Starting from scratch: In Search Of The New Model
Manuel Castells suggests that Occupy-type and Arab Spring movements are valid because they are not transforming into normal political parties or structures. For Castells, this is not a weakness; it’s their strength.
Movements of Left and Right, Capitalism, Communism have all disappointed, and the traditional link between ‘government & the people’ has been replaced by that of ‘private investors & government’. The social contract that informed the development of the European dream is seemingly in tatters.
Populists and large segments of the mass media conspire to force us into acquiescence: "There is not enough to go around, others are exploiting our generosity and henceforth we can only support 'our' people."
This adventurous working group explores the possible building blocks of a new political-economic-social model (green movements and sustainability dependent on cross-sector synergies which create new paradigms...; social models that build consensus within very small communities...; the younger generation...) and asks the question “How can we in the arts sector help build trust, faith in our neighbours, and dependability back into our societies?”
Nelson Fernandez (NFA International Arts and Culture - London, UK)