Organizing alternative economy movements

Partial Lessons Learned

8 April 2019
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Venue: Department of Sociology and Social Research, via Verdi, 26 - Trento,  Meeting Room - Third Floor
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

 Organized by the Research Group on Collective Action, Change and Transition (CoACT)  research unit


  • Mikko Laamanen - Royal Holloway, University of London


  • Francesca Forno – Università di Trento


Abstract: Recently, studies on how social movement organising takes place have focussed on how contemporary movements envision and incorporate new modes of coordination and collaboration into their repertoires of action. This newness of organising is considered a reaction to the failure of traditional SMOs to ameliorate the problems of exclusion in the contemporary social, economic and  political settings. Consequently, organising has taken on practices that attempt to render communities less reliant on predetermined structures and positional power thereby prefiguring a more inclusive and participatory future. Such organising is partial inasmuch as it exists between “formality and fluidity”. During this seminar, I will illustrate how alternative economy movement organising is enfolding in a complementary currency community, the Helsinki Timebank. My ongoing engagement with the community since 2015 has focussed on organising dynamics within and without the community. The lessons learned about these organising dynamics in connection with the theory of partial organization
bring forth a new approach in dealing with the dilemma of organising in social movement theory.

Short bio: Mikko Laamanen (PhD Hanken School of Economic) is Lecturer at the School of Management at Royal Holloway, University of London (United Kingdom). His research investigates collective action, identity, and inclusion in the context alternative economies, professions, and lifestyles. His work has examined the contours of the sharing economy and its organising mechanisms, strategic practices in trade unions and around professional work, and subcultural communities. His research has been published in Marketing Theory, International Journal of Consumer Studies, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Marketing Management, Journal of Macromarketing, The Springer Handbook
of Social Movements Across Disciplines, The Routledge Handbook on Consumption, and The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations.