‘Common Alternatives’ consists of networks of academics, activists, academic-activists, intellectuals, think tanks, initiatives, and organizations, policy advocates, and university students that through a number of shared projects explore/develop/examine new social concepts, ideologies, practices, policies, programs, experiences and case studies. The projects particularly aim to construct more profound understandings of the root causes of the global crises and to promote game-changing responses, workable solutions, and feasible alternative systems/models/projects, as well as strategic actions necessary to realize those alternatives.
- We aim to bring together leading inter/national activists, scholars, policy advocates, and research institutes from a broad range of disciplines and ideological backgrounds into a close conversation around multiple alternative modes of livelihood and sociability that function beyond the mainstream free-market structure. We hope this will promote cross-fertilization and thereby collaboration among these agents of progressive change.
- Our mission is to help the public, academic and policy circles, and social movements liberate their understandings of self, nature, history, and society from the requisites of Eurocentric, Capital-driven systems of (knowledge) production.
- We aim to question the mainstream conceptions of major social issues and myths that have become widely accepted even among the critics of the establishment. We hope that this would pave the way for the re/invention of alternative concepts that equip our discourses of change.
- Our projects lay the comparative foundations for assessing alternatives to capitalism, and for analyzing ‘post-neoliberal futures’. They offer first integrative analyses of post-neoliberal, post-capital, and post-carbon modes of livelihood, focusing on new variants of pluralist Commonwealth, Community Economy, Post-Keynesian reforms, Circular Economy, Post-Patriarchal Southern Experiences, Eco-feminism, Economic Democracy, and Eco-Commonism, etc. We aim to produce publicly engaged and timely policy insights into the effectiveness of these initiatives and their capacity to address global crises and to rival right-wing populism.