Lange, Bastian „Together is Better – Harnessing the creative power of urban collaborative spaces“ Governments have reacted differently across Europe during the pandemic, mainly aiming at saving lives among at-risk groups. Young adults and less at-risk groups, however, have slipped under the radar of these top-down policies and been marginalised. This has also been the case with fragile and small-scale places at the interface of institutional policies and social movements, such as makerspaces, coworking spaces, open workshops, creative labs, FabLabs and even urban gardening projects.

Bastian Lange comments on the Green Deal in the cultural sector. The move away from fossil fuels also raises questions about how the larger cultural institutions can adapt their CO2, raw material, waste and energy footprint to the guiding goals of the federal climate protection law. It is clear that the transformation of the cultural sector will require enormous financial resources, but these must not come from cultural pots. Why not use revenues from emissions trading, which after all amount to 12.5 billion euros in 2021, for this purpose? This would be an infrastructure measure with impact.

How does the COVID-19 pandemic affect the transformation of our economies? The ARL position paper presents a range of different interpretations of the pandemic from the perspective of the post-growth debate. Together with Dr. Martina Hülz (ARL), Prof. Dr. Christian Schulz (University of Luxembourg) and Dr. Benedikt Schmid (University of Freiburg), the diverse reactions in the context of post-growth approaches in the current academic situation are discussed. Key points of an emancipatory transition perspective will be pointed out. The paper was written in the working group „Post-growth Economies“ of the ARL.