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Tuesday 28th September 2010, Bristol UK, 10am - 5pm

In this mini-conference, we will explore the concept of global equity in the light of Earth’s biophysical limits. Participants bring experience and knowledge of community engagement, policy and politics, economics, environmental science, systems analysis, and more, promising broad and deep discussions.

We welcome participants from academia and the practice communities who have an interest in sustainability research for action and policy. Please register by contacting: Alice-Marie: alice@schumacherinstitute.org.uk

Programme:
10:00 Registration and coffee  
10:30 Welcome and CONVERGE overview Ian Roderick
11:00 Chasing utopias – local and global Ruth Levitas , UOB Q&A and discussion
12.00 4 Key challenges from CONVERGE  - CONVERGE  international team
1.00 Lunch  
14:00 Green Economics – the story so far  - Molly Scott-Cato, UWIC
Climate and global eco-justice - Kate Brown,  UEA
Q & A and discussion 
15:30 Themed working groups (Facilitated by CONVERGE team members):

  • The challenge to GDP 
  • Local economies in a global finance system 
  • Money for nature’s services
  • Local challenges: taking sustainable economy  forward in the South West 

16:30 Session feedbacks
17.00 concluding remarks, and close

We will document results from working groups and circulate a meeting report for participants’ comment and feedback before posting it on the CONVERGE website as a research resource.  We welcome all enquiries about potential cooperation in research or sustainability initiatives. CONVERGE – Rethinking Globalisation in the Light of Contraction and Convergence is an interdisciplinary European Commission FP7 sustainability research project involving 9 organisations in 5 countries.  We are  exploring how communities can move towards consuming fairer shares of the Earth's limited resources and thus promote genuinely sustainable development.

Location:

3rd Floor Bush House

72 Prince Street

Bristol

BS1 4HU

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The event is free of charge, donations welcomed on the day.

Comments

People-Centered Economic Development

In the context of economics as if people mattered, I'd like to introduce P-CED which began in 1996 as a white paper for a new kind of economic development measured in human progress.

In the paper the case that free market capitalism failed to reach a significant minority and that in so doing it rendered some of humanity disposable was made.

Developed for the Committee to re-elect the US President by an honorary member of the steering group, it was first deployed in a proof of concept initiative to leverage a community microfinance bank in Russia.

In a blog, you, me, we, ethics and people-centered economics I describe the evolution of 'capitalism with compassion'' 

In the last few days I've also become aware of other work describing the concept of people-centered economic development from the Forward Foundation who suggest a transition is taking place from product centered economics to sharing and people-centerted economies.  

 

   

DS

I hope this mini-conference will have results.