Publication in English

At the expanse of others

The „I.L.A. collective“ formed during a year-long writing workshop with the theme „The Imperial Mode of Living: Structures of Exploitation in the 21st Century“ that resulted in this publication.

The  German version of the book is available here as a free download.

The English version will be available in print published by oekom on the 9th of september.

Every month from september on, one chapter will be made avaible as a free download here:

01 At the Expense of Others: Preface and Introduction


10 At the Expense of Others: Glossary

11 At the Expense of Others: Bibliography

I.L.A.-Writing Workshop (2016/2017)

The I.L.A. Werkstatt ran from 01. April 2016 to 31. May 2017 as a project of the non-profit association Common Future e.V. under the direction of Dr. Thomas Kopp and Dipl.-Ing. Karin Walther.

The I.L.A. Werkstatt is an interdisciplinary collective of young researchers and activists from a variety of fields. We are part of a diverse set of emancipatory movements within the broader field of global justice. Our work aims to make the concept of the imperial mode of living accessible to a wider public and contribute towards an ecologically sustainable and socially just mode of production and living.

Questions may be directed to ila_info[at]

Our interdisciplinary collective consists of 15 young scientists. Together, we wrote this dossier over the course of one year. We have academic education in economics, Development and Agricultural Economics, Political Science, Political Economy, International Relations, Educational Science, Environmental Sciences, Sustainability Science, History and Law. In addition to our work in the I.L.A. Collectively, we study and work at universities, non-governmental organizations, social movements or in trade unions.

From 2017 on the project of the writing workshop has continued. The second group published the “Das Gute Leben für Alle” (The Good Life for All) in 2019.

Application are open for the third ILA-Workshop, that will develop strategies and projects of change.

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If you want to participate in future projects or are simple interested in information on publications or events organized by our collective simply send us an email and we’ll keep you posted.