Reverse Economy

In collaboration with Research Group New Economy Avans University of Applied Sciences and Rabo Art Lab.

Time: 19:00-21:00hr

Willem Twee Art Space

Boschdijkstraat 100



The economy is the household of the earth we run together. In recent decades, the economy has become increasingly central to our thinking and acting. As if the economy shapes us instead of the other way around: our values, desires, culture, ecology and politics shaping the economy. How can we reverse this? How can we start with what we need, what the earth and other species need? How can we work towards an economy that does justice to relationships, the earth and everything else we love and value?

Different speakers each share their ideas from their own perspective where to start if we want an economy that serves us instead of shapes us. Researcher Rutendo Ngara unpacks the subject from South African vision and sheds light on an economy rooted in nature, the sacred and ancestorial relationships. Pascale Gatzen, co-initiator of The Linen project, will talk about how the Linen project keeps the economy running. Artist Yazan Khalili will speak about blockchain as a way to collectivize our economy. Afterwards, the speakers will discuss the Reverse Economy with each other, Klaas Burger and Godelieve Spaas. This conversation will be recorded and is the second episode of the podcast series De Tussenruimte live the sequel of De Tussenruimte.

Pascale Gatzen is co-initiator of The Linen Project. The Linen Project investigates and works towards reactivating the economic viability of small-scale local flax cultivation and linen production in the Netherlands. The Linen Project is a dynamic environment for research and production, the learning by doing approach to all stages of flax and linen production unites and highlights the value of our natural, social and cultural resources. The Linen Project seeks to reinstate the economy as a social, ecological and cultural domain, calling new ecosystems into effect by doing so. The Linen Project is committed to identifying, evolving and strengthening socio-economic patterns and behaviours that are rooted in a commoning approach. The project’s activities facilitate interactions based on participation, reciprocity and mutuality, working towards a community-supported local linen economy.

Rutendo Ngara
is an Indigenous Knowledge Systems (ZAF) researcher and practitioner. She is a transdisciplinary researcher, who has traversed clinical engineering, healthcare technology management, socio-economic development, mathematics, leadership and fashion design, to the interface between science, culture, cosmology and paradigms of healing. She has a passion for weaving art, science and spirituality towards healing of the ‘Collective’ and restoration of the ‘Whole’.

Yazan Khalili
is an architect, visual artist, and cultural producer, a member of The Question of Funding collective, and Radio Alhara. He is a PhD candidate at the School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA), UvA. Dayra is a medium that uses blockchain technology for circulating communal economic value, by helping the community to measure, and exchange the value of their local resources in the absence of money. It is part of The Question of Funding, a growing collective of cultural producers and community organisers from Palestine. By producing, documenting, accumulating, and disseminating resources, experience, and knowledge with their wider community, it aims to rethink the economy of funding and how it affects cultural production both in Palestine and the world.


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