Themes & Solution Labs
In addition to the plenary sessions, the main feature of the EPP 2014 conference will be the solution labs. The solution labs will seek to engage the participants in finding new and innovative solutions to current pressing challenges. Along with the plenary sessions, the solutions labs fall under the five themes below.
- How do we design our financial system in a way that does not create indebtedness, inequality and ecological destruction, but instead facilitates real investments and make local economies flourish?
The plenary session for this theme will be led by Ben Dyson.
- How can we develop a transparent measure for our common social well being that incorporates various indicators and evaluates qualitative societal improvements, positive technological development, ecological welfare and socio-economic stability – with respect for the planetary boundaries?
The plenary session for this theme will be led by Charles Eisenstein.
- How can we create sustainable production and consumption systems that – based on the principles of circular economy – are minimising toxic emissions, carbon pollution and resource waste, and growing symbiotic business models for the benefit of all?
The plenary session for this theme will be led by Kate Power and Tina Sig Olesen.
- How do we create meaningful and nurturing employment for all that relieves the stress about not living up to expectations and removes the fear of losing ones job, and instead fosters a better work-life balance? How can the public sector enable professionals and citizens to cooperate on creating a functional welfare state?
The plenary session for this theme will be led by Anna Coote.
- How do we go from a system of individuals disconnected from the ecological systems that is the base of our subsistence, to a system of interdependent actors forming resilient livelihoods – where the food systems that nourishes our lives becomes the mediator between people and nature?
The plenary session for this theme will be led by Rob Hopkins.