Alternatives for Economic Growth

The "Green parties in Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire and the Eastern Region are organising an interactive conference in Cambridge "Alternatives to Economic Growth" in February 2012 for up to 100 people at modest price of 20-30 for the day to cover our expenses and will include a lunch of local food.

Key ideas: At present the underlying question on today's media and political agenda is how to we get back to economic growth. Yet this level of economic growth has lead to overuse of finite resources internationally; increased in injustice for indigenous peoples and resource wars and poverty in Asia and Africa. This way of working does not help to develop resilient local communities or support individuals to grow and have sense of well-being.

This big ideas day will bring together prominent speakers, activists and people nationally who have begun to address these issues and help us to plan for the future. We are inviting a range of individuals and groups who are already developing and implementing practical alternatives to participate in this dialogue and hope the conference will lead to action.

Our intention is that we will stimulate thought and action leading to intensification of appropriate economic, political and social change locally, regionally and nationally.

The format:

MorningThere will be keynote speakers introducing the agenda, discussing the reasons for looking at alternative to current economic thinking.
AfternoonMoving table top discussions with speakers who are currently practicing alternative, local money, credit union etc followed by a transition style open space facilitated by skilled person to get people into groups and start acting on ideas and finally a review of the day and looking at where we go next.

How you can help: There are a number of ways you can help us.

  1. A small steering committee has been formed and we would like to invite 2/3 people to join us from other groups.
  2. We would find it useful if you can offer to help with admin leading up to the event or cooking a lunch meal for the event of local produce, this job could be a fund raiser for your organisation.
  3. Other ways you can help might be by alerting us to a good speaker or facilitator or field ideas for topics.
  4. Early booking so we can fund the event

All People welcome to participate. As places are limited we would suggest you contact us if you wish to attend.

If you wish to contribute in any way please contact us on 01223 840602 or email Ceri

The steering committee so far comprises:
Ceri Galloway, Peter Pope and John Rankin

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Transition Cambridge aims to help Cambridge make the transition to ways of life that are more resilient in the face of rising energy prices and a changing climate.

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