Economics of Happiness Conference
Friday, October 19th – Sunday, October 21st, 2018
Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts
16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, UK
Join us in the bustling city of Bristol for a highly participatory Economics of Happiness conference, set to coincide with the Annual Summit of the Global Parliament of Mayors. This will be our eighteenth international conference aimed at catalyzing a new economy that works for both people and planet.
Local Futures is co-hosting the conference with Happy City (UK) – an NGO focused on place-based models of change that put the wellbeing of people first. The event will bring together diverse groups and individuals who are searching for real solutions to the growing crises we face – from endless financial insecurity to epidemics of anxiety and depression, from climate change to the erosion of democracy.
Through a lively mix of plenary talks, films, workshops and open space discussions, we will look beyond single-issue approaches and the outdated theater of Left/Right politics to explore the power of systemic change at both the community and policy level.
TOPICS TO BE ADDRESSED INCLUDE:
Moving Beyond Business-As-Usual Economics
Place-Based Planning & Development
Healthy Food Economies
Tackling The Roots of Depression
New Indicators of Progress
Take part in a ‘big picture’ journey of learning and exchange, and help to strengthen the worldwide movement for economic localisation. Localisation, we believe, is the most important strategy for creating a better world.
Note: The main part of the conference will take place at the Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts, but there will also be activities at St. George`s on Great George Street, and the Tobacco Factory on Raleigh Road.
Note that a limited number of early bird tickets are available.
Jonathan Dimbleby (UK)
BBC presenter of current affairs, political radio and TV, author and historian
Andrew Simms (UK)
new economics veteran and co-founder of the New Weather Institute
Michael Shuman (US)
Economist, attorney, author and globally recognized expert on local finance
Helena Norberg-Hodge (Sweden/Australia)
Director, Local Futures, author of Ancient Futures and producer of The Economics of Happiness
Liz Zeidler (UK/Australia)
Chief Executive of Happy City and facilitator of transformative learning
George Ferguson (UK)
Former mayor of Bristol, People & Cities, Bristol’s first International Ambassador
Colin Tudge (UK)
Journalist, defender of local food economies; co-founder of the Campaign for Real Farming
Stephan Harding (UK)
Deep ecologist, coordinator of holistic science at Schumacher College
Anja Lyngbaek (Denmark/Mexico)
Associate Programs Director at Local Futures and new economy activist
Stewart Wallis (UK)
Former director of New Economics Foundation and co-founder of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance
Andrew Kelly (UK)
Director of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and Bristol Festival of Ideas
Shankari Raj (Sri Lanka/UK)
Rebel architect, community activist and director of the Nudge Group
Please contact [email protected] with any questions.