We are preparing the second online course on Associative Economics. The content of the course is Associative Economics in Agriculture and the Food Industry. How is agricultural production linked to processing, trade, and consumption, and how can associations help to act in solidarity out of an awareness of the social whole, while also operating freely and individually? We start with the basics of associative economics and then explore the topic more deeply through analyzing company and value chain on their associative elements. We sit at the round table, exchange about true prices and common sense and put agriculture in context with the world and the historical development of the economy.
This course is provided by the Section of Agriculture in collaboration with Biodynamic Federation-Demeter International and is designed for people who work in the field of organic / biodynamic agriculture and food production, trade or distribution, as well as for people working in the field of advisory services, or in training. A basic interest in the anthroposophical background should be present.
A participant feedback from the first course in March 2022:
“This Associative Economics course was filled with excitement and enthusiasm as together we brainstormed real-world economic problems and conjured up logical solutions. It learning felt practical and deep and I appreciated every minute!” — May 2022, Arizona Muse, Founder of DIRT about the first course on "Associative Economics"
Course leader & main contributors
The course lasts four weeks, with a maximum weekly workload of 6h, of which a 3h15min face-to-face.
It is structured using various components and designed in such a way that it can easily be attended on a part-time basis:
Monday's Live session via Zoom
6.03.2023, 13.03.2023, 20.03.2023 (13:00-15:00 CET, UTC+1)
27.03.2023 (13:30 -15:30 CEST, UTC+2)
Thursday's Live sessions via Zoom
09.03.2023, 16.03.2023, 23.03.2023(13:30-14:45 CET, UTC+1)
30.03.2023 (13:30-14:45 CEST, UTC+2)
Practical exercises as well as self-study and peer group learning accompany and connect the regular live sessions during the four weeks of the course.
More information will follow
Participation fee: CHF 300
Participation for middle income countries + students: CHF 120
Participation fee for low income countries and students from middle income countries: CHF 65
Required learning material
World Economy, GA 340, Rudolf Steiner
The Agriculture Course, GA 327, Rudolf Steiner
Associative Economics. How did Rudolf Steiner define an economic association? by Rudolf Isler & Ueli Hurter (english pdf will be provided after registration)
Manual on associative Economics by BFDI (english pdf will be provided after registration)
Desktop, Laptop or Tablet Computer with up-to-date browser and, microphone & video camera
Zoom Application (Zoom Client for Meetings, free download: https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting)
Telegram app for in-between conversion with other students: https://telegram.org/
This ibasic course is designed for people who work in the field of organic / biodynamic agriculture and food production, trade or distribution, as well as for people working in the field of advisory services, or in training. The course is addressed to people who already have previous knowledge. A basic interest in the anthroposophical background should be present.