March 20th – 22nd, 2020
Organised by The Economics of Happiness/ Local Futures and
New Economy Network Australia (NENA)
Byron Community Centre
Byron Bay, Australia
In cooperation with New Economy Network Australia, we are organising an inspiring 3-day event – called ‘Going Local: Hope in a Time of Crisis‘ – with a focus on bridging the gaps between single-issue activist campaigns and presenting a holistic strategy for social, ecological, and economic renewal.
How can we work together to create
a different economic system and
a more beautiful world?
Around the world, there are clear signs that people are ready for fundamental change. We’re now entering into a historic window of opportunity; we urgently need to show there’s a path forward that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously restoring secure livelihoods and reweaving the fabric of community. With this bigger picture in mind, we can unite single-issue campaigns and build a people’s movement powerful enough to translate grassroots solutions into structural policy change.
Within this context, the 2020 Conference has three key themes:
1. Understanding the dominant economic system and global market and its impact on democracy and local economies
2. Showcasing and amplifying strategies for reclaiming local economies for the benefit of people and planet
3. Stories of success – challenging corporate domination of national, regional and local economies
Program available soon!
Join us over three days (Friday evening, Saturday & Sunday) for discussions, discovery and collaboration.
Confirmed speakers include:
Charles Eisenstein (USA) is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and four children. Read more about Charles at http://charleseisenstein.net.
*Charles will be joining the conference remotely via video.
Dr. David Suzuki (Canada) is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2012 Inamori Ethics Prize, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and UNEP’s Global 500. Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 29 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the CBC science and natural history television series The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It’s a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies. In 1990 he co-founded with Dr. Tara Cullis, The David Suzuki Foundation to “collaborate with Canadians from all walks of life including government and business, to conserve our environment and find solutions that will create a sustainable Canada through science-based research, education and policy work.” His written work includes more than 55 books, 19 of them for children. Dr. Suzuki lives with his wife and family in Vancouver, B.C. Read more at http://www.davidsuzuki.org/david.
*David will be joining the conference remotely via video.
Helena Norberg-Hodge (Australia) is the founder and director of Local Futures. A pioneer of the new economy movement, she has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for over 40 years. She is the producer and co-director of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness, and is the author of Local is Our Future and Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh. She was honored with the Right Livelihood Award for her groundbreaking work in Ladakh, and received the 2012 Goi Peace Prize. Helena is also a founding member of the International Forum on Globalization, the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, and the Global Ecovillage Network.
Woman Stands Shining (Pat McCabe) (USA) was born into the Diné Nation (Navajo), and was adopted by the Lakota Spiritual way of life. She lives in northern New Mexico, where she spent younger years raising four sons and one daughter. Her gifts are being an articulator of visions, dreams, and symbols as the language of spiritual helpers reaching out to humanity; an enactor of Spiritual counsel; a passionate daughter of the Mother Earth; and an upholder of Mother Earth’s Authority at this time. She speaks, prays, and loves internationally, fully claiming her global citizenship. Current investigations for the healing of the Five-Fingered-Ones are: our use of western science practices to participate in Cause and Effect, the deep spiritual gift of our consent as activism, and the reconciliation between Men’s Nation and Women’s Nation for functional polarity and Thriving Life.
Damon Gameau (Australia) is a director, producer, activist, author, and nominee for Australian of the Year. In 2015 he released his first feature film That Sugar Film, which became the highest grossing Australian documentary across Australia and New Zealand of all time. It has received awards from around the world including the 2015 AACTA Award for Best Documentary. The accompanying book, That Sugar Book, was a best seller in Australia and has since been released in over 20 countries and 8 languages. Damon has recently completed the documentary 2040, which has also become one of the highest grossing Australian documentaries of all time. The 2040 ‘Regeneration’ impact campaign has brought many of the solutions shown in the film to life and has motivated people to take positive action on climate change. The film continues to be shown in schools, within corporations and at Parliamentary levels. It will be released globally in late 2019 and early 2020 along with the accompanying book 2040: A Handbook to the Regeneration.
Dr. Mary Graham (Australia) is a Kombumerri person (Gold Coast) through her father’s heritage and affiliated with Wakka Wakka (South Burnett) through her mother’s people. Mary has worked across several government agencies, community organisations and universities including: Department of Community Services, Aboriginal and Islander Childcare Agency, the University of Queensland and the Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action. Mary has also worked extensively for the Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action, as a Native Title Researcher and was also a Regional Counsellor for the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. Mary has been a lecturer with The University of Queensland, teaching Aboriginal history, politics and comparative philosophy. She has also lectured nationally on these subjects, and developed and implemented ‘Aboriginal Perspective’s’, ‘Aboriginal Approaches to Knowledge’ and at the post-graduation level ‘Aboriginal Politics’ into university curricula.
Berry Liberman (Australia) is the co-founder and creative director of Small Giants, an Impact family office based in Melbourne, Australia that invests in and nurtures businesses working towards a more just, sustainable and compassionate world. The Small Giants family of businesses includes Impact Investment Group, B Lab Australia, Peace Factory, Mossy Willow Farm, The School of Life Australia and Dumbo Feather among others. Berry is also the publisher of Dumbo Feather, a multi-platform media company that publishes long-form conversations with extraordinary thinkers and doers across the world. She believes the stories we tell have a profound effect on the lives we lead and the world we live in, and is passionate about creating spaces and communities that foster robust, substantive conversation.
Professor Wen Tiejun (China) is a renowned expert on social-economic sustainable development and rural issues, especially in policy studies on inclusive growth of rural and urban integration, regional comparative studies. It is because he has not only done more than 20 years policy studies in different Central Governments’ departments since 1980s, but also overseas’ researches appointed by WB, UN, EU, etc, before he was invited to be a dean in one of the top 10 universities in China. He has got State Council’s Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1998, China Central TV Annual Award to Top 10 Economic Talent in 2003, and Beijing Municipal Government Award of Outstanding Study Outcome in both 2010 and 2012, Ministry of Education Award on Outstanding Contribution of Social Science Studies in 2015.
Mika Tsutsumi (Japan) is an investigative journalist. Graduated from NY State University (International Relations) Master’s degree in International Relations at City University of New York. After working for the United Nations, Amnesty International, Wall Street, and Experienced 9・11, Tsutsumi became a journalist. She is well versed on USA Politics, Economy, Healthcare System, Social Welfare, Education, Energy, Agriculture, Public services, etc. Well known for an extensive investigative research through on-site coverage and analysis of official documents. Her book ‘Citizen’s Silent Revolution in USA” has won Kiyoshi Kuroda Journalist Prize of Japan Journalists Association. “USA~The Poverty Superpower” , won both Grand Prize of Kodansha New Book Award, and Japan Essayist Club Award, became national bestseller with sales of 730,000 copies. Many of her books have been translated overseas. Her latest book “Japan is for sale” has been sold 200,000 copies, become an instant best-seller as well.
Manish Jain (India) is a leading voice for the regeneration of diverse local knowledge systems, cultural imaginations, and the deschooling of our lives. He is the Co-Founder and coordinator of the Udaipur-based Shikshantar: The Peoples’ Institute for Rethinking Education and Development, and the co-founder of some of the most innovative educational experiments in the world: Swaraj University, the Jail University, the Creativity Adda, the Learning Societies Unconference, the Walkouts-Walkon network, Udaipur as a Learning City, and the Families Learning Together network. He recently helped to launch the global Ecoversities Network. Manish is the editor of several books on learning societies, unlearning, gift culture, community media, and tools for deep dialogue. Read more about Manish here.
Dr. Michelle Maloney (Australia) is a lawyer and change maker working to ensure human societies live within their ecological limits, respect the Rights of Nature to exist and thrive, and build effective economic systems that support social justice and ecological health. Michelle is Co-Founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA); Co-Founder and Director of the New Economy Network Australia; Director of Future Dreaming Australia and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Griffith University Law Futures Centre. Michelle is passionate about building diverse, local economies in Australia, that ensure we can all be part of a fairer and more just society and that we can thrive within healthy, biodiverse bioregions.
Erfan Daliri (Australia) is an author, activist and social change consultant with over a decade of experience across participatory community development, youth empowerment, refugee and settlement services, community engagement and human rights advocacy. He is the founding director of Newkind Social Justice Conference, an advisor to Amnesty International Australia, and is currently completing his Masters in Communication for Social Change. Erfan is particularly passionate about working with community organisations and empowering people from diverse communities to affect social change while working towards gender equality, environmental protection and sustainability, social harmony and economic justice. His latest book, Raising Humanity, discusses the underlying causes of inequality and socio-economic injustice. It is a discourse on our ecology and our economy, resilience and community, and what it takes to be a changemaker.
Join Happy Spaces for an eight-day Economics of Happiness Pilgrimage amongst the abundant coastal and hinterland landscapes and communities of the Byron Bay and Northern Rivers area. The journey will be anchored in the context of the Economics of Happiness conference’s program and principles.