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Creating Futures Beyond Capital and Carbon

Post-Capitalist Visions of Quality of Life, with Noam Chomsky, Ariel Salleh and Gar Alperovitz

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FRIDAY 10 Sept, 9.30 am AEST
Please join us on 10 September for a special workshop on Re-imagining ‘quality of life’ post-COVID
Free event but registration is required at
: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/re-imagining-quality-of-life-and-social-wellbeing-tickets-164821971955

Join The University of Newcastle’s Alternative Futures Research Network (UoN-AFRN) and New Economy Network Australia (NENA) for a monthly workshop series, which invites leading scholars, intellectuals, and activists from all over the world to discuss, challenge and re-define ‘quality of life’ and ‘social wellbeing’.

The 4th webinar, in September 2021, hosts the three world-renowned progressive thinkers, Professor Noam Chomsky, Professor Gar Alperovitz, and Associate Professor Ariel Salleh to share their post-capitalist views on Quality of Life.

The webinar is also presented as part of UoN’s contribution to Australia’s Social Sciences Week (2021).


  • Prof. Noam Chomsky – “Imagining the Future – if there is one!”
  • A./Prof. Ariel Salleh – “Some Ecological Feminist Thoughts on Wellbeing”
  • Prof. Gar Alperovitz – “Democratizing the Economy: Practical Advances and Long Term Strategy”

**Scroll down to see speaker bios**

CHAIRED BY: Dr Michelle Maloney and Dr S A Hamed Hosseini


This webinar series is part of the UoN research project: “Reimagining Quality of Life Post-COVID”, funded by the UON College of Human and Social Futures and conducted by the Alternative Futures Research Hub (AFRHub).

For more information, click here: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/research/centre/alternative-futures-regional-prospects/the-well-living-lab

Watch the rest of the webinars on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bcsh9Y5F4G4&list=PLqmNr-LTaqGOnH9Nlcw-Ro6JHYtx62R9a



Noam Chomsky was born on December 7, 1928, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the University of Pennsylvania where he received his PhD in 1955 after four years as a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows. He joined the staff of the Massachusetts Institute in 1955, retiring as Institute Professor (emeritus) after 60 years, and taking a position as Laureate Professor at the University of Arizona.  He is a member of many professional societies in the US and abroad and has received many awards and honorary degrees. He has written and lectured widely on linguistics, philosophy, intellectual history, contemporary issues, international affairs and U.S. foreign policy.


Ariel Salleh is a member of the Global University for Sustainability; Visiting Professor in Humanities at Nelson Mandela University; former Honorary Associate in Political Economy, University of Sydney and Fellow in Post-Growth Societies, Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Her position is developed in Ecofeminism as Politics: Nature, Marx and the postmodern (2017/1997), Eco-Sufficiency & Global Justice: Women Write Political Ecology (2009), and some 200 chapters and articles in Journal of World-Systems Research, The Commoner, Globalizations, Environmental Ethics, New Left Review, and Environmental Politics: www.arielsalleh.info. Her embodied materialism is seminal to the study of humanity-nature relations. By relocating regenerative value in care skills and indigenous knowledges, Salleh challenges justice and sustainability discourses from the neoliberal green economy to eco-socialism. The work builds on experience in the anti-nuclear movement, water politics, biodiversity protection, and support for Asia-Pacific women’s alternatives. She advises on several editorial boards and is a founding editor of the US journal Capitalism Nature Socialism. She has also served as a governor of the International Sociological Association Research Committee for Environment and Society and a member of the Australian Government’s Gene Technology Ethics Committee.


Gar Alperovitz, former Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, is Co-Chair of The Next System Project (with James Gustav Speth) and Co-Founder of The Democracy Collaborative, an organization devoted to developing community wealth-building approaches to local and national democratic reconstruction.

Pr. Alperovitz lectures widely and has testified before numerous Congressional Committees. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, The Nation, The Atlantic, and many other popular and academic publications. He has been profiled by The New York Times, The Associated Press, People Magazine, UPI, and Mother Jones and has appeared on numerous network television news programs including (among many others): “Meet the Press,” “Larry King Live,” “The Charlie Rose Show,” “Cross-Fire,” and “The O’Reilly Factor.”

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