Community Economies at the Society for Applied Anthropology


In March, Stephen Healy (Western Sydney University) and Boone Shear (University of Massachusetts) attended the Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Portland, Oregon. 

The meeting theme was "Engaging Change in Turbulent Times", and they presented in a session on "Designs for Teaching Other Worlds".

Dr Healy's paper addressed the heat effects of increasing temperatures in cities such as Sydney, Australia, and he talked about how, even though air-conditioning had become the default norm, there are environmental design options such as those that feature in his collaborative research on Cooling the Commons.

Dr Shear's paper was based on his research into the solidarity economy in Massachusetts and the importance of the solidarity economy's values of cooperation and democracy, and sociability and interdependence for students who increasingly face feelings of discordance.

Their presentations feature in a podcast from the meeting.

The session was organised by Community Economies Research Network (CERN) member, Dr Josh Fisher from Western Washington University.