Great to see this forum working and to read your introductions!
I’ve known the RH project for a couple of years but joined in only some months ago. I come from a solidarity economy/prefigurative politics background, much concentrated on the construction of “alternative” local economies and the sort. In the last years, I’ve been most inspired by the post-capitalist and anti-capitalocentric project by a bunch of feminist geographers (see communityeconomies.org).
Coming from this background, the strategy and methods of RH feel very different. Offensive, affirmative, creative, but also problematic (the “scandalous ethic”, for instance). And that problematic space is where I like to hang out. RH feels like an exciting and lively space where frictions are not stifled. What feels central to me is how very different anti- or post-capitalist projects (with their different economic ontologies and analyses, aims, methods, technologies, affective environments etc.) could more fruitfully coexist. RH feels like an inspiring environment for this kind of experimentation and the coexistence of different alterities (for instance visible in how RH supports “grassroots” projects).
Besides taking part in different economic projects here in Finland, I’m also working as a doctoral student at the Geography department of University of Oulu in northern Finland. I’m exploring the use of different post-capitalist tools (be they technological, pedagogical, metrological or whatever) and how engagements with these can be made aware of their own performativity, scope and challenges. What I’m trying to understand is how different projects practice their anti-hierarchic ideals through their tools and what kind of part these tools play in a becoming economic democracy. This researcher in me is highly interested in the fast technological and organisational developments of RH as well as the more theoretical discussions.
I hope to be able to join some physical meeting of RH soon. I’m also looking forward to opportunities to contribute in a practical way. I think this initiative is full of great potential and productive frictions, great to be onboard.