EVENTS

Upcoming events

21 JUNE  CASTLEMAINE

Small is Necessary book event organised by Castlemaine Library at the Phee Broadway Theatre, Mechanics Lane. Does small mean less? Anitra Nelson, Associate Professor at the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, has investigated different strategies for shared, eco-friendly living around the world. Join Anitra as she discusses the positive social and economic benefits of small, co-operative living with another local, Mary-Faeth Chenery, who is a member of a group establishing a cohousing project in central Victoria. 5.30–6.30pm Thursday 21 June.

Free, but please register — https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/anitra-nelson-small-is-necessary-castlemaine-tickets-46268739044

17 JUNE  CASTLEMAINE

A Localising Leanganook community conversation — at 5pm on Sunday 17 June at the Ray Bradfield Room adjacent to Victory Park in Castlemaine — where Anitra Nelson asks: Are housing for ‘degrowth’ and ‘eco-collaborative’ housing ways of the future? With reference to both Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet and the soon to be published collection that Anitra has co-edited with Francois Schneider, Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities, she discusses aspects of degrowth, housing for degrowth and eco-collaborative housing as ways of achieving more affordable, sustainable and community-based living.

Past events

13 JUNE  MELBOURNE

Eco-Suburbia: Low Carbon Futures What will a future Melbourne look like? Panel session with renowned environmental designer and permaculture co-originator David Holmgren (RetroSuburbia), Professor Ralph Horne (Housing Sustainability in Low Carbon Cities) and Associate Professor Anitra Nelson (Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet) — chaired by Emeritus Professor Mike Berry — from the RMIT Centre for Urban Research. We discussed models and current policy and planning debates on Melbourne’s future.

5–7pm RMIT University Lecture Theatre (hundreds of seats but booked out fast) Building 80 Level 2 Room 7 — 445 Swanston St Melbourne, VIC 3000. See video record of event here — https://www.facebook.com/RMITCUR/videos/1654502681315134/

1–3 JUNE  MANHATTEN

This year Left Forum took place at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University Of New York, 524 West 59th Street, New York, NY, 10019, 1–3 June. At 10–11.50am, 2 June (Sat) in Rm 1.114, I joined urban sociologist Miguel Á. Martínez projected by Skype from Sweden and was with ecosocialist David Schwartzman in a panel with a room of participants discussing Housing Strategies and Post-Capitalism — how housing struggles and strategies can be critical for revolutionary change. More details here Download our Left Forum Housing Strategies and Post-Capitalism FlyerHS&PC–LF — and our Reading ListReadingListHousingStrategiesAndPost-CapitalismLeftForum2018
31 MAY  STATEN ISLAND

I was in conversation with a member of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Rae Machado, on ways that living together can make us environmentally sustainable by reducing our ecological footprint. This Thursday 7.30pm event was hosted by the Everything Goes Book-Cafe at 208 Bay St not far from the ferry stop on Staten Island. See more at the events pages of the EGBC site and at Pluto Press.
30 MAY  NEW YORK

New York book launch of Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet hosted by Bluestockings radical bookstore at 172 Allen Street on Wednesday 7–8.30pm. I advocated low impact living via smaller and eco-collaborative housing, such as cohousing. Using international case studies, including New York, and personal experiences of collective living, I speculated on urban futures where sustainable neighborhoods and grassroots democracy develop out of well-connected and productive neighborhoods, i.e. where ‘alternative’ becomes mainstreamhttp://bluestockings.com/event/small-is-necessary-shared-living-on-a-shared-planet-new-york-launch-2/ 

29 MAY  MANHATTEN

Hosted by the Marxist Education Project, come to New Perspectives Studio, 456-458 West 37th Street (near 10th Avenue) in Manhattan—a short walk from Penn Station/Port Authority or Hudson Yards 11th Avenue 7 train stop — on Tuesday at 7.30pm for a talk, and discussion on new book Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet (Pluto Press 2018) arguing for ‘eco-collaborative housing’, i.e. smaller homes with shared spaces and facilities, to promote more sustainable, affordable and convivial living. For more, see — http://marxedproject.org/event/small-is-necessary/

27 MAY  NEW YORK

At, and hosted by, the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space 155 Avenue C at 4–5.30pm, I talked referred to case studies of eco-collaborative housing involving radical sharing households, squats and communes associated with Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet. The discussion was great and books sold at a discount (US$20).

20 MAY  MONTREAL

At the full room on Sunday at the 11.30am session on Socialist and Anarchist Utopias at The Great Transition: Preparing a World Beyond Capitalism international conference, 17–20 May, in Montreal (Canada), I and Terry Leahy presented papers on non-market socialism: ‘Socialism where people and planet, not money, are central’ and ‘How to save the environment “without planning”‘, respectively. Download NMS-Montreal-Final We wre rapt with the response and discussion afterwards, including over lunch. The conference offered an opportunity to promote the emergent Palgrave Macmillan Alternatives and Futures: Cultures, Practices, Activism and Utopias book series of which I am the series editor. I am seeking proposals, see Alternatives&FuturesFlyerB&W.

9 MAY  LEEDS

Shared, Sustainable Cities — an evening conversation on the challenges of creating more shared housing and living, and sustainable cities, which took place at the Victoria Hotel in Great George Street, Leeds (just behind the Town Hall) on 9 May, 7.30pm to 9pm. I spoke about Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet and Paul Chatterton, Professor Urban Futures at University of Leeds talked about models presented in his forthcoming Pluto Press book Unlocking Sustainable Cities and plans to set up a Centre for Sustainable Cities in Leeds’ Kirkstall Valley. We chatted to the full room of participants about our experiences of eco-collaborative housing. Hosted by the Kirkstall Valley Development Trust  and Leeds Permaculture Network Free entry but tickets here

8 MAY  SHEFFIELD

Eco-collaborative housing; eco-collaborative futures? A talk for the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield 4pm Tuesday. Affordable, sustainable, community-based and neighbourhood oriented housing seems the way of the future — might not ‘alternative’ housing — specifically eco-collaborative housing, become mainstream? This talk analysed possible futures for such housing driven, alternatively, by government policies, ecohousing entrepreneurs, and/or resident-driven models eschewing both the state and the market.
4 MAY  LONDON

The London launch of Small Is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet took place at Housmans Bookshop 7pm 4 May. I went into conversation with Victoria and Albert Museum Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism Rory HydeHousmans is at 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, a two minute walk from King’s Cross/St.Pancras terminals, at the bottom end of Caledonian Road where it meets with Pentonville Road. Phone 020 7837 4473 for more details. More at the publisher’s site here.

12 APRIL  SYDNEY

Small Is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet launched in Sydney at 5.30pm 12 April at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Faculty of Design Architecture Building, Room 6.6.38, 702-730 Harris Street, Ultimo. Chaired by Ariel Salleh, Associate in Political Economy at University of Sydney, my other panel members were Cameron Tonkinwise — commencing as Professor of Interdisciplinary Design at UTS mid-year — and Bronwen Morgan, Professor of Law at University of New South Wales researching legal and regulatory pathways of diverse new economy initiatives. Signed books sold at a discount. Free event, with registration at — https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/book-launch-anitra-nelsons-small-is-necessary-tickets-44175378747

8 APRIL WONTHAGGI

Noon talk on Small Is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet at Southern Gippsland Sustainable Living Festival, Wonthaggi. Signed books available at discount.

2 MARCH  RADIO INTERVIEW

Interviewed, 2 March, by Esty Dinur for WORT FM community radio Madison (Wisconsin) on Small Is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet. See item and listen to podcast here.

1 MARCH  CARLTON

A conversation between Anitra and Giselle Wilkinson on Small Is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet at New International Bookshop (54 Victoria Street Carlton) on Thursday 1 March 7pm. Dynamic Giselle is a sustainability and eco-collaborative housing expert who co-founded the National Sustainable Living Festival and Murundaka.

27 FEBRUARY  UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

On the Tuesday 27 February, the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Political Economy Reading Group met through lunch to hear a short talk by Anitra and to discuss a reading of Chapter 9 of Small Is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet.

22 FEBRUARY  CARLTON

Melbourne launch of Small Is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet at Readings Carlton bookstore (309 Lygon Street) 6.30–7.30pm 22 February 2018. Eco-polis urbanist Paul Downton — cofounder of urban cohousing project Christie Walk in Adelaide — launched the book. I gave a talk of gratitude to multiple people and referred to benefiting from a Carson Writing Fellowship (2016–2017) at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at LMU in Munich. Professor Jago Dodson, director of the Center for Urban Research at RMIT University was MC. Buy paperback for $42.95 online or in Readings shops. Event, wine and author’s signature all free. An event of the National Sustainable Living Festival 2018.