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mix of plenary talks, films, workshops and open space discussions, we will look beyond single-issue approaches and the outdated theater of Left/Right politics to explore the power of systemic change at both the community and policy level.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
Helena Norberg-Hodge (Sweden/Australia)
Director, Local Futures, author of Ancient Futures and producer of The Economics of Happiness
Anja Lyngbaek (Denmark/Mexico)
Associate Programs Director at Local Futures and new economy activist
Andy Street (UK)
Founding Director of global environmental consultancy SLR
Andrew Garrad (UK)
Founding Director of Garrad Hassan, the world’s largest renewable energy consultancy
Mary Daniels (UK)
Workshop facilitator, Coach, TEDx speaker and published author
Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
Speakers/ Presenters’ Biography
Andrew Simms (UK) Author, political economist and campaigner. His most recent book is Cancel the Apocalypse: The New Path to prosperity. He co-founded the New Weather Institute, is a research associate at the Centre for Global Political Economy, University of Sussex, and a fellow of the New Economics Foundation where he was policy director for many years. His other books include The New Economics; Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth; Ecological Debt; Tescopoly; and he is currently writing Economics – a crash course, with David Boyle.
Michael Shuman (USA) Economist, attorney and expert on community economics. Author of ten books, including Local Dollars, Local Sense; The Small-Mart Revolution; Going Local; and The Local Economy Solution. He is also director of Local Economy Projects for Telesis Corporation (an affordable housing company), a founding partner of Local Analytics, and an adjunct professor at Bard Business School.
Helena Norberg-Hodge (Sweden/ Australia) Director of Local Futures, author and producer. Pioneer of the new economy movement and recipient of the Alternative Nobel prize, the Goi Peace Prize and the Arthur Morgan Award. Author of the inspirational classic Ancient Futures and of Localization: Essential Steps to an Economics of Happiness, and producer of the award-winning film The Economics of Happiness.
Liz Zeidler (UK) Founding Director and Chief Executive of Happy City. A ground-breaking Charity and Social Enterprise that works to ‘make what matters count’, Happy City takes bold ambitions for a radically new economy fit for the 21st century and provides practical solutions that can be delivered right now by local leaders across all sectors. Her passion for challenging the causes of our social and environmental challenges comes from nearly 30 years of experience working with organisations and individuals at all levels across four continents.
George Ferguson (UK) First Elected Mayor of Bristol (2012-16) and People & Cities. He has an international profile as an advocate for liveable cities and the global environment. He developed the Tobacco Factory and Bristol Beer Factory, models for food and culture-led community regeneration, in South Bristol. He was President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 2003-05 and was awarded a CBE by the Queen for services to architecture and the community in 2010.
Colin Tudge (UK) Biologist by education and a writer by inclination and by trade. He is the author of fifteen or so books of which about half are on food and farming. He is a co-founder of the Real Farming Trust and the Oxford Real Farming Conference and now, with a lot of help from friends, is helping to set up the College for Real Farming and Food Culture.
Stephan Harding (UK) Deep ecologist and Director of the MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College. He is the author of Animate Earth and editor of Grow Small, Think Beautiful. He has taught alongside many world-leading ecological thinkers and activists and has a great gift for helping people reconnect with nature.
Mike Zeidler (UK) Co-founder of Happy City, the Association of Sustainability Practitioners, and the Funky Spaces Network. He is a facilitator, entrepreneur and organisational coach. He has a natural talent for making connections between people in different fields, sparking partnerships for positive change.
Anja Lyngbaek (Denmark/ Mexico) Associate Programs Director at Local Futures and new economy activist. She is the coordinator of the International Alliance for Localization. She lives in Mexico on a small-holding with her family. She co-founded Microcuenca del Rio Citlalapa – a local NGO in Veracruz, focused on sustainable community development, and a rural primary school with similar goals.
Stewart Wallis (UK) Former director of New Economics Foundation and co-founder of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance. He has worked in several industries plus at the World Bank in Washington D.C. and the New Economics Foundation. He was awarded the OBE for services to Oxfam in 2002. He is also a Trustee of the Overseas Development Institute and Habitat for Humanity.
Andrew Kelly (UK) Director of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership, the Bristol Festival of Ideas and the Festival of the Future City. He’s promoted innovative and philosophical thought in the city since 1993 covering all manner of social influences from war and slavery to architecture, engineering and sustainability. Author of 12 books, he is now writing about the future of cities.
Andy Street (UK) Founding Director of global environmental consultancy SLR. He is passionate about issues of social justice and inequality and involved in numerous related projects across the City.
Andrew Garrad (UK) Founding Director of Garrad Hassan, the world’s largest renewable energy consultancy. He has served as President of the European Wind Energy Association and chaired Bristol’s year as European Green Capital.
Mary Daniels (UK) Described by Princess Badiya of Jordan as “A very inspiring lady…” and “A powerhouse destined for greatness.” by best selling author Robert Holden. A powerful storyteller, coach, workshop facilitator, inspiring TEDx speaker and published author, Mary Daniels has spent over 25 years coaching and mentoring vulnerable and young people in the community.
Shankari Raj (Sri Lanka) is an architect, and director of Nudge Group, a practice she founded to challenge traditional approaches to architecture head-on. She is dedicated to community-led projects delivering social, environmental and financial benefits. She communicates this to the students she teaches as a visiting lecturer at Cardiff University. She was born in Sri Lanka, and grew up in Nigeria, Oman and then London. She is on the Board of Trustees for BATB (British Architectural Trust Board) and Love the Future.