Prominent economists, bestselling authors and indigenous activists from more than a dozen countries are coming together for a conference entitled ‘The Economics of Happiness’, to be held in Byron Bay, NSW, from March 15 to 17, 2013.
The conference will highlight the social and environmental impact of economic globalization, and explore the potential for more localized economies worldwide. The focus will be: “We know what we are against; it’s now time to decide what we’re for.”
Mark Anielski, the author of The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth and an advisor to numerous governments and corporations.
Keibo Oiwa, the co-author (with David Suzuki) of The Japan We Never Knew: A Journey of Discovery and professor of International Studies
Manish Jain, a Harvard-educated grassroots activist, focusing on radical alternatives to conventional development and education.
Winona LaDuke, co-founder of the Indigenous Women’s Network and Ralph Nader’s two-time presidential running-mate.
Charles Eisenstein, the author of Sacred Economics and a world-renowned speaker on the ‘gift economy’.
Michael Shuman, the author of Local Dollars, Local Sense and director of research and economic development at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.
There will also be live Skype presentations from two of the world’s foremost environmentalists, Vandana Shiva and Bill McKibben.
The conference is the second in a series of three events organised by the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC). The first took place in the USA in 2012; the final conference will be in Japan in 2014.
ISEC’s Director, Helena Norberg-Hodge, is a pioneer of the localisation movement and recipient of the 2012 Goi Peace Prize. She is the author of the bestselling Ancient Futures and producer of the award-winning documentary, The Economics of Happiness.
March 20 of each year is designated by the United Nations as the International Day of Happiness.
For more details, including a full list of speakers www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org
$50 budget tickets now on sale for The Economics of Happiness Conference 2013!