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Workers’ control and workers’ participation – discourses and contradictions in Venezuela

"Pink Tide States: Programs and Realities in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela" (Panel)

The Communal System as Venezuela’s Transition to Socialism

Communism in the 21st Century

"The purpose of this chapter is to explore practices in the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela linked to the idea of a transition to socialism through the construction of communal production and consumption cycles controlled by workers and communities. The envisioned transition combines local self-administrat on and workers’ control of the means of production. The present work concentrates mainly on the experiences of local self-administration.

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Comuna Under Construction

LatinAmericanFilmFestival presents:

Comuna under construction

a film by Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler, which follows the developments in the barrios of Caracas and poor rural areas of Venezuela as people combine to build people power from below.

Imagine a world without bosses

Imagine a world without bosses. This week we discuss examples of workers who run their own workplaces through workers control. Interviews with Alexis Adarfio, from the Workers’ University in Ciudad Guyana, Venezuela; Immanuel Ness, City University of New York, Brooklyn College; and Dario Azzelini, Johannes Kepler University in Austria.

- See more at: http://www.3cr.org.au/sticktogether/podcast/stick-together-24072013#stha...

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Direct Democracy Under Construction: A Conversation with Dario Azzellini

In this episode of Forms of Life, host Nato Thompson speaks with documentary filmmaker, writer and political scientist Dario Azzellini about community organizing and social movements.

The Communal State: Communal Councils, Communes, and Workplace Democracy.

The particular character of what Hugo Chávez called the Bolivarian process lies in the understanding that social transformation can be constructed from two directions, “from above” and “from below.” Bolivarianism—or Chavismo—includes among its participants both traditional organizations and new autonomous groups; it encompasses both state-centric and anti-systemic currents.

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Comuna under construction, 2010, 96 min., Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler

Wednesday June 19th, 2013, 17:30 -20:00, FACT Liverpool

Comuna under construction, 2010, 96 min., Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler, showed in the frame of

PILAS (Postgraduates in Latin American Studies) Conference 2013

LEFT FORUM 2013 | June 8, 2013 | Pace University, New York, USA

Venezuela Beyond Chávez II: The Grassroots Perspective

We want to examine what the death of Chávez and the actual situation means for Venezuela from a grassroots perspective of the activists and social movements that have co-created the Bolivarian Revolution of the past 14 years. What does chavismo without Chávez mean for them?

Dario Azzellini, CUNY Graduate Center and Johannes Kepler University Linz
Sujatha Fernandes, Queens College
Alejandro Velasco, New York University

An Interview with Dario Azzellini

Workers Control and/or Worker Cooperatives?

GEO: Dario, your co-edited book, Ours to Master and To Own, Workers Control from the Commune to the Present, presents a rich variety of worker control initiatives. These have taken place not only in Europe, but in Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India, Indonesia, the USA, Venezuela, Yugoslavia, and other countries. Can you clarify for us what these examples have in common, and what you see as their importance?

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Overcoming marginalization through self-administration: A case study of the Venezuelan Consejos Comunales

RC21 CONFERENCE 2013 - Resourceful cities - 29-31 August 2013

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Venezuela Beyond Chávez II: The Grassroots Perspective - LEFT FORUM 2013

Left Forum, June 7-9, 2013, Pace University, New York City

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Occupying Language - LEFT FORUM 2013

The book Occupying Language is an open conversation. Through it, we invite you to join us to explore insurgent movements that have been organizing in Latin America over the past twenty years, and to connect key concepts and language from those struggles with what is new and beautiful in the social relations being created by people’s movements in the United States today. There are of course many similarities with preceding forms of organization and mobilization, especially with the movement for global justice of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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Alternativa 2013: Till tomorrow! Ideologies of city planning and the tactics of dwelling

Professional preview: May 23, 2013

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Latin American Social Movements 14 Years Later: Experiences and Perspectives since 1998

April 26th-28th, 2013, Historical Materialism Conference, New York City 2013
New York University, Silver Center, 31 Washington Place, New York, NY

Sunday, April 28th, 2013, 4pm-6pm, Session 6, panel C
Latin American Social Movements 14 Years Later: Experiences and Perspectives since 1998

Panelists: Marina Sitrin, Dario Azzellini, and Ximena García Bustamante
Chair: Greg Wilpert

What Next, Venezuela? A Roundtable Discussion

President Hugo Chávez was larger than life, stirring hope and controversy while helping to change the political trajectory of Venezuela and Latin America. His death raises pressing and difficult questions: what will become of his political project at home? What are the prospects for regional integration in his wake? How will the United States respond to a post-Chávez landscape?

Listen to the audio of the panelists answering these questions and discussing other topics related to the Venezuelan transition at the roundtable discussion that took place at NYU on March 13.

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The "New" Movements: "We won't pay for your crisis - we are your crisis"

"Rights, Solidarity and Justice. Working People Organizing, Past and Present"
LAWCHA (Labor and Working-Class History Association) National Conference, New York City, June 6-8, 2013

Saturday, June 8, 2:15 - 4:00pm

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How to organize locally and nationally - Building horizontal organizational structures: The example of FelS and the IL in Germany

Why organize on a higher level? How to avoid or reduce informal power structures? Who is organizing? What structure is helpful in order to organize beyond certain social strata and age? What have been successes and failures in the organizing process?

Marcus Graetsch and Dario Azzellini have been long time activists in Berlin. They will share their experiences of organization and coordination as local group (FelS, about 80 activists) and as a nation wide coordination structure (the IL with some 800 activists).

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What Next, Venezuela? A Roundtable Discussion in Real Time

*What Next, Venezuela?  A Roundtable Discussion in Real Time*

As President, Hugo Chavez loomed larger than life, stirring hope and
controversy while helping to change the political trajectory of
Venezuela and Latin America. His death raises pressing and difficult
questions: what will become of his political project at home? What are
the prospects for regional integration in his wake? How will the US
respond to a post-Chavez landscape? Participate in a discussion about
these and other questions as we consider what Chavez's death means for

Venezuela With and Beyond Chavez

“Chávez was one of us”, say the poor from the barrios in Caracas, the people throughout Latin America, and Bronx residents together with probably two million poor people in the US, who now have free heating thanks to the Chávez government. Sean Penn said on Chávez: “Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion.” These are sad days.

The Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center Presents:

Ours to Master and to Own: Workers' Control from the Commune to the Present, a conversation with Immanuel Ness and Dario Azzellini

Capitalism would have us believe we need our bosses. Tonight's discussion reveals the history of workers who dare to disagree. From the dawning of the industrial epoch, wage earners have organized themselves into unions, fought bitter strikes, and gone so far as to challenge the very premises of the system by creating institutions of democratic self-management aimed at controlling production without bosses.

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ECONOMY - Glasgow

In the 21st century the economy has come to provide the ground zero of our sense of self. But what does this experience of a life dominated by economic relations feel or even look like?

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ECONOMY - Edinburgh

In the 21st century the economy has come to provide the ground zero of our sense of self. But what does this experience of a life dominated by economic relations feel or even look like?

From Cooperatives to Enterprises of Direct Social Property in the Venezuelan Process

From Cooperatives to Enterprises of Direct Social Property in the Venezuelan Process

This book presents the cooperative economy as a viable alternative to the neoliberal capitalist and authoritarian socialist models currently in use around the world. The authors contend that the cooperative model is based on principles essential to building a more just and equitable society. The democratic decision making process is indispensable for advancing towards a society that can better fulfil material and spiritual needs, helping to motivate workers and promoting solidarity.