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MMP Partners with “Economics of Happiness Conference” in Port Townsend, October 27-29, 2017

by July 17, 2017 0

The global economy is the root cause of our most pressing crises. How can we end corporate rule and bring back power to our communities?  At the Economics of Happiness Conference we will join together to discuss, discover and devise better systems for now and the future. The conference will explore the potential for economic localization to provide systemic solutions to our economic, environmental and social crises.

The conference runs over three days and 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.

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; representatives from 350 Seattle; and Kate Raworth a ‘renegade economist’, Skyping in from the UK – author of Donut Economics.

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