Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems
The Summer School "Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems" takes place at the BOKU from July 26 to August 11, 2017.
AEMS is an academic Summer School that offers a new approach: An evaluation of economic alternatives that considers natural boundaries and the human factor to be equal parts of the equation.
Our goal: To help solve some of societies’ problems by presenting viable alternatives to processes and developments that are putting enormous strains on economic, ecologic and social boundaries.
The main intention behind the creation of the Summer School was to use a positive approach to the field of economic alternatives, asking if this apparently inherent instability might be reduced or avoided, and show students the chances of reform.
A great amount of possible approaches to economic reform has been proposed over the years, proving that there is high demand for a new economic system. A number of current and promising concepts were selected to be presented to the students, ranging all the way up to a fundamental reform of global structures and institutions. This enables them to have a level-headed discussion of economic and monetary reform while asking: What is our leeway?
What AEMS is
AEMS offers room for critical thinking and the possibility to openly discuss and deconstruct ideas and concepts with distinguished experts from various scientific fields. The participants will be able to move beyond the widespread limitation of higher education that lacks extensive exchange between scientific disciplines.
The lectures, workshops and discussion panels cover a variety of topics, from the reform or re-definition of money, an overhaul of the aim of economic activity towards solidarity and cooperation, tax reform, a reform of financial markets, all the way to a change in consumer culture and the reduction of resource consumption.
The summer school is a cooperation between universities and civil society. The solution of the great challenges we face today require the estimation of the abilities of different groups. A diversity of ideas, methods and experiences is needed to meet the challenges of the future.
We aim to host the event according to the criteria of the Austrian Ecolabel for Green Meetings. We therefore prepare many visible and invisible measures and would be pleased if you endorse those efforts and support us!
You have already got the information with your letter of acceptance.
If you came by plane, we hope that you use the BOKU CO2 compensation system for compensating your CO2 emissions. Within Vienna a good public transport system is available. Bicylce parking is available at the teaching location. Please ask the staff for further information.
Please throw any garbage in the separate collection bins at the BOKU. For further questions kindly contact the AEMS coordinators. Thank you for your contribution!
Further information on the Summer School and the application procedure can be found at http://summer-university.net/study-abroad/aems-vienna/
Contact at BOKU: Mag. Lisa Bohunovsky and Prof. Helga Kromp-Kolb