflect and relax away from the bustle of COP26.

Throughout the week Leaves for Life, a growing forest of giant painted leaves will be added to the gallery. Created by groups from across Scotland in collaboration with artists Zoe Walker, Neil Bromich (Walker and Bromwich) and Ailie Rutherford to draw attention to the urgent need to protect our forests and take action against deforestation, part of the Possible Dialogues project

Feminist Exchanges for Climate Justice

Our week of events at CCA Glasgow connects feminism and economics with climate activism through workshops, performance and film. Featuring practical workshops with activist Elaine Gallagher, discussion and artwork from Rumpus Room young activists and Colombian Student Eco Feminist Collective MAUA. Short films from Glasgow’s Feminist Exchange Network and Colombian arts organisation Más Arte Más Acción

For more info and booking:

www.cca-glasgow.com/programme/feminist-exchanges-for-climate-justice

Poster image designed by Shreya Agarwal with the Earcth on a green background and a hand holding a megaphone

A Game of 3 Thirds

Photos from our Feminist Economics Football Match yesterday

The cooperative game was played between 3 teams: Degrowth, Decolonisation and Climate Action all aiming to form allegiances rather than beat the other teams. The teams agreed collectively on the rules of the game after discussing the intersection of their causes and struggles. Players deciding to get rid of their goalies after the first third and introduce a second ball in the final third of the match.