Saturday, March 4, 2023
|This Saturday: David Barkin, PhD Forging Networks of Resilience and Progress in the Global South|
We live in extraordinary times. In spite of more than 500 years of genocide, ethnocide, and myriad forms of slavery, repression, and subjugation, peoples across the Global South continue to resist their integration into the folds of the world marketplace and the homogenization imposed by the system of nation-states. In Mexico, our group has been collaborating with communities experimenting with strategies to assert their autonomy by strengthening their capacity for governing themselves and reorganizing their social and productive systems to better assure their quality of life while caring for their territory and defending it from destructive external forces. Like communities around the world, they are guided underlying cosmogonies whose origins can be traced back into the distant past, belief systems and traditions that contribute to a valuable font of knowledge and understandings that now place them at the forefront of the forces capable of offering pathways to confront the multiple economic, social, and environmental crises facing humanity.
David Barkin holds a PhD in Economics from Yale University and is Distinguished Professor at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco Campus in Mexico City. He collaborated in the founding of the Ecodevelopment Center in 1974. He received the National Prize for Political Economy in 1979. He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and an Emeritus member of the National Research Council. He collaborates with indigenous and peasant communities to promote the sustainable management of regional resources. Many of these communities are engaged in activities to develop new institutions, advancing towards the construction of post-capitalist societies by fostering new forms of coexistence and alternatives to development to move towards a world of 'good living'. He is recognized for his theory of Radical Ecological Economics, developed during the past 20 years. In 2016, he received an award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany) for research related to climate change. His latest books (in Spanish) are: 'From Protest to Proposal: 50 years imagining and building the future' (Siglo XXI, 2018) and 'The Environmental Tragedy in Latin America and the Caribbean' (ECLAC, 2020, with 20 Latin American colleagues).
Saturday time zones for March
San Francisco: 7 AM on a Saturday
Mexico City: 9 AM on a Saturday
New York: 10 AM on a Saturday
London, UK: 3 PM on a Saturday
Central Europe: 4 PM on a Saturday
South Africa: 5 PM on a Saturday