Briggs Participates in Alternative Monetary Systems Workshop

Laura Briggs (Critic, Architecture) recently attended the Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems (AEMS) workshop in Vienna, Austria – an academic summer program that offered an evaluation of economic alternatives that considers natural boundaries and the human factor to be equal parts of the equation. The goal of the workshop was to help solve some of societies’ problems by presenting viable alternatives to processes and developments that are putting enormous strains on economic, ecologic and social boundaries.

The lectures, workshops and discussion panels were chaired by Austria’s leading climate scientist, Dr. Helga Kromp-Kolb, and covered a variety of topics, from the reform or re-definition of money, an overhaul of the aim of economic activity towards solidarity and cooperation, tax reform, a reform of financial markets, all the way to a change in consumer culture and the reduction of resource consumption.

The RISD Part-Time Faculty Education in New Technologies Fund and a grant from Saint-Gobain allowed Briggs to participate in this workshop.