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Economy for the Common Good – Changing Business from the Ground Up

Economy for the Common Good – Changing Business from the Ground Up

Christian Felber, Tim Crabtree, Bridget Knapper and Rob Hopkins

£ 795.00
Course fees include single accommodation, all vegetarian meals and snacks, Earth Talk ticket, field trips, materials and teaching sessions. Reserve your spot for only £150.00 deposit. This course is expected to be held at The Old Postern.
Only Non-residential places availabe for this course at a reduced fee of £150.00. Please use code "NONRES150" at checkout.

Only Non-residential places availabe for this course at a reduced fee of £150.00. Please use code "NONRES150" at checkout.

With Christian Felber, Tim Crabtree, Bridget Knapper and special guest Rob Hopkins

“Changing the economy democratically – a different economy is possible” Christian Felber

There can be no question that the form of capitalism currently practised in the west is running into serious structural difficulty. 

But what can replace it?

Come and explore the ECG model and movement that insists the change of our current economic system should be an open-minded, participatory process aimed at the common good of all. It insists on a new system that rewards business practice and economic activity that is humane, co-operative, ecological and democratic. Human dignity, global fairness and solidarity, sustainability, social justice and democratic participation are all essential ingredients – well-being is of the utmost importance. 

In an intimate setting we will be exploring this world-changing proposition, looking at how it is already being put into practice and how we can all be involved in the change, from wherever we stand, democratically and collectively, from the ground up.

Expect taught sessions, debate and discussion, dance and yoga, as well as time spent in nature to integrate and reflect.

This course is for anyone interested in economic change and is a good introduction for business and organisations of all sizes and legal structure wishing to make the transition.


Christian FelberChristian Felber

Christian Felber was born in 1972, studied Spanish, Psychology, Sociology and Political Sciences in Madrid and Vienna, where he lives and works as a writer. He is co-founder of Attac Austria, an internationally renowned speaker, contemporary dancer, lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and author of several bestsellers including: "50 Suggestions for a Fairer World", "New Values for the Economy", "Let's save the Euro!", "Change Everything: Creating an economy for the common good." and "Money. The new rules of the game".  Christian is the initiator of the "Economy for the Common Good" and the project "Bank for the Common Good".

Tim Crabtree

Tim Crabtree has been involved in “new economics” for 30 years, after studying economics at Oxford University and then working for the New Economics Foundation for 5 years. He has experience in policy development, local economic development and business advice, and was the co-founder of a number of a successful social enterprises including the Wessex Reinvestment Trust group and Dorset-based Local Food Links Ltd – where he was responsible for developing farmers’ markets, food festivals, community gardening projects, a specialist workspace (the Centre for Local Food), a vocational training programme for young people and a school meals catering service, employing 25 people, which now supplies 33 schools with a turnover in excess of £1 million p.a.

After stepping down as chief executive of Local Food Links, Tim then worked for Cardiff University, researching the future direction of the community food sector. He continues to work with one of the Wessex Reinvestment Trust social enterprises - Wessex Community Assets - which co-ordinates the UK's largest programme of community land trust housing, as well as supporting community share issues in areas such as renewable energy and local food.

Tim recently set up Dorset Community Energy, a community renewables enterprise, established in partnership with Dorset County Council. It has recently undertaken two successful share issues, raising £0.5 million to install PV solar panels on 10 schools and 4 community halls - they will save around £600,000 in electricity costs over the next 20 years, while share holding members benefit from the feed-in tariff and tax incentives.

Tim has worked with international organisations such as the Resource Centre for Philippine Concerns and the International Institute for Environment and Development, for national organisations such as the New Economics Foundation, and for South West based organisations such as the Bristol & Avon Community Enterprise Network, Dorset Community Action and the SW Protected Landscapes Forum. He was a founder Director of the UK Social Investment Forum. Tim has a particular interest in reflective practice, both in the field of economics and also in mindfulness related disciplines (meditation, aikido and shiatsu) which he has engaged with since 1984.

Bridget Knapper

Bridget Knapper is a founding director of Economy for the Common Good UK (CIC) and a qualified consultant in applying the ECG Matrix with businesses and organisations. Her background is in marketing & communications for arts, education, local government and economic regeneration organisations. Bridget speaks French and German fluently and loves being part of an international movement for a fairer society and a sustainable future.


Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins is the co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and of the Transition Network. This grew out of many years experience in education, teaching permaculture and natural building, and setting up the first two-year full-time permaculture course in the world, as well as co-ordinating the first eco-village development in Ireland to be granted planning permission. He is author of The Transition Handbook (2008), The Transition Companion (2011), The Power of Just Doing Stuff (2013) and 21 Stories of Transition (2015), served 3 years as a Trustee of the Soil Association, and was named by the Independent as one of the UK’s top 100 environmentalists.  He lives in Devon and grows food for his family.



Earth Talk


Christian Felber, Tim Crabtree, Bridget Knapper and Rob Hopkins

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