Global and Institutional Crises and Red-Green Alternatives – Conference 2018-03-17


Program – International Transform Conference in Copenhagen, Saturday, 17 March 2018:

Title: “Global and Institutional Crises and Red-Green Alternatives”

How to respond to the growing systemic crisis in Europe and globally? This is a combination of multiple crises – political, social, climate and environmental – requiring systemic alternatives. System criticism is not enough. The conference is a contribution to the debate on if and how to break with the capitalist system underlying the crises and to develop red and green alternatives?

The programme focuses on issues we have prioritized the previous years, and the public meetings we held last autumn on the fight against privatisation.

In addition to the plenary session with two speeches in the morning, we have two seminars in the afternoon: One on the fight against climate change and for ecosocialism and ecofeminism; the other about our common goods, which today are under attack from capital interests and privatization, and where popular movements and pressure from below contribute to create counter-movement and alternatives, for example in the form of de-privatisation.

With a good international panel, we hope to give the audience at the conference a unique opportunity to get new inspiration from the outside to the domestic debate and action.

Venue: HK København, Svend Aukens Plads 11, 2300 Copenhagen S

Price: 100 DKK, to be paid at the entrance.
This also covers lunch and refreshments
Registration: send email to

9:30 Registration and coffee/tea etc.

10:00 Welcome

10:00-10:45  Urgency of an Ecosocialist Alternative. How to fill the gaps in emissions and in consciousness?
Daniel Tanuro
, Belgium, author of ‘Green Capitalism: Why it can’t work’ and contributor to the book ‘Økosocialisme – fra systemkritik til alternativ’ (Solidaritet, 2015), ecosocialist and writer in La Gauche, certified agriculturalist.
There is an objective gap between the path of emissions reduction compatible with a 1.5°C temperature increase on the one hand, and the projections based on the Nationally determined contributions (NDC) on the other hand. There is also a huge subjective gap between the ecosocialist consciousness needed to break with the productivist logic of capitalism, on the one hand, and the alienated consciousness of the vast majority of the population, on the other hand. Bridging the first gap entails bridging the second. What strategy for ecosocialism? 

10:45-11:30 Alternatives to the ecological crisis, the food crises and the climate crisis
Elizabeth Mpofu, Zimbabwe, General Coordinator of La Via Campesina International.

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-13.15 Questions and debate Break

13:15-14:15  Lunch

14:15-17:00 Parallel seminars on 1) To combat climate change – the role of ecosocialism and ecofeminism; 2) Our common goods – reclaiming public services

Seminar 1: To combat climate change – the role of ecosocialism and ecofeminism

Ecofeminist views to confront the Anthropocene
Yayo Herrero, Spain, Anthropologist, Director of FUHEM, Ecologistas en Acción
Humanity has reached the twenty-first century facing the material foundations that sustain life. This war against life is manifested in a systemic crisis (ecological, economic and social) that generates a deepening of the inequalities between people in all the axes of domination (class, gender, age, origin, etc.). The eco-dependence and interdependence are constitutive features of the human essence, but the notions of production, development and welfare have been built ignoring the insertion of the human species in a nature that has limits and hiding the vulnerability of human life.
Ecofeminism can help to shape a different perspective that gives light to invisible and undervalued aspects, but unavoidable if you want to start a transition before a more than likely collapse.


The role of labour in the fight against climate change
Asbjørn Wahl, Norway, author and trade unionist, director of the Campaign for the Welfare state
Action to combat climate change will require major societal transformation. We have most of what is required in terms of technology, knowledge and competence to avert a climate disaster. What we lack is the social power to translate words into action. The role of organized labour will therefore be decisive. The climate struggle will have to be unified with the social struggle.


Seminar 2: Our common goods – resisting privatization; reclaiming public services

Left politics and Commons-movements in Europe
Birgit Daiber; Germany, author and publisher, Transform commons working group, The Common-Good-of-Humanity-Network
The impressive and rich diversity of commons initiatives all over the world can be seen as acts of resistance against exploitation of nature and people, or more specific: against
the continuous and ever-growing greed of reactionary politics and capital for privatisation of natural resources. It’s time to discuss strategies on European level: Commons as one dimension of initiatives to reclaim a social, ecological and democratic Europe.

Earth Incorporated: The impacts of trade and privatisation on nature
Nanna Clifforth, Denmark, NOAH – Friends of the Earth Denmark
Nature, biodiversity and ecosystem functions are increasingly included in trade agreements as well as turned into aims of financialisation and off-setting with severe environmental and social consequences.

Our common goods – reclaiming public services
Wanda Wyporska, Britain, Executive Director at The Equality Trust, campaigning organization working for greater equality
Access to and provision of public services play a key role in inequality, whether reducing or increasing the gaps in society. How the fragmentation of education, health and social security is affecting the UK and those who deliver these services.
The Equality Trust was launched in 2009 by Bill Kerry, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett after the publishing of “The Spirit Level – Why Equality is Better for Everyone” (In Danish: “Lighed – Hvorfor alle klarer sig bedre i mere lige samfund”).

16:00-16:15 Coffee break

16:15-17:00 Workshops and networking

The intention is to make workshops around each of the topics of the talks of the conference, and possibly build working groups  for ongoing work on these issues.

17:00-18:00 Concluding debate in plenary between the speakers of the conference and the participants on the main topics of the day.

Organizers:  Transform!Danmark in cooperation with transform!europe, Enhedslisten/the Red-Green Alliance, Afrika Kontakt, Solidaritet, Det Ny Clarté, DiEM25-Copenhagen, Miljøbevægelsen NOAH (Friends of the Earth Denmark) and others.



– lad ikke regeringen privatisere vores offentlige service

Debatmøderne er et indlæg til den danske diskussion om privatisering og afprivatisering og en præsentation af nyudgivelsen Reclaiming Public Service: How cities and citizens are turning back privatization af Satoko Kishimoto, koordinator af ”Public Alternative project” i Transnational Institute (TNI) i Amsterdam og forfatter til Reclaiming Public Water Network

Tirsdag den 3. oktober, kl. 17 – 19
Sted: 3F’s lokaler
Villavej 4, 8660 Skanderborg

Fagligt panel: Satoko Kishimoto (TNI) og Henning Bo Madsen (NOAH Friends of the Earth)
Pjece fra Satoko
Præsentation fra Henning Bo Madsen
Spørgepanel: Louisa Bisgaard (Alternativet, Region Midt), Ole Juhl Jeppesen (SF-Skanderborg), Peter Kjær (Enhedslisten-Skanderborg)

Onsdag den 4. oktober, kl. 16 – 18 (mødetid senest 15.45)
Sted: Christiansborg, 1240 K

Fagligt panel: Satoko Kishimoto, Allan Weirup, Direktør for Danske Vandværker, Jesper Kiel, Enhedslisten, medlem af Kommunernes Landsforening
Spørgepanel: Karsten Hønge (MF, SF), Tue Tortzen (Enhedslisten-Hillerød), Palle Bendsen (NOAH Friends of the Earth), Jens Börjesson (Vänsterpartiet, Sverige, medlem af VP Malmø’s miljøudvalg)

Tilmelding nødvendig til mødet på Christiansborg senest den 3. oktober til:

Det er gratis at deltage. Videresend gerne denne invitation.

Arr.: Transform!Danmark, AfrikaKontakt, Solidaritet m.fl.

Vejledning til deltagere i mødet på Christianborg – husk tilmelding
I skal møde frem senest 15 minutter før planlagt mødestart ved besøgsindgangen til Folketinget. Det er den indgang som befinder sig under den store trappe i gården. Deltagerne skal gennem en kontrol svarende til i en lufthavn og de må derfor ikke have mistænkelig ting i deres bagage.
I afhentes samlet efter kontrollen – og går så i samlet flok til lokalet.
Ekstraordinært kan forsinkede gå til indgangen i Provianthuset og sende en sms til: 2782 3927. Når mødet er slut bliver alle samlet fulgt ud af Christiansborg igen.

Til debatmøder om privatisering – oktober 2017

Om PRIVATISERING – og alternativer
I august 2016 blev den regeringsbestilte McKinsey rapport om privatisering lækket.  Rapporten vurderer, at der kan spares millioner af kroner ved at privatisere vand, affaldshåndtering og varmeforsyning. Diskussionen kører stadig og regeringen har ikke skrinlagt planerne, selvom der er sået tvivl om både beregningsgrundlag, forudsætninger og den estimerede ”gevinst”.

Tirsdag den 21. november 2017 er der kommunalvalg. Det vil derfor være en fordel, hvis man kan sikre, at diskussionen om privatisering tages offentligt, så det ikke dikteres ovenfra. Modstanden mod privatisering skal komme fra bruger- og kommunalt niveau, da det er her de negative konsekvenser kan mærkes. Lokalpolitikere fra regeringspartierne er ikke interesseret i at tage diskussionen lige nu – det vil derfor være en fordel for os andre at inddrage dette tema i valgkampen.

Transnational Institute, Amsterdam, har gennemført en række undersøgelser af privatisering og afprivatisering i en række lande.  Mellem marts 2000 og marts 2015 har der været 235 sager, hvor vandforsyningen er taget tilbage til offentligt ejerskab og kontrol. Sagerne er fordelt på 37 lande og har haft indflydelse på mere ende 100 millioner menneskers vandforsyning. Resultaterne kan bl.a. læses i “Our public water future – The global experience with remunicipalisation”og i “Reclaiming Public Services: How cities and citizens are turning back privatisation”.
Mange lande, regioner og kommuner har på nuværende tidspunkt gjort sig dyrt købte erfaringer med privatisering i form af stigende priser, manglende gennemsigtighed med beslutninger, forringelse af arbejdsmiljø, manglende langsigtede investering og vedligeholdelse af installationer, samt manglende koordinering mellem sektorer og beslutninger mht. miljø- og klimatilpasning og vandforsyning/-afledning. Alt sammen med dyre løsninger og problemer som konsekvens.

I mange lande især i den vestlige verden har offentlig service, offentlige goder og forsyninger som vand, varme samt affaldshåndtering været under politisk pres om privatisering. I Europa er EU en motor for privatisering. Både Danmark og Euro-landene er under pres som følge af Finanspagten for at gennemføre besparelser, der gør privatisering til eneste alternativ til den offentlige service, der rammes af nedskæringer. Denne sparepolitik dikteres regioner og kommuner af Folketinget via budgetloven. Et yderligere pres for privatisering kommer via handelsaftaler som CETA, TISA og JEFTA.

Transform!Danmark international Conference 2017-03-18


International Transform Conference in Copenhagen, Saturday, 18 March 2017

Building Red-Green Alternatives:

Can Commons challenge Neo-liberalism from below?

Venue: HK København, Svend Aukens Plads 11, 2300 Copenhagen S

Price: 100 DKK, to be paid at the entrance.
Registration: send email to

9:30  Registration and coffee/tea croissants

10:00  Welcome

10:15-11:00 Tom Kucharz, Spain, Ecologistas en Acción

How to use “Commons” in defending public goods and transforming society

The threat of privatisation of public goods and services in Europe and globally. Experiences from concrete struggles against TTIP, CETA, etc. and other so-called “free trade” agreements in Europe and elsewhere.

11:00-11:45 Satoko Kishimoto, Japan, Transnational Institute (TNI), Amsterdam.

A Coordinator of the Public Alternative project in TNI and Reclaiming Public Water Network since 2005. Her latest edited book is Our Public Water Future: The global experience with remunicipalisation (2015).

Presentation overheads: Reclaiming public service as commons

Reclaiming public services as Commons: strategies for Remunicipalisation and Democratisation

In the past 15 years, there have been at least 235 cases of water remunicipalisation in 37 countries, affecting more than 100 million people. Despite growing evidence failure, promotion of privatisation and PPPs has remained strong as a solution for financing public services and infrastructure. Local authorities are facing a major challenge in how to finance public services and infrastructure without entering into PPPs and other neoliberal options.

11:45-12:00 Break

12:00-13:00 Questions and debate

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:30 Parallel seminars on 1) The dangers of extraction – keeping raw materials in the ground; 2) Commons and Cooperatives – and the struggle against privatisation.

Seminar 1: The dangers of extraction – keeping raw materials in the ground

Extraction in Mongolia, Sukhgerel Dugersuren, Mongolia

Executive Director of Oyu Tolgoi Watch, human rights and environmental defender

Presentation overheads: DANGERS-OF-EXTRACTIVISM

Since early 2000s there have been heavy extraction in South Gobi Desert to the detriment of environment, human communities and animals in this ecologically sensitive region. Traditionally local communities are nomadic herders roaming with their animals through thin pastures of the Gobi. Large mining corporations have taken away not only pastures but most importantly the life sustaining water resources in this desert environment. The corporation do not recognize traditional rights of indigenous population extracting underground water at 870 m₃ per second rate for their mega mines.

Global Warming and Extraction in Greenland Jens Heinrich of Inuit Ataqatigiit, Greenland

responsible for Nordic cooperation, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Presentation paper: Exploitation-of-mineral-resources-in-Greenland
Presentation overheads: Mineral Resources

Greenland is rich in raw materials and some Greenland politicians wish to make the most of this to the benefit of the economy. Plans for extraction include extraction of uranium and fossil oil. What are the consequences of this for the environment, for the climate and for the population?

Seminar 2: Commons and Cooperatives – and the struggle against privatisation?

What can bring the concept of Commons into the Labour Movement? Chantal Delmas, France, co-coordinator of the project of “Commons” in Transform!Europe network, and on social re-appropriation in Espaces Marx (France)

Presentation paper: chantal-intervention-english-copenhague

How can the labour movement fight against “There Is No Alternative”? The question of ownership in the private and public sector. May we rethink institutions and the question of state through the concept of Commons?

Women creating Community Julieta Paredes, Bolivia, poet and author, part of Women Creating Community, co-founder of Mujeres Creando, a Bolivian anarcha-feminist collective.

How to create Community from the perspective of indigenous women. How does the Community relate to society as a whole? How can communities improve the role of indigenous women?

The Commons in the Core Economy? Potential Clues from the Mondragon Cooperative Experience, Fred Freundlich, Basque Country, USA and Spain, a professor of cooperative enterprise and cofounder of a masters’ program on the social economy at the Faculty of Business, Mondragon University in the Basque Country of Spain.

Presentation overheads: FreundlichMondragonCommonsDnmrk

Mondragon is a large, integrated network of over 100 worker cooperatives in many sectors.  Over 50 years of experience, Mondragon has developed a perspective on the Commons and the enterprise that many people think is important to social change movements. This perspective is based on broad worker ownership in the core economy within a framework of solidarity and intercooperation among enterprises.

16:30-16:45 Coffee break

16:45-17:30 Panel conclusion and short round-up

Organisers:  Transform!Danmark in cooperation with transform!europe, Enhedslisten/the Red-Green Alliance, Afrika Kontakt, Solidaritet, Det Ny Clarté, Grobund,  and others.



Populism – a discussion on Latin American and European experiences

Transform!Danmark indbyder til offentligt debatmøde om:

POPULISME – erfaringer og diskussioner fra Latinamerika og Europa

(Populism – a discussion on Latin American and European experiences)

Mandag den 13. Februar, kl. 19.30

Sted: Enhedslisten, Studiestræde 24, 1, 1455 Kbh. K

Pris: gratis, Ingen tilmelding nødvendig

Baggrundsmateriale: IntroPopulism


· Erick Gonzalo Palomares, Mexican, political sciences. *Teaching at Aalborg University

· Óscar García Agustín, Associate professor at the Department of Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark

· Pelle Dragsted, Member of Parliament for Enhedslisten as from 2015

Mødet foregår på engelsk

Arr.: Transform!Danmark, Enhedslistens Latinamerikagruppe

POPULISME: et skældsord eller et politisk begreb?
I en verden i stigende grad styret af mediernes manipulationer ser vi hver dag ???populisme??? som et skældsord brugt mod oppositionen til (de) fremherskende neoliberale regimer. Dette uanset den politiske orientering i denne opposition, som et forsøg på at indkapsle denne for at efterlade os med det indtryk, at der ikke findes noget alternativ til ???den nødvendige politik???.

???Populisme??? er blevet et mærkat, der påklistres både det yderste højre og en progressiv, venstreorienteret politik, og bruges i et historisk tomrum.

I Latinamerika har der i lyset af de sidste 15 års progressive regeringer udspundet sig en fornyet diskussion om populisme, med teoretiske elementer, der har haft stor indflydelse på den efterfølgende diskussion i på det sydlige Europas venstrefløj. I Nordeuropa diskuteres venstrefløjen og ???populisme??? kun lidt, og der er brugt mere tid på historiske fortilfælde for højrefløjens iøjnefaldende fremgang, både i Europa og i USA.

Transform!Danmark vil med dette debatmøde tage hul på diskussionerne om populisme i Latinamerika, i Europa, Nord og Syd, om årsagerne til det ekstreme højres fremgang og udfordringer for venstrefløjen ??? for at stille spørgsmålet om, hvorledes den danske venstrefløj forholder sig hertil.

The panel, introductions:

* Erick Gonzalo Palomares R.

Mexican, political sciences. *Teaching at Aalborg University.

Ph.D. in Government and Public Administration from Universidad Complutense, Madrid. Master in Development, Innovation and Change, University of Bologna. Bachelor in International Relations, ITESO, México.

Has been working on public policy, elections, social movements and populism.

* Óscar García Agustín

Associate professor at the Department of Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark. With Christian Ydesen he has co-edited the book Post-Crisis Perspectives: The Common and its Powers (Peter Lang, 2013), and with Martin Bak Jørgensen he has co-edited Politics of Dissent (2015, Peter Lang) and Solidarity without Borders: Gramscian Perspectives on Migration and Civil Society (Pluto Press, 2016). He is author of Discurso y autonomía zapatista (Peter Lang, 2013) and Sociology of Discourse: From Institutions to Social Change (John Benjamins, 2015).

* Pelle Dragsted

Member of Parliament for Enhedslisten as from 2015; formerly working as political advisor for the parliamentary group, both in charge of activities with the press and international issues.

Has worked as assistance at daycare, and others. Bachelor in history and Spanish, and further studies in rethoric and communication.

Offentligt møde: Skal vi fortsat ommøblere velfærdsstaten til konkurrencestat?

Torsdag d. 24. november 2016 kl. 19.30-22.00. Literaturhaus, Møllegade 7, 2200 N.

Velfærdsstaten er under afvikling – eller måske rettere under ommøblering til en konkurrencestat.
Nogle ser udviklingen af konkurrencestaten som en uomgængelig nødvendighed, hvis vi skal kunne klare os på det globale marked. For andre er
konkurrencestaten et hadeobjekt. Men kan vi udvikle et politisk og økonomisk holdbart alternativ? Skal 30 timers arbejdsuge være et aktuelt mål?

Ove Kaj Pedersen, professor og forfatter til “Konkurrencestaten”. Om konkurrencestaten som den ny velfærdsstat (30 min.)
Per Bregengaard, medlem af Enhedslistens Politisk Økonomisk Udvalg. Om udvalgets arbejde med Enhedslistens produktionspolitik (10 min.)
Rune Lund, folketingsmedlem, Enhedslisten. Om Enhedslistens parlamentariske arbejde mod konkurrencestaten og for alternative veje (20 min.)
Diskussion mellem panel og deltagere om tema og oplæg

Arr. Enhedslisten: Afdelingerne på Nørrebro og Politisk Økonomisk Udvalg samt Transform!Danmark

Slaget om Latinamerikas fremtid – samtale med Emir Sader 20/9

Tid: Tirsdag 20 sept 2016 kl 19-21
Sted: Internationalt Forum, Griffenfeldtsg. 41, 2200 København

Højrefløjen er i offensiven i Latinamerika. I Brasilien er landets præsident Dilma netop blevet afsat ved et kup gennemført af parlamentet. I flere andre lande har venstrefløjen mistet den parlamentariske magt.

Sociale bevægelser og progressive regeringer har de sidste femten år lykkedes med at gennemføre samfundsreformer, der haft stor betydning for den fattige befolkning. Kløfterne mellem rig og fattig er blevet mindsket og et spirende velfærdssystem har taget form.

Hvad ligger bag højrefløjens offensiv? Er det en “ny” og “moderne” højrefløj? Hvilke modstrategier er der? Er dette afslutningen på drømmen om et nyt Latinamerika?

Samtale med den brasilianske sociolog Emir Sader om den nye situation i Latinamerika, med fokus på Brasilien. Emir Sader er i dag professor emeritus ved det statslige universitet i Rio de Janeiro. Han er tidligere generaldirektør for Latin American Social Science Research Council (CLACSO), og en af initiativtagerne bag World Social Forum, og var ligeledes med til at oprette arbejderpartiet PT. Emir har i over 40 år arbejdet som marxistisk teoretiker med fokus på den sociale og politiske udvikling i Latinamerika.

Mødet vil foregå på spansk/portugisisk med tolkning til dansk.

Arrangører: Enhedslistens Latinamerikagruppe, Internationalt Forum, Det ny Clarté, Transform Danmark, Grupo Salvador Allende, Uruguay Cultural.


Udvinding af råstoffer i Grønland – Er det en god ide? 6/6 kl 19

Mandag d. 6. juni 2016 kl. 19.00 – 22.00
Enhedslisten, Studiestræde 24, over gården, 1455 Kbh K

Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, MF, Inuit Ataqatigiit, IA
Christian Juhl, MF, Enhedslisten

Hvad er status nu?
Hvilke udenlandske mineselskaber er der aftaler med?
Konsekvenser af udvindingen for den grønlandske befolkning?
Konsekvenser for miljøet?
Udvindingen af uran?
Hvad er Danmarks rolle?

Arr: Transform!Danmark & Enhedslisten

Generalforsamling d 26/5-16 kl 17 og møde om Grønland d 6/6-16 kl 19

Til Medlemmer og interesserede i Transform!Danmark

I indkaldes og inviteres hermed til Transform!Danmarks årlige Generalforsamling, der finder finder sted torsdag den 26.
maj, kl. 17, i Solidaritetshuset, Griffenfeldsgade 42, 2200 Kbh. N.

Ifølge vedtægterne skal dagsorden for ordinær generalforsamling som minimum indeholde følgende punkter:

1. Valg af dirigent
2. Årsberetning samt godkendelse heraf
3. Fremlæggelse af regnskab, budget og kontingent samt godkendelse heraf.
4. Indkomne forslag. Forslag skal være indkommet senest en uge før generalforsamlingen.
5. Valg til bestyrelse
6. Valg af revisor
7. Eventuelt

En uge inden generalforsamlingen udsendes en reminder med en evt. uddybet dagsordenen samt med forslag til beretning og arbejdsplan for det næste år.
Bestyrelsen har først for nylig afholdt sit første møde siden den internationale Transform konference den 12. marts, der igen i år var meget vellykket.
En rappport på engelsk om konferencen sendes senere. Næsten alle taler og 2 videoer er nu lagt på hjemmesiden, se:
Bestyrelsen har besluttet at næste års internationale Transform konference finder sted lørdag den 18. marts 2017.

Transform!Danmarks vedtægter vedhæftes.

Alle interesserede er velkomne til generalforsamlingen.
Kontinget er 100 kr. årligt, der kan indbetales på konto nummer: 8411 – 4155593

Møde om Grønland d 6/6-16 kl 19

Endelig gøres I opmærksom på, at Transform!Danmark afholder offentligt debatmøde mandag den 6. juni, kl. 19 i Studiestræde 24, stuen, lokalet over gården. Mødet handler om udvinding af råstoffer i Grønland.
Vedr. dette se nedenfor. En flyer med det endelige program udsendes snart.

De bedste hilsner,
Transform!Danmarks bestyrelse