This conference, jointly organized by Local Futures, the Living Economies Forum, and The Happiness Project, will be held at Fort Worden, a beautiful State Park on Puget Sound in Port Townsend. Participants will have the chance to discuss, discover and devise better economic 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 a 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.
Speakers will include:
- Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute
- David Korten, co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, and president of the Living Economies Forum
- Judy Wicks, co-founder of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
- John De Graaf, filmmaker and co-author of Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic and What’s The Economy For, Anyway?
- Sarah Van Gelder, YES! Magazine Co-Founder and Editor at Large, and author of The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America
- Helena Norberg-Hodge, Founder and Director of Local Futures, author of Ancient Futures and producer of The Economics of Happiness