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Earth, Culture, Economy – The Power of Local

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Course dates: 
Monday, 24 July, 2017 to Friday, 28 July, 2017

With Helena Norberg Hodge, Stephan Harding and Satish Kumar

This course is full, but please sign up for our waiting list here.

What would the world look like if humans lived harmoniously with nature rather than creating environmental mayhem? An important pathway for achieving this is to create an economic system which enhances both human and ecological wellbeing. Drawing inspiration from Gandhi, Schumacher and the fundamental laws of Gaia, this course will explore urgently needed alternatives to business-as-usual economics. Our focus will be on the power of economic localisation, a solution multiplier which restores the fabric of community, while simultaneously reducing CO2 emissions, unemployment and the gap between rich and poor.

You will join an in-depth exploration of the steps involved in moving toward integrated, human-scale economic structures in which deeply personal, heartfelt relationships matter most of all. Envisioning a shift from global to local entails grappling with a number of difficult questions: Just how localised should we strive to be? What strategies can be employed to overcome the entrenched power of big business, big banks, and big government? What is the role of technology in a localised economy? How do we start from where we are? We’ll discuss these topics and more.
Together, we’ll address the shifts needed at both policy and grassroots levels. We’ll honour the wisdom and practical knowledge of indigenous cultures and envision a society based on the proven principles of connection and community. We’ll learn from the kaleidoscope of people-powered movements around the world—a source of real hope for the future which has been almost completely ignored by the mainstream media.

Our approach will be very broad and holistic and we will consider a range of themes from perspectives of both the global North and South, including:

• How to measure real progress
• Putting food and farming at the center of the local economy
• Reducing energy use while creating meaningful jobs
• Tackling climate change through localising trade
• The balance between urban and rural
• The spiritual and psychological benefits of connecting to nature and community
• Healthcare in a life-based economy
• Resolving the roots of racial, ethnic and religious conflict
• Restoring democracy through localisation

This course will give you a global perspective on localisation and equip you with practical strategies for fostering and supporting genuine social, ecological, and economic renewal, wherever you may be.

HELENA NORBERG-HODGE is a pioneer of the new economy movement and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and the Goi Peace Prize. Her inspirational book Ancient Futures has been translated into more than 35 languages. She is co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home and From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture and the producer of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness. She also is the director of Local Futures and the International Alliance for Localization (IAL), and a founding member of the International Forum on Globalisation (IFG) and The Global Ecovillage Network. www.localfutures.org

 

Satish Kumar
Satish is a former monk and long-term peace and environment activist. He has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over 50 years. He was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning for land reform in India and working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality.
In 1973 Satish settled in the United Kingdom taking up the post of editor of Resurgence magazine, a position he has held ever since, making him the UK’s longest-serving editor of the same magazine. During this time, he has been the guiding spirit behind a number of now internationally respected ecological and educational ventures including Schumacher College.

Stephan Harding
Stephan Harding is Programme Coordinator of the MSc in Holistic Science and resident Ecologist at Schumacher College teaching on the MSc core modules and on most short courses at the College. He holds a doctorate in behavioural ecology from Oxford University, and before coming to the college taught ecology at the National University in Costa Rica. He is a close associate of James Lovelock and an expert in the study of Gaia theory and deep ecology. He is the author of Animate Earth and Grow Small, Think Beautiful: Ideas for a Sustainable World from Schumacher College.

 

Fee: 
£ 795.00
NOTE: Course fees include all meals, Earth Talk ticket, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon, and includes four nights private accommodation and all vegetarian meals from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure. We recommend attending this course as a fully residential participant however for you may choose to book as a non-residential participant. Please call 01803 847237 for more details.
This course is full.
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