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 Dialogue on Alternatives in the Time of Global Crises

A webinar series organized by the Global Tapestry of Alternatives


This series aims to facilitate sessions with activists, scholars, researchers, mobilisers, practitioners across the world who have engaged on exploring systemic alternatives to the dominant regimes, contesting its roots in capitalist, patriarchal, racist, statist, and anthropocentric forces. The conversations aim to collectively explore with a range of initiatives a possibility of a just, life-centred and respectful transition into the future. Importantly to explore not only what can be done, but also the tough question of how, and by whom? And where possible, to make the discussion relevant to the current crisis.

The Global Tapestry of Alternatives has been established to support and facilitate the sharing of learning and experiences in the development and practice of radical alternatives. As a global initiative, we see a webinar series as one means of connecting people across time and space.



Dialogue 1: Covid-19 – a potential opening for Just Transitions?

with Patrick Bond (South Africa) and Rehad Desai (South Africa) as Presenters and Ashish Kothari (India) as Moderato

First, in a series exploring the opportunities of promoting and creating systemic alternatives, this dialogue explores the responses emerging from labour movements, workers, social movements and popular organisations in South Africa. How can campaigns like One Million Climate Jobs and People’s Coalition provide pathways out of multiple crises, both in the present and the future?


Nayakrishi Andolon, “the New Agriculture Movement”, is an agricultural movement in Bangladesh that opposes the use of Western pesticides and genetically altered seeds. It farming practice is based on ten principles adopted by farmers themselves that includes no use of pesticides, preservation of local variety seeds, conservation of plant, bird and animal genetic resources. Over 300,000 farming families in 19 districts are involved in. The farmers in the movement don't use any external inputs and therefore not depend on the market for seed, fertilizer and pesticides, etc., they are free from indebtedness. In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, this is an advantage they obviously enjoy over the conventional 'modern' farmers. By promoting a simple crop mix called “economic, ecologic and subsistence mix”, they are less vulnerable to economical struggles compared to farmers cultivating for the market, or trapped into monoculture.