Welcome to our new video and podcast series featuring cutting-edge thinkers, writers, movement-builders and activists from across the world.
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Planet Local Voices had its inception at last year´s Planet Local Summit. Here we interviewed diverse voices to create a living record of insights and experiences from all around the world on topics like food and farming, energy, mental health, education, economics, community, spirituality, activism, and more.
Debra Efroymson (Bangladesh/USA) is a tireless advocate for policies that support public health, wellbeing and happiness. She is the co-founder and Executive Director at Institute of Wellbeing, Bangladesh, and is faculty at the Asian University for Women. While her particular interests lie in urban planning and transportation, her holistic perspective leads her to envision profound transformations in economics, governance, and society as a whole.
Bayo Akomolafe (Nigeria), a one-of-a-kind thinker, Bayo blurs the lines between the personal and the political, prompting us to unlearn, rethink, and radically imagine our role in the world. He is the author of two books, 'These Wilds Beyond our Fences' and 'We Will Tell our Own Story: The Lions of Africa Speak'. He is also the founder and curator of the Emergence Network and Chief Host of the course/festival series, We Will Dance with Mountains.
Ele Salthmarsh (UK), tells her family’s story of pursuing organic farming, and suggests policy frameworks that could provide avenues for the growing ranks of people who dream of a life connected to nature and to community. She also makes a powerful case for agro-ecology and localized economies for feeding the UK.
Manish Jain (India), Harvard Alumnus and former investment banker with Morgan Stanley, who has also worked for UNESCO and UNICEF, came to question the dominant economic model, and not least, the Western-style education model. Manish is the co-founder of Shikshantar: The Peoples’ Institute for Rethinking Education and Development, Swaraj University, India’s first self-designed people’s university.
Author of the bestselling Confessions of an Economic Hitman and 10 other books, John Perkins (USA) is an invaluable whistle-blower about the clandestine agendas of powerful economic and intelligence institutions. John also writes on indigenous cultures and what they can teach the Western world about sustainability and transformation. He is founder and board member of Dream Change and co-founder of The Pachamama Alliance.