The Whidbey Institute is pleased to partner with the Economics of Happiness Conference, October 27-29, 2017 at Fort Worden, Port Townsend, Washington. Staff members Marnie Jackson and Kimi Hoover will be attending the conference—stop by our table if you can!
About the Conference
Be part of a world-changing conversation. Join with leading thinkers and activists from locally and around the world to explore strategies for effective action. Join us at the Economics of Happiness conference to discuss, discover and devise better systems for now and the future. Get involved in a new project. Find out how to make your work more effective. Link up with local initiatives. Explore new policies. Deconstruct the old. See the connections. Articulate solutions. Get engaged in creating the New Economy – one that works for people and the planet!
The program will include plenaries, panels, interactive workshops and other participatory sessions. The wide range of inter-connected topics will include: the New Economy movement, income inequality, local food and regenerative agriculture, public policy, local business, cooperatives, Transition Town initiatives, community-sourced finance, connection to nature, education, intentional communities, climate and environmental justice, and the impact of the economy on our psychological well-being.
The conference will explore the potential for economic localization to provide systemic solutions to our economic, environmental and social crises. It will encompass the concerns the Occupy movement brought to the fore as well as a range of topics related to building a new economy. Our confirmed speakers include Helena Norberg-Hodge, founder of Local Futures; Richard Heinberg, author and Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute; David Korten author and co-founder of Yes! Magazine; John de Graaf, filmmaker of the documentary, Affluenza; Judy Wicks, cofounder of the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE); Michael Ableman, author, photographer and organic farmer from Saltspring Island BC; Sarah van Gelder, author and editor of Yes! Magazine; Rachel Maxwell, co-founder of Community Sourced Capital; Brandy Gallagher, founder of OUR Ecovillage on Vancouver Island; Deric Gruen, manages the Rethinking Prosperity project at the University of Washington; John Luppinacci, Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Thought in Education; Selden Prentice of 350 Seattle; and Kate Raworth a ‘renegade economist’, skyping in from the UK – author of Donut Economics.
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