At the Expense of Others?
How the imperial mode of living prevents a good life for all

By (author) I.L.A. Kollektiv


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The non-profit association Common Future e.V. from Göttingen, Germany is active in a number of projects focussing on global justice and socio-ecological business approaches. The association organised the I.L.A. Werkstatt: "Imperial Modes of Living – Structures of Exploitation in the 21st Century". The interdisciplinary I.L.A. Kollektiv was born, consisting of 17 young researchers and activists. Their goal: dedicating a whole year to the scientific study of the imperial mode of living and bringing their results to a wider audience.


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This text presents the concept of an imperial mode of living and explains how our current way of life is putting both people and the natural world under strain.