October 16th – 17th, 2019
Korean Traditional Culture Center
Jeonju, South Korea
Local Futures continues its unique and ongoing collaboration with the city government of Jeonju by hosting another Economics of Happiness conference in the city – our fifth in what has become an annual event.
Our first Jeonju conference in 2015 resulted in the Jeonju Declaration on the Economics of Happiness, in which the local government committed:
“to shift 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.”
The conference will focus on three inter-related topics: public banks, local food, and urban regeneration through community restoration. The two-day conference program will include a mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions and workshops.
Along with an impressive array of voices from South Korea, we’re bringing three international speakers to the conference: Ellen Brown (USA), Della Duncan (UK), and Anja Lyngbaek (Denmark/Mexico).
Confirmed Korean Speakers
– Director, Mokpo Urban Regeneration Support Center
– Head of Jeonju Urban Regeneration Support Center Team
– Manager, Jeonju Food Integrated Support Center
– Aide to National Assembly Member Kim Hyun-gon
– Director, Local Agriculture Research Institute
– Secretary-general, Wonju Food Cooperative
– Chairman, Jeonju Food Producers Association
– Chairman, Jeonju Meal Service Cooperatives Association
– President, Jeonju Food Consumers Association
– President, Social Innovation Banking
– Professor, Jeonbuk National University
– Manager, Dongjak Credit Union
– Director, Resident Cooperative Council
– Chairman, Economic Community Association “Totori“
– Chairman, Gwangjin Social and Economic Network Enforcement
Confirmed International Speakers
Ellen Brown (USA) is the founder of the Public Banking Institute and the author of a dozen books and hundreds of articles. In her best-selling Web of Debt (2007, 2012), she analyzed the Federal Reserve and “the money trust,” showing how this private cartel has usurped the power to create money from the people themselves – and how we can get it back. In The Public Bank Solution (2013) she traced the evolution of two banking models – public and private –and explores contemporary public banking systems globally.
Ellen ran for California State Treasurer in 2014 and garnered a record number of votes for a Green Party candidate. You can read her blog or listen to her biweekly radio program “It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown” on the Progressive Radio Network.
Della Duncan (UK) is a Fellow at the International Inequalities Insitute at the London School of Economics and host of the Upstream Podcast, which focuses on stories of economic system change. She works with communities and organizations through workshops and consultancy projects, and offers livelihood coaching that helps individuals find their own unique contribution to economies where people and the planet matter.
Della holds a Master of Arts in Economics for Transition from Schumacher College, and a graduate certificate in Authentic Leadership from Naropa University. She has also completed Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects Intensive Program, and is a Gross National Happiness Trainer through the Gross National Happiness Center in Bhutan.
Anja Lyngbaek (Denmark/Mexico) is an Associate Director of Local Futures. She has a special interest in local and organic food and farming and has worked on these issues for over 30 years in different parts of the world. In the UK, she researched community supported agriculture, and worked with Local Futures to spearhead the first ever local food program in the country. She has lived and worked in Mexico for 15 years, where she has co-founded several projects: the food sovereignty group Grupo Ecologico y Tradiciones Agrarias; a newspaper supplement, La Hoja, that covers key environmental issues; Microcuenca del Rio Citlalapa AC, a local sustainable living NGO focused on agroecology, eco-design and place-based knowledge; and a land- and ecology-based primary school.
Anja gives talks and runs workshops relating to the new economy, globalisation, localisation, local food systems and living culture. She currently divides her time between her home in the eco-community Tierra de Niebla in Mexico and her native Denmark.