Join us for an inspiring workshop that can help you become an effective activist for systems change
May 13th – 14th, 2017
91 Main Arm Road
Mullumbimby, NSW 2482,
More and more people are becoming aware that there is something fundamentally wrong with the global economy that shapes our lives. Yet the economic juggernaut can sometimes seem too powerful to stop – leading to disengagement or a focus on symptoms rather than on the failing system itself.
This workshop will provide a big-picture analysis, and will explore how we can build up a critical mass of people for systemic change: moving away from a corporate-controlled growth economy towards regional economies in service of people and the planet.
We will gain a clear – and empowering – understanding of the root causes of the many problems we face. We will look critically at the limitations of commonly-proposed strategies for change, such as green market solutions, ethical consumerism and investment, carbon trading etc.. Most importantly, we will lay out the multiple benefits of localization. A shift in this direction can not only reduce pollution, but increase job opportunities and strengthen democracy. A world in which society shapes business, rather than the other way round.
We´ll introduce a host of inspiring localization initiatives from across the world and some of the key networks working for a new economy:
- Via Campesina, an international network representing millions of small farmers worldwide;
- The Five Star Movement in Italy, the anticorruption citizens´ movement that successfully overthrew Berlusconi, Italy´s Trump;
- Other networks: Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (US), Degrowth Movement (international), New Economy Coalition (US), Social Economy Movement (Korea), Buen Vivir (Latin America), Next System Project (US), New Economy and Social Innovation (international), Radical Ecological Democracy (India) and the Rural Reconstruction Movement (China).
Through a combination of presentations, discussions, exercises, games and role play, we will pinpoint key actions for effective change and ways in which to connect with others to build up a movement that can turn the tide.
The workshop will be facilitated by Helena Norberg-Hodge and Anja Lyngbaek.
Full Price: $ 120
Supporters Price: $ 180 (your support enables us to provide scholarships
for this workshop)
Concessionary Price: $60 (Please write to us if you want to apply for a
PAYMENT SHOULD BE MADE IN ADVANCE OF THE WORKSHOP TO:
BSB: 032 573
Account number: 127881
Account name: ISEC
When you make the deposit/transfer, please add the text: BPAW + YOUR NAME, so that we know what the payment is for and who made it. Also, please notify us at [email protected] when the payment has been made. The notification counts as registration.
To register and for more information contact:
Phone: 0409 410 454
Email: [email protected]
Helena Norberg-Hodge (UK) is pioneer of the worldwide localisation movement, and recipient of the Goi Peace prize and the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. She is the producer of the award-winning The Economics of Happiness and author of Ancient Futures – based on her in-depth knowledge of ancient Tibetan culture. She is the founder of Local Futures and International Alliance for Localization (IAL) and a founding member of the International Forum on Globalisation (IFG) and The Global Ecovillage Network.
Anja Lyngbaek (Denmark) is the Associate Programs Director of Local Futures. Anja holds a BSc in Rural Resource Management and an M.Phil. in Agroforestry from the University of Wales, Bangor. Anja has a special interest in organic food and farming and has worked on these issues for over 30 years in different parts of the world. In 2000, she helped start Local Futures’ Local Food Program – the first of its kind in the UK. For the past twelve years, Anja has worked in Mexico, where she co-founded a local NGO and runs courses and workshops on a wide range of issues.