October 27th – 29th, 2017
200 Battery Way
Let’s create an economy
that works for us all
Join us at the Economics of Happiness conference to discuss, discover and devise better systems for now and the future. Get involved in a new project. Find out how to make your work more effective. Link up with local initiatives. Explore new policies. Deconstruct the old. See the connections. Articulate solutions. Get engaged in creating the New Economy – one that works for people and the planet!
This conference, jointly organized by Local Futures, the Living Economies Forum, and The Happiness Project, will be held at Fort Worden, a beautiful State Park on Puget Sound in Port Townsend.
The program will include plenaries, panels, interactive workshops and other participatory sessions. The wide range of inter-connected topics will include: the New Economy movement, income inequality, local food and regenerative agriculture, public policy, local business, cooperatives, Transition Town initiatives, community-sourced finance, connection to nature, education, intentional communities, climate and environmental justice, and the impact of the economy on our psychological well-being.
|Richard Heinberg – Sebastopol, CA is a Senior Fellow of Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels. He has authored more than a dozen books and has written for Nature, The Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor and many other publications. He has delivered hundreds of lectures on energy and climate issues to audiences around the world.|
|John de Graaf – Seattle, WA is an author, filmmaker and Executive Director of Take Back Your Time. He is a co-founder of The Happiness Initiative and recently served as an advisor to the government of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness proposal for the United Nations. Among his many documentary films is the influential and popular Affluenza.|
|Helena Norberg–Hodge – Byron Bay, Australia is a pioneer of the worldwide localization movement, and recipient of the Goi Peace prize and the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. Director of Local Futures, she is the producer of the award-winning film The Economics of Happiness and author of Ancient Futures – based on her in-depth knowledge of Ladakh, an ancient culture on the Tibetan Plateau.|
|Judy Wicks – Philadelphia, PA is an author, activist, entrepreneur, and a pioneer in the local food movement. Judy Wicks founded Philadelphia’s iconic White Dog Cafe in 1983. She is the founder of Fair Food Philly and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, and co-founder of the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). Good Morning, Beautiful Business, Judy’s acclaimed memoir, won a national gold medal for business leadership.|
|David Korten – Bainbridge Island, WA is co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, president of the Living Economies Forum, an associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies and a member of the Club of Rome. His books include Agenda for a New Economy and the international best-seller When Corporations Rule the World.|
|Sarah Van Gelder – WA is co-founder and editor-at-large of YES! Magazine, and the author of The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America. She is also the editor of Sustainable Happiness: Living Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference, and This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99 Percent Movement.|
|Michael Ableman – Saltspring Island, BC is an organic farmer, speaker, photographer and author. His books include From the Good Earth, Fields of Plenty, and Street Farm. Considered one of the fathers of the urban agriculture movement, Michael is the recipient of an environmental leadership award from the governor of California, the SUSTIE award from the Ecological Farming Association, and a Food Hero award from Eating Well magazine.|
|Brandy Gallagher – Shawnigan lake, BC is the founder of OUR Ecovillage, a 25-acre sustainable village community in British Columbia. OUR Ecovillage is founded on permaculture principles and aims at social, ecological, and economic well being.|
|John Lupinacci – Seattle, WA is Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Thought in Education at Washington State University. His research focuses on how people learn to both identify and examine the destructive habits of modern human culture. He is the co-author of Ecojustice Education: Towards Diverse, Democratic and Sustainable Communities.|
|Rachel Maxwell – Seattle, WA is the co-founder of Community Sourced Capital (CSC), a community-based crowd-sourced lending platform that helps people share their money with businesses they know and love. In three years CSC deployed almost two million dollars in 100 loans to neighborhood businesses involving over 6,000 people.|
|Deric Gruen manages the Rethinking Prosperity project at the University of Washington Center for Communication and Civic Engagement. He consults on initiatives at the intersections of equity, environment, and the economy. Current projects include Front and Centered, a coalition working for equitable and effective state climate policy in Washington State and the Seattle Good Business Network’s Local Economy Leaders Lab. Deric is a Board member of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI).|
|Larkin Stentz – Long Beach, WA has been the steward of Green Angel Gardens organic farm and sustainable living center for the last 11 years in Long Beach Washington. During this time over 125 interns and woofers from around the world have trained there. Over the past 20 years Larkin has taught Bio-intensive food production in elementary schools, high schools, and junior colleges. He is a board member of Washington Tilth Producers, a concert and recording artist, writer and devoted spiritual seeker.|
|Laurence Cole has the extraordinary gift of bringing people together in group song. Part of his mission is to re-acquaint people with their birthright and natural ability to make beautiful and meaningful sound together. Group singing is one of the most ancient and primal ‘technologies of belonging’ that we humans have been using since our earliest times, possibly before speech itself. When we make joyous and passionate song together, it nourishes our souls and offers an enlivening gift back to the natural world that made us and gives us our sustenance and our very being.|
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