About the webinar
The planet has a fever and we see the symptoms everywhere – from climate change to biodiversity loss, the growing gulf between rich and poor, and a generalised lack of meaning leading to record levels of depression and suicide.
In response, a growing number of people and communities are actively seeking to identify new pathways to prosperity, to intervene in the system and turn around the health of the global economic system. This conversation between Ross Jackson and Jonathan Dawson will explore where some of these critical leverage points might be located and sketch some potential pathways back to sanity, within ecological limits.
In this webinar, Naresh Giangrande will talk to Ross Jackson and Jonathan Dawson, seeking to use their gifts as systems thinkers to identify and articulate key leverage points in the system where some skilful pressure may serve to change its character.
The conversation will look at reform of the economic system by exploring some of the following topics:
- Open source innovation
- The transition from a centralised to a distributed system
- The ‘breakaway strategy’ from Occupy World Street
- How can we reform the financial system?
- Are small relocalised economies reforming or replacing large scale globalised systems?
Brought to you by Gaia Education and Schumacher College.
Chairman/Founder of Gaia Trust, Denmark. Originally from Canada, Ross has an educational background in physics, management and economics, specialising in operations research. Ross was for many years a management consultant and IT systems designer, working in various branches of the business world, eventually specialising in international finance, where his foreign exchange know-how provided the financing for Gaia Trust’s programmes to support a more sustainable world. Ross is the author of many books including Occupy World Street, We ARE Doing It, and Building an Ecovillage Future.
Jonathan is a sustainability educator, currently working as Head of Economics at Schumacher College in Devon. Until recently a long-term resident at the Findhorn ecovillage and a former President of the Global Ecovillage Network, he has around 20 years experience as a researcher, author, consultant and project manager in the field of small enterprise development in Africa and South Asia. Jonathan is part of the team that created the Gaia Education sustainable economy curriculum, drawn from best practice within ecovillages worldwide, that has been endorsed by UNITAR and adopted by UNESCO as a valuable contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.
As one of the Transition Town founders Naresh has given dozens of lectures and interviews, and spoken at many conferences and other public events. He set up and coordinated the Energy Group of Transition Town Totnes and was a director of Transition Town Totnes Ltd. Before this he lived and worked in an eco community, was Managing Director of a landscape company, and a gaffer in the film industry, as well as teaching meditation. His work has led to a passion for working with self-organising systems, and how participatory learning can be fostered and strengthened across the movement.