Economics of Happiness Conference
Saturday, September 29th – Sunday, September 30th, 2018
Villa San Leonardo al Palco and Teatro Politeama
Join us for another Economics of Happiness conference in beautiful Prato near Florence, Italy.
A number of stimulating workshops are planned on September 29th in the beautiful Villa san Leonardo al Palco on such topics as rethinking progress, decolonizing our imaginations, local food and farming, media and the fabrication of thought, happiness and place, culture and education, happiness and health. The event will be in Italian language.
International speakers will include:
Serge Latouche (France)
radical economist and degrowth pioneer
George Ferguson (UK)
People & Cities; former mayor of Bristol
Manish Jain (India)
education activist and co-founder of Swaraj University
Keibo Oiwa (Japan)
founder of the Sloth Club and author of Slow is Beautiful
Helena Norberg-Hodge (UK/Australia)
director of Local Futures and producer of The Economics of Happiness
Among the Italian speakers will be:
co-founder of the Association for Degrowth
vice-president of Medicina Democratic
Guido Della Casa
deep ecology author and lecturer
activist monk and public water advocate
Lucia Mieli Manzolini
journalist and author
historian and critic of development
Goldman Environmental Prize winner
Serge Latouche (France) was born in Vannes on January 12th, 1940. He is emeritus professor of economics at the University of Paris-Sud and one of the leading theorists of the emerging degrowth movement that has its main roots among French and Italian thinkers (decroissance, decrescita).
George Ferguson (UK) has an international profile as an advocate for liveable cities and the global environment. He was President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) from 2003 to 2005 and the first elected Mayor of Bristol, UK (2012-16). In the 90’s he developed the ‘Tobacco Factory’ in South Bristol, a model for culture-led city regeneration. He was awarded a CBE by the Queen for services to architecture and the community in 2010.
Manish Jain (India) is co-founder of Shikshantar: The Peoples’ Institute for Re-thinking Education and Development and co-founder of Swaraj University, which is dedicated to the regeneration of local culture, economy and ecology. He is the editor of several books on such themes as learning societies, unlearning, gift culture, community, and tools for deep dialogue.
Keibo Oiwa (Japan) is a cultural anthropologist, environmentalist and professor of International Studies at Meiji Gakuin Univeristy. He is founder of the Sloth Club, Japan’s leading ‘Slow Life’ environmental group. His books include ‘Slow Is Beautiful‘ and ‘The Japan We Never Knew: A Journey of Discovery‘ (co-authored with David Suzuki).
Helena Norberg-Hodge (UK/ Australia) is a pioneer of the new economy movement. Her inspirational book Ancient Futures has been translated into more than 35 languages. She is co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home and From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture and the producer of documentary The Economics of Happiness. She also is the director of Local Futures and a founding member of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG) and Global Ecovillage Network.