Crescent Arts Centre Studio
13th March: 9.00am – 10.30am (breakfast 8.30am)
Humanising the Economy – the role of cooperatives in making shift happen.
There is a widespread sense, throughout the world, that we are living through a significant moment in the history of humanity. Rarely before has the need for systemic change been more obvious or more urgent. The currently pervasive neoliberal system is undermining the civic and democratic foundations of our societies, destroying the earth’s ecosystems, and affecting adversely the economic and social well-being of individuals and their communities. In the face of these world-wide economic, and environmental crises, we require a new vision and practice of a political economy that can offer a meaningful and viable alternative.
In this session, John Restakis, Executive Director of Community Evolution Foundation and author of Humanizing the Economy, will speak about the ways in which cooperatives are challenging the mainstream economy and are pointing towards a political economy that’s good for people and planet. John will also examine challenges being faced by the cooperative movement in our turbulent times. There will be opportunity for participants to engage in conversation about the issues and insights in John’s presentation. The presentation will be preceded by an informal breakfast gathering at 8.30am, hosted by Voluntary Arts Ireland and the International Futures Forum.