Solidarity Poiesis: I Will Come and Steal You

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Solidarity Poiesis: I Will Come and Steal You

Nearly ten years ago, in 2011, a multiplicity of self-managed solidarity organisations, with mandates ranging from food provision and healthcare to education initiatives, emerged from the occupation of Syntagma Square in the heart of Athens, among other places across Greece. This book of essays and interviews discusses the multifaceted ideas and prospects of this grassroots movement such as prefiguration, self-governance and abolition democracy. The notion of ‘solidarity poiesis’ arises from an argument for a poetics that will transform social justice through new sustainable self-organized infrastructures.

This publication is a follow-up to ‘Under These Words (Solidarity Athens 2016)’, a film by Robin Vanbesien (2017).

Edited by Robin Vanbesien
Contributions by Tom Engels, Bryana Fritz, Christos Giovanopoulos, Avery F. Gordon, Valeria Graziano, Christina, Papadopoulos, Christos Sideris, Alberto Toscano and Robin Vanbesien
Designed by Goda Budvytyte

Published by b_books (Berlin), MER. Paper Kunsthalle (Ghent), Sarma (Brussels) and timely (Brussels) in 2017.

The book can be purchased through b_books and MER. Paper Kunsthalle.


Author: Walter Van Andel

Walter van Andel is a PhD researcher on entrepreneurship and creativity at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. His research focusses on business models, innovation, and entrepreneurial growth at small and medium-sized creative enterprises. In 2012 he authored the book “Creative Jumpers” in which business models for fast-growing companies in creative industries are examined. Before joining the University of Antwerp, Walter worked as a researcher for Antwerp Management School, Belgium and Western Illinois University, United States.