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Radical Care: Embracing Feminist Finance

Amateur Cities

2020

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Amateur Cities and the Institute of Network Cultures are proud to present a feminist finance zine titled ‘Radical Care: Embracing Feminist Finance’. It is a cooperative future-thinking effort from the MoneyLab network, a collective of artists, designers, researchers, geeks and activists dedicated to the task of experimenting with more equitable, diverse, and sustainable futures for finance and economy.

The zine is a diverse collection of voices organized in three types of contributions: quickfire interviews (short reactions to big questions), double interviews (conversational long reads), and artworks (projects addressing discussed subjects visually). 

Today we live in a world that is dominated by an economic system that is global, competitive, and centred around a rational and egoistic vision of the human (homo economicus). In this publication we asked ourselves and over twenty contributors how we can embrace different values focusing on locality, cooperation, and caring.

Contributors: Ruth Catlow, Andy Morales Coto, Eric Barry Drasin, Rachel Falconer, Valeria Ferrari, Inte Gloerich, Reijer Hendrikse, Antonia Hernández, Anne Kervers, Aude Launay, Micky Lee, Ania Molenda, Silvia Díaz Molina, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Stephanie Rothenberg, Ailie Rutherford, RYBN, Lana Swartz, Denise Thwaites, Nathaniel Tkacz, Gregory Tsardanidis, Josephine Wolff, Malcolm Campbell Verduyn, Martin Zeilinger

This publication was extended with the Syllabus, a digital supplement in 2020.

This syllabus by Amateur Cities and Institute of Network Cultures is a starting point for diving into the field of feminist finance. It features scholarly concepts, grassroots projects, artistic thought-experiments, fictional responses, and questions without answers. The events from which we sourced the references and quotes featured in our syllabus are just snapshots of bigger discussions and are in no way exhaustive. Our discussions were influenced by the events of early 2020, the experience of living through the COVID-19 pandemic, and its socio-economic consequences. This perspective framed already existing feminist debates in a different way, adding new urgencies to particular struggles. We saw important lines of thought emerge in the discussion, and structured them into six topics: fundamental critiques, radical care, interdependence, units of account, alternative money design, forms of organizing. 

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