Mi You explored how care is practised in self-organising communities through a feminist lens. She proposed that we employ ‘abundance thinking’ to tackle the questions of care, an example of how her work rethinks entrepreneurialism from a Marxist perspective. ‘Abundance thinking’ provides a framework whereby contemporary cultural movements might assess what is considered to be of value not based on scarcity but on availability. She demonstrated how abundance could be utilised with reference to the development of prototypes for alternative currencies. Using various works in documenta fifteen as case studies, You argued that artist collectives serve as important figures in the models to support the development of systems of care.
Melani Budianta’s presentation on the solidarity economy in Central Sulawesi and Central Java provided concrete examples of social entrepreneurship by village women producing solidarities between nature and people. In contrast to the case studies presented by Caleo and You, these creative empowerment movements did not isolate themselves from the dominant marketplace. The village here becomes an important ‘breathing space’ where women can redefine their agencies and reshape their roles in supporting the community.