From Friday, October 19th to Sunday, October 21st 2018 Local Futures held an Economics of Happiness conference in the bustling city of Bristol, UK.
This highly participatory Economics of Happiness conference was set to coincide with the Annual Summit of the Global Parliament of Mayors. It was Local Futures’ eighteenth international conference aimed at catalyzing a new economy that works for both people and planet.
Local Futures co-hosted the conference with Happy City (UK) – an NGO focused on place-based models of change that put the wellbeing of people first. The event brought 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mix of plenary talks, films, workshops and open space discussions, we looked beyond single-issue approaches and the outdated theater of Left/Right politics to explore the power of systemic change at both the community and policy level.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 ADDRESSED INCLUDE:
Moving Beyond Business-As-Usual Economics
Place-Based Planning & Development
Healthy Food Economies
Tackling The Roots of Depression
New Indicators of Progress
Discussions were moderated by Jonathan Dimbleby, BBC presenter of current affairs, political radio and TV, author and historian.
One of our IAL members, Localise West Midlands, has published a blog about the conference including a video of one of the speakers, Colin Tudge: Blog on EOH Conference, Bristol by David Viney, November 1st, 2018.
Another blog, published by Wes Hinckes, you can find here:: Blog on EOH Conference, Bristol, October 22d, 2018.