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Beyond Money Events with Thomas Greco

BEYOND MONEY EVENTS WITH THOMAS GRECO 28.08-29.08

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CONNECT will host two events with economist Thomas Greco in August.

Friday August 28th 19:00 – 21:00
Talk: The Liberation of Money and Credit
Where: CONNECT (Formerly CTVR) Dunlop Oriel House, 34 Westland Row, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2 http://bit.ly/1IYUB3B
Admission: Free but booking essential at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-money-events-with-thomas-greco-tickets-18131016358

On the evening of Friday August 28th, Thomas Greco will give a presentation on The Liberation of Money and Credit, outlining the fundamental importance of reclaiming the credit commons and showing how communities and businesses can reduce their dependence on bank borrowing and conventional, political forms of money. After the talk Thomas will join a panel with Michel Bauwens and Kevin Flanagan of the P2P Foundation, Dr Rachel O’Dwyer of Trinity College Dublin and Graham Barnes of Feasta for a Q&A session.

The event is sponsored and hosted by CONNECT (formerly CTVR – http://www.ctvr.ie/), at their Dublin city centre venue and supported by Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability (http://www.feasta.org) and P2P Foundation Ireland.
Saturday August 29th 10:00 – 16:00
Workshop: The Exchange Revolution: Taking Complementary Currencies and Moneyless Trading to a New Level
Where: CONNECT (Formerly CTVR) Dunlop Oriel House, 34 Westland Row, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2 http://bit.ly/1IYUB3B
Admission: Free but booking essential at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-money-events-with-thomas-greco-tickets-18131016358

On Saturday, Thomas will run a workshop for currency activists, practitioners, researchers, and social entrepreneurs on The Exchange Revolution: Taking complementary currencies and moneyless trading to a new level, also at the CONNECT venue in Dublin. Anyone with a specific interest in developing and extending the impact of community currencies, mutual credit, and other complementary exchange mechanisms is invited to attend.

The event is sponsored and hosted by CONNECT (formerly CTVR – http://www.ctvr.ie/), at their Dublin city centre venue and supported by Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability (http://www.feasta.org) and P2P Foundation Ireland.
Thomas H. Greco, Jr. is a preeminent scholar, author, educator, and community economist, who for more than 30 years has been working at the leading edge of transformational restructuring. He is widely regarded as a leading authority on moneyless exchange systems, community currencies, financial innovation, and community economic development, and is a sought after speaker internationally. He has traveled widely in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas, lecturing, teaching, and advising. He has been a speaker at numerous conferences and has led many workshops and colloquia in 14 countries.
He is the author of numerous books and articles including The End of Money and the Future of Civilization (Chelsea Green, 2009), Money: Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender (Chelsea Green, 2001), New Money for Healthy Communities (1994), and Money and Debt: A Solution to the Global Crisis (1990). A former college professor, he is currently Director of the non-profit Community Information Resource Center, a networking hub that provides information access and administrative support for efforts in community resilience, social justice, and sustainability.

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African Robots with Ralph Borland and Professor Linda Doyle

Thursday, August 20, 2015 – 18:00 to 19:15
Paccar Theatre, Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin https://dublin.sciencegallery.com/find_us
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Professor Linda Doyle Hosts event with artist and researcher Ralph Borland.

African Robots is a project by South African artist and researcher Ralph Borland to create interactive electronic street art. ‘Street art’ in this instance means art sold by people on the street, in South Africa and Zimbabwe – usually forms of handicraft using inexpensive materials like fencing and electrical wire, beads and waste wood, plastic and metal. The project focuses particularly on wire work, where artists make three dimensional forms from wire, using a cheap material to create complex results. Basic electronic components can with the necessary know-how also be used as cheap material for creating interactive sculptures.

African Robots is a project that functions at many levels: as a social development project, sharing skills with street artists; as an art project, leading to new works; as a critical design study that imagines alternative futures through fictional artefacts; and as an exercise in friendship and skill-sharing to catalyse innovation. The project will be on exhibition at MachinesRoom, a British Council Maker Library space in London, from 13 August – 3 September 2015.

For this presentation, Ralph Borland will tell the story of the project so far, from buying cheap Chinese electronic toys in urban markets in Sao Paulo and hacking them into wire work toys for the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, to designing custom electronics to activate the ideas of wire work artists on the streets of Cape Town. He’ll describe the ideas informing the project, which seeks to recover basic principles of mechanics and computing: from identifying topological ethnomathematics in the approach wire workers take to creating forms, to looking at the history of automotons – taking in figures such as Al Jazari, the 12th century Islamic inventor whose work is thought to have influenced Leonardo da Vinci.

This event will be hosted by Professor Linda Doyle, Director of CONNECT / CTVR and Professor of Engineering and the Arts at Trinity College.

Ralph Borland is an artist, designer and curator, and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. His current research project is ‘Global Arenas’, an investigation of Southern contributions to global knowledge. He has curated exhibitions including SURFACE TENSION: THE FUTURE OF WATER at Science Gallery Dublin in 2011 and is working on ‘DIY – an exhibition of South African art, design and ingenuity’. He is part-owner of a cooperative brewery and bar in Cape Town.

African Robots is supported by the SA-UK Seasons programme, a partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa, and the British Council. Additional support by Pro Helvetia’s Southern African Ant Funding programme and in Ireland through the generous support of CONNECT.

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