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Listen to all the great provocations given by our Speakers so far.

After family, businesses are the most numerous of all organizations. If they elevate their purpose of existence from extracting profit to social and environmental solutions, can they allow suppliers, consumers, collaborators and investors to be all part of large scale solutions to our current crises? Tarak looks at the case of B Corps and how in some cases impoverished ecosystems and communities are returning back to Life.

Searching for new models, deals and recovery plans requires a long look backwards into history and the role of empire. Will the opening space for a global “green” recovery help us contend with the role of colonial relations in the climate crisis? Or would nationalist, go-it-alone approaches take precedence over environmental justice in the global south? Keston Perry exhorts the need for a look at the past in order to realise sustainable, adaptive futures.

Pedro Tarak

Co-Founder of Sistema B and Board Member of Wellbeing Economy Alliance Trust, Pedro has been Global Ambassador of the B Corp Movement, co-founder of Emprendia, first Argentine B Corp and small investor in Guayaki, an ecosystem and community regenerating business in South and North America, in Quinto Impacto, a tech company for social integration in Mendoza and Mercado Pax, an impact product market place in Uruguay and Argentina.

Keston Perry

Keston Perry is lecturer in Economics at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He was a postdoctoral scholar at the Climate Policy Lab, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in Boston, MA. He earned his PhD in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London and writes on climate justice, finance and development.

Money is shaping our future. And why is it better at trickling upwards, rather than downwards? How could it support care, courage and kindness at the local level? John will explore how it might be reinvented to support life.

You can also see a longer version of this talk with larger slide images.

There is a lot of talk about the need to build back better – but to what? The idea of a wellbeing economy has been gaining traction in many quarters and has the potential to connect a lot of solutions. This talk will look at the roots of the wellbeing economy and reflect on the challenge it poses to the usual way of doing things.

John Wood

John is Emeritus Professor of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London and Professor of Practice at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD. In the early 1970’s John invented several solar energy devices and published papers on the impending environmental crises. Between 1978 and 1988 he was Deputy Head of Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, during the rise of the YBA group. After this time he launched several radical and innovative design degrees, including the BA(Hons) in Design (1989) and the MA in Design Futures (1995). He has given many keynote talks in different countries and published over a hundred articles, papers and book chapters. He is also co-founder of the international ‘Writing-PAD Network’ and co-editor of the ‘Journal of Writing in Creative Practice’.

Katherine Trebeck

Katherine is Advocacy and Influencing Lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and co-founder of WEAll Scotland. She has over eight years’ experience in various roles with Oxfam GB - as a Senior Researcher for the Global Research Team, UK Policy Manager, and Research and Policy Advisor for Oxfam Scotland. Katherine instigated the group of Wellbeing Economy Governments and developed Oxfam's Humankind Index. She sits on a range of advisory groups, including for the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity and the Omina Foundation and is a member of the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Renewal Advisory Group and Zero Waste Scotland’s Demystifying Decoupling Advisory Group. Katherine has Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Politics and holds a PhD in Political Science from ANU. She is Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde and a Distinguished Fellow of the Schumacher Institute. Her most recent book The Economics of Arrival: Ideas for a Grown Up Economy (co-authored with Jeremy Williams) was published in January 2019.

Black Economic Lives matter too

Why innovation won't save the world

As people around the world take to the streets to demand that ‘Black Lives Matter’, are better social and political rights enough? What about economic democracy and justice? Jessica Gordon-Nembhard discusses what they are, how they can work and are a necessary element for black lives to matter.

If you think we are going to innovate our way out of the situation we are in, how come innovation didn’t stop us ending up here in the first place? Tom Rippin explores what really needs to change to bring about the future we need.

Jessica Gordon-Nembhard

Jessica (born 1956) is Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development at John Jay College, City University of New York. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is also an ambassador for the cooperative movement and community economic development expert.

Tom Rippin

After some years researching cancer, Tom started his non-academic career at management consultants McKinsey & Company, where he worked across the private, public and non-profit sectors. He transitioned into the social enterprise space, first advising the CEO of Comic Relief on private sector matters and then working at (RED), the business founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver to help eliminate AIDS in Africa, where he was Managing Director for Europe and Director of Business Development for (RED) International. As well as running On Purpose, Tom is a Trustee of The Global Action Plan and has been the Chair of Spice and an Advisory Board Member of Big Society Capital.

Can Trade be for Good?

For a better future, urbanise!

The debate over trade policy is usually set up between those who claim the freer trade the better and those disparagingly called “protectionists”. The later are often portrayed as modern day luddites against raising developing countries out of poverty. Now though free traders are facing a Trumpian backlash as trade is blamed for increasing inequality. Christian will set out a new approach to managing global trade that addresses social, environmental and economic challenges.

Orit Gal says that the secret to cities are rhythms not structures and asks what makes cities so resilient? Why do we need them more than ever? And what can we learn from them when designing systems change?

Christian Felber

Christian Felber is a writer, university lecturer and contemporary dancer in Vienna. He is the initiator of the Economy for the Common Good and the Cooperative for the Common Good. Several bestsellers include Change everything: Creating an Economy for the Common Good and Money: The new rules of the game, which was awarded the getAbstract International Book Award 2014. Change Everything received the ZEIT-Wissen Award in 2017.

Orit Gal

Founder at Urbaniser, and a Senior Lecturer for Strategy and Complexity at Regent’s University London, Orit is a complexity tinkerer with a passion for designing solutions to wicked problems. An expert generalist, she has worked in tech start-ups; corporate market research; peace-building NGOs; and innovative policy think-tanks. Having the opportunity to closely observe decision-makers operating in messy, dynamic, and highly complex environments, she has focused her work on exploring the intersection between complexity science and operational design.

How the competition delusion is ruining everything

Strategies for system change

Despite what economists often say, more competition isn’t always better. In actual fact competition over the rules of competition can be devastating to our public life and democracy. So why is this and what can be done about it?

Spoiler alert: There is no happy ending when it comes to the climate emergency. However, right now, we still have a choice of just how bad things can get. It will mean adaptation, not just mitigation – and movements such as Extinction Rebellion continuing to make change happen – but we have a fighting chance

Nicholas Gruen

Lateral Economics’ CEO Nicholas Gruen is a widely published policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator. He has advised Cabinet Ministers, sat on Australia’s Productivity Commission and founded Lateral Economics and Peach Financial.

Rupert Read

Rupert Read is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia Rupert is a former chair of Green House think tank, and is a former Green Party of England and Wales councillor, spokesperson, European parliamentary candidate and national parliamentary candidate. He is currently a national UK spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion.

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