Already over – The sixth AEMS has been a blast!

Aug 26, 2019 by

This year, the already sixth instalment of the Summer School “Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems (AEMS)” took off on July, 24th at BOKU University with a public opening event and an audience of about 200 interested people.
Speakers Ann Pettifor, Helga Kromp-Kolb and Clive Spash explained the importance of planetary boundaries and money as a key player in the much needed transformation of the economic systems, before going further into detail in the following panel discussion.

Over the following period of two and a half weeks, 51 highly motivated participants from 23 countries – mainly students, yet also professionals from various areas, covering 20 to 83 years of experience – engaged themselves in depth with the complex interconnections between the economic and financial with the social and environmental systems.
Apart from lectures, panel discussions, workshops and excursions, students and alumni also took their chance to present their own initiatives and projects, as well as share ideas and network during the public “Strategies of transition”-fair.

Adding to their deepened interdisciplinary understanding of economy, a great spirit of unity evolved among the participants and new friendships were formed. Therefore, the closing ceremony with hand-over of certificates and a final picnic in the park provided a well-fitting ending of the program – promising a hopeful outlook on positive change to come.

AEMS 2019 participants

The AEMS Summer School is organized by the OeAD-Housing Office, in close cooperation with BOKU University Vienna and the Economy for the Common Good.