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Economics of Happiness Conference in Berkeley, March 23-25

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  • Mike Abkin
    FYI, everyone. The Economics of Happiness Conference just came to my attention. Sounds like it will be of interest to many in the Peace, Transition, Occupy,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 9, 2012
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      FYI,  everyone. The Economics of Happiness Conference just came to my attention. Sounds like it will be of interest to many in the Peace, Transition, Occupy, Sustainability, and Resilience movements. And right here in the Bay Area! Berkeley, March 23-25.


      I notice that Transition USA and Transition San Francisco are partners/co-sponsors.


      See below and http://theeconomicsofhappiness.org/conference.




      Check out the National Peace Academy

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      The Economics of Happiness Conference January 8, 2012

      Hosted by the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC), the conference will offer clarity on the way forward—towards more truly sustainable ways of living. It will address many of the themes explored in ISEC’s new documentary film, The Economics of Happiness, which has inspired audiences from the US, UK and Australia to Peru, Thailand and Japan. Plenary sessions and interactive workshops will cover a range of interconnected topics, including public policy choices; local initiatives in food, energy, education, business and banking; the need to bridge the North-South divide; and the influence of the economy on our psychological well-being.

      On March 23-25, 2012, the Economics of Happiness Conference will bring together activists from around the world to discuss an agenda for change — away from jobless growth towards sustainable livelihoods; from large-scale sweatshops towards scaled-down business; from self-recrimination and guilt towards empowerment and collaboration; from a globalized system of exploitation and inequality towards an economics of happiness.

      Speakers include Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, Michael Shuman, Gustavo Esteva, Annie Lenard, Joanna Macy, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Keibo Oiwa, Sulak Sivaraksa, Andrew Simms, Anuradha Mittal, Richard Heinberg, Megan Quinn, Pracha Hutanuwatr, Anwar Fazal, Rebecca Tarbotton, Dale Wen, and Manish Jain.

      The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, an unholy alliance of governments and big business continues to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, people all over the world are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance — and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm — an economics of localization.

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