What is Life Projects Network?

This is the site of the ‘Life Projects Network,’ a portal to access a variety of ongoing experiments across the Americas that seek to foster the various practices of a good life that emerge from particular places, historical trajectories and conceptions of reality. The term ‘Life Projects’ is fundamentally a place holder that stands for practices of a good life that in one way or another differ from ‘Development Projects’ (in both, Right and Left wing versions), that is, visions and practices of a good life premised on the primacy of the ‘Human. ’ From a developmental perspective, a good life for Humans is achieved through the accumulative movement towards some sort of better place located in the (ever receding) future, even if that movement needs to be fueled by all kinds of environmental and social sacrifices in the present. To these visions and practices ( “Development”) we counterpoise “Life Projects.” Life projects constitute living examples that other good lives are possible beyond the developmentalist vision.

The portal is hosted by Dr. Mario Blaser, the  Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies at Memorial University. It intends to be a site of diffusion, discussion, sharing and learning about Life Projects across the Americas, particularly geared to activists, educators, scholars and the general public. The platform provides a series of templates to share resources generated by partners (individuals or organizations) that have joined the network. Thus, users of the portal can play either or both the roles of audience and content provider. However, to provide and personalize content, participate in some activities (online courses, conferences and seminars) users need to register. Non registered users have access to the public sections of the portal.

For an overvieweof the resources available in the portal click here.

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