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Elevate - A Manual For Change

Changing the world with creative ideas and practical examples? Combining artistic means and critical reflection with methods of productive engagement? With a focus on solidarity and democratically as well as ecologically valuable? How this could be done is revealed in this book by dedicated personalities and civil society initiatives from around the world.

The description of concrete visions of the future on topics such as climate change, solidarity economy, media and technology is in the center of this anthology as well as the latest analyses on the political situation of a changing world.

What the role of contemporary music, experimental art and advanced club culture in this context is,  will be discussed by guest authors as well as artists with relations to the festival.

Contributions by Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman, Johan Galtung, Vandana Shiva, Jacob Appelbaum, Polly Higgins, Percy Schmeiser, Silke Helfrich, Nafeez Ahmed, Kathrin Röggla, The Yes Men, Shoshana Zuboff, Bill McKibben, and many more.

This 464-page book is distributed by FALTER Verlag and is also available in bookstores online and offline.

Elevate #10 - by David Charles

What is “surveillance capitalism” and how can we cook it?
Is the commons society really putting hope into practice?
Are artificial volcanoes going to stop global warming?

Elevate #10 inspires and explores such unpredictable, interconnected questions, helping us creatively respond to a world evolving under crisis. This is the tenth edition of Elevate, an international festival of music, arts and political discourse held every year in Graz, Austria.

We hear from more than forty experienced thinkers, artists and activists, including: Amy Goodman (DemocracyNow!), Antonino D’Ambrosio (Let Fury Have The Hour), John Holloway (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla) and Shoshana Zuboff (Harvard Business School).

Whether through Hopeability, Creative Response or L.O.V.E, the message is clear: We all need to Elevate.

What’s in the book?

Over 50,000 words of views and analysis from sociologists, politicians, economists, musicians, film-makers and countless others on everything from the state of our democracy to the state of our farms and our creativity.

  • Think Crisis, Think Hope with John Holloway (Professor of Sociology, Puebla University)
  • Elevate Democracy with Birgitta Jónsdóttir (Icelandic Pirate Party MP)
  • Elevate Socio-Ecological Transformation with Pat Mooney (ETC Group)
  • Creative Response/Ability with Antonino D’Ambrosio (Director Let Fury Have The Hour) and Ursula Rucker (spoken word artist)
  • Research for Transition with Michel Bauwens (P2P Foundation)
  • Everything is Connected with Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!) and Nafeez Ahmed (Crisis of Civilisation)
  • A Million Things You Can Do…

… plus much, much more and many, many others!


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