SCORAI Working Group on Community, Collective Action, and Alternative Pathways calls for new participants

By Flora Sonkin, Jordan Treakle and Robert Orzanna,

A diverse group of scholars participated past summer in a series of special sessions on the theme of “Re-embedding the Social: New Modes of Production, Critical Consumption, and Alternative Lifestyles” that was part of the annual conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics held at the University of California Berkeley. In the aftermath of the conference there was considerable interest in trying to maintain momentum and extend the circle of participation.

We have thus taking the initiative to coordinate a new Working Group on Community, Collective Action, and Alternative Pathways under the banner of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI). With the assistance of SCORAI webmaster, Robert Orzanna, and support from the SCORAI Board, an online forum has been established for sharing ideas, texts, video, and conversation about our research and action. When interested please join the Working Group or this call to anyone that might be interested in joining it.

Major topics for consideration will include the future of the commons, cooperativism, social movements, everyday forms of resistance to consumerism, and ecovillages. The Working Group may also take on the task of convening events (perhaps together with other organizations) and in participating in the 2017 SASE conference due to be held in Lyon.

If you are interested in becoming part of this Working Group, we invite you to send and email to Robert Orzanna at to register. Please direct any other questions to Flora Sonkin and Jordan Treakle at

We look forward to some interesting and inspiring debates!