The productivity of the machine, the sea and the sleeping child

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International Oikonomia - The productivity of the machine, the sea and the sleeping child

International Oikonomia / Workcamp Camp

Date: 05/08/2023 - 11/08/2023
Arrivals at 17:00 of 05 August
Departures at 10:00 of 11 August

Economy is about the exchange of goods. Those goods are outputs that are produced with all kinds of inputs. But something happens on the way between inputs and outputs. What is the difference between a craftsperson who makes a carpet and a factory that produces thousands of them in the same day? Why are some areas developing so rapidly they are in danger of falling apart while others seem frozen in time?

A lot of these things are related to the concept of “productivity”, which has been central to economic theory since the beginning but has taken on a whole new meaning in the age of rapid technological development and societal transformation. Everything seems to be solvable with the slogan “bigger, faster, stronger” these days. But when does ‘more’ really make us happy? When does productivity make us feel better, when doesn’t it? How do we understand the value of unproductivity? Where is the boundary between productive vs. unproductive? And how might we try to balance them?

This year’s camp asks what part productivity plays in your life, and why we all seem to focus on it so much these days. We welcome you to learn about the origins of the concept, how it has changed over the past decades, and to explore what it means today, in general terms and for each of us. We will do so through non-formal education activities, opening up debates and discussions, watching movies and playing games. Participate in a seven-day journey to exchange, discuss, and generate ideas about what productivity means to us, while learning about how Agape deals with the issue and what we can learn from that.

Participating in a camp at Agape means to take a part in the community life of the Center for a week. Those who come to Agape, whether to take part in a camp, in a study visit or to spend some time off, are invited to respect some rules.
  • Participants accept taking part in the camp life and its educational activities entirely.
  • In case you leave in advance, fees won’t be reimbursed, not even partially.
  • Guests have to bring a valid ID.
  • We ask each participant to help setting the table and drying dishes, both because it is a necessary support and because to us, this is a way of sharing our work.
  • Agape is not responsible for accidents or damage happening during the camps in case of violation of internal rules. The Center is responsible for participants’ cash and belongings only if these are given to Agape to be kept in a safe. Agape will ask for the refund of any damage caused by the guests.
  • During winter time, it snows in Agape (which is at 1,600 meters a.s.l.). You will need to bring warm and comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • The rooms have three or four beds each and bathrooms are on the same floor. There are no single or double rooms. Agape provides sheets and blankets, but guests are required to bring their own towels.
  • Due to health and safety rules, it is not allowed to bring dogs or other animals to Agape.
  • Agape cannot provide medicines. Since the pharmacy in Prali is not open every day, you will need to bring the medicine you need with you.

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Fees according to your possibilities

It's possibile to apply to this event

Maximum campers: 65


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Quota 0 €288.00
Quota Ridotta €258.00
Quota 1 €324.00
Quota 2 €372.00

Registration Information

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