DIF on AIR ColaborAmerica X DIF - Main Stage Takeover

  • Speakers:
  • Katherine Trebeck, Jonathan Dawson, Michel Bauwens, Maria Paz Cigaran, Gabriel Pinto

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We'll be streaming live from ColaborAmerica, one of the biggest festivals of new economies in Latin America which discusses innovation, technology and alternative models of economy.
Stay tuned as we takeover their main stage to bring you sessions around our 2018 key topic, People in the Economy.

Sessions include:

How Does the Way We Design Our Economies Affect Us as Human Beings? - Katherine Trebeck (14:00 GMT)

This session will trace the contours and root causes of the multiple crises humanity faces and define a vision of an economy that puts people and the planet first - a welfare economy.

It will introduce a small but powerful new organisation - the Wellbeing Economy Alliance - that was created to expand and connect the incredible work that many are doing to bring about such an economy.

Seeing Beyond Growth - Jonathan Dawson (14:30 GMT)

Today the importance of economic growth is hardly disputed. It comes in many formats - green growth, inclusive growth, sustainable growth, pro-poor growth. The list of adjectives is long.

But there is increasing evidence to suggest that our fixation on growth is at the heart of the problems of our global civilisation - from ecological devastation and growth in inequality to financial stability.

This session will propose that in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the goals of the Paris agreement it will be necessary to withdraw growth from the centre of public policy-making.

1 Hour Break

New Economies as a Vector for Development - Maria Paz Cigaran, Michel Bauwens, Gabriel Pinto (16:00)

Circular, collaborative, creative economy, economy for the common good... Alternative models or alternatives to the existing system?

There is a lot of talk about new economies, but it is often not clear how the initiatives linked to these movements connect to the traditional economy, more resources and become important drivers of economic development.

This panel discussion will cover different perspectives of these new economies using concrete examples and seek to deepen the understanding of how and if they propose a systemic change to guide a new paradigm of development.

Stage 2 Takeover - 17:00-18:30 GMT - Session Page


Katherine Trebeck

Katherine Trebeck

Director, Wellbeing Economy Alliance

Katherine is Research Director for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance. With Lorenzo Fioramonti she instigated the group of Wellbeing Economy Governments. Katherine developed Oxfam's Humankind Index & led Oxfam's work on a 'human economy'. Katherine has a PhD in Political Science and is Honorary Professor at the University of the West of Scotland and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde. Her book The Economics of Arrival (co-authored with Jeremy Williams) is due in 2019.

Jonathan Dawson

Jonathan Dawson

Convenor & Senior lecturer in Economics, Schumacher College

Jonathan is Convenor of the Economics for Transition postgraduate programme at Schumacher College. Previously resident for over a decade in the Findhorn ecovillage in Scotland, he is a former president of the Global Ecovillage Network and principal author the economics dimension of the Gaia Education sustainability curriculum. Jonathan has 15 years experience as a researcher, author, consultant and project manager in the field of small enterprise development in Africa and south Asia.

Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens

Founder, P2P Foundation

Michel Bauwens is the founder and director of the P2P Foundation and collaborates with a group of global researchers to explore peer production, governance, and property. Michel is also the research director of CommonsTransition.org. - a platform for policy development aimed towards a society of the Commons, and a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group, which organises major global conferences on the commons and economics. He has published various books, including (with Vasilis Kostakis), ‘Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy’.

Maria Paz Cigaran

Maria Paz Cigaran

CEO, Libelula

Maria is co-founder/CEO of Libélula, a B Corp whose mission is to foster a community of transformation (the +1 community) to help the world change its course towards a 0 emissions, 0 waste, 0 poverty and healthy ecosystems one. With 17 years of experience in climate change, she have been lucky to meet people from all over the world, serving as a public officer; climate change negotiator and expert, and as purpose driven business woman. Board Director at L+1 (CEOs for sustainability), CCAP & Sistema B Peru.

Gabriel Pinto

Gabriel Pinto

Manager, FIRJAN

Gabriel Pinto is Manager of FIRJAN House, a project that aims to create proposals and solutions for a new economy in a changing society. He graduated as an economist by PUC-RJ, Master in Business Administration by COPPEAD, is a researcher, author of several studies and publications, among them the Mapping of the Creative Industry in Brazil.

His work experience is extensive and multidisciplinary, from Investment Banks to the Museum of Modern Art of Rio.


Luisa Santiago

Luisa Santiago

Brazil Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Luisa is the voice of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in Latin America, spreading the circular economy word to build a more regenerative economy in the region.

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