Economics of Happiness Conference
Thursday, November 8th – Friday, November 9th, 2018
Jeonju, South Korea
Local Futures continues its unique and ongoing collaboration with the city government of Jeonju. Between the 8th and 9th of November, 2018, we will be cohosting the fourth Economics of Happiness conference in a row in Jeonju City*.
Since the first landmark conference in 2015, resulting in the Jeonju Declaration on the Economics of Happiness, the local government, headed by Mayor Kim Seung-soo, has been committed to:
“shift[ing] its administrative system away from a paradigm that prioritizes growth and development towards one that puts people first [and] to create an economy that works for the people and makes local communities happy”
This year´s conference will focus on three threads: urban regeneration and the active involvement of residents; local food and Jeonju´s food plan and policy, with special focus on producers, and; local finance strategies, including a local currency pilot project.
The event will furthermore serve as a next step in a process of cross-pollination between the Japanese localisation/economics of happiness movement and that of South Korea. This process commenced last year, when several members of the economics of happiness organizing committee in South Korea, took part in the Economics of Happiness World Forum, in Tokyo in 2017. This time around, two key change-makers from the Japanese World Forum, will be assisting in Jeonju, to share about localisation trends, strategies and initiatives in Japan.
The two-day conference program includes a mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions and workshops organised around the three threads of local regeneration, food and finance.
Download our official event poster here: Economics of Happiness Conference Jeonju 2018.
International speakers will include:
Junko Edahiro (Japan)
Co-Founder of Japan for Sustainability and President of the Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society
Helena Norberg-Hodge (UK/Australia)
Director, Local Futures, author of Ancient Futures and producer of The Economics of Happiness
Takahashi Hiromichi (Japan)
Executive director of Japan´s most innovative farmers-consumer food cooperative, the PAL System
Junko Edahiro (Japan) is an environmental journalist and researcher whose publications include Beyond ‘Eco’: How to Make a Happy Future, and A way Out of the Energy Crisis. She is the founder and President of the Institute for Studies in Happiness Economy and Society, and co-founder of Japan for Sustainability. Junko plays a major role in the slow movments in Japan and works with many organisations and initiatives including Change Agent and the Candle Night campaign.
Jay Tompt (UK) is co-founder of the Totnes REconomy Project, and associate lecturer in economics at Plymouth University. Jay co-developed the Transition Network REconomy Project’s Local Economic Blueprint course and handbook, co-founded the Totnes REconomy Centre, and developed the Local Entrepreneur Forum model. He’s worked with groups in many communities picking up these models. He has also developed a course on ‘Citizen-led Economics’, as well as led workshops and given talks in Europe, USA and Japan. Prior to moving to the UK from San Francisco, Jay spent 10 years as entrepreneur and consultant in the ‘green business movement’, after a 12-year career in Silicon Valley. Jay holds an MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a BA in Philosophy from San Jose State University. He’s also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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.