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Wed 29Mar
Thu 30Mar
Virtual Event

A People + Planet Wellbeing Conference

Facilitator: Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking

Event time: Wed 29th Mar 2023 at 9:30am - Thu 30th Mar 2023 at 5:15pm

As an innovative branch of Hawkwood’s renowned Climate Action Lab, we present our first ever Economics Lab, a 2-day online conference with a regenerative focus – placing people and planet’s wellbeing at the heart of the conversation.

Welcoming expertise from across multiple disciplines, Hawkwood offers a quick stop tour of everything to do with your wallet.

The Economics Lab is ran via the Gift Economy. To learn more about this concept, visit our blog.

The failure of our current economic thinking is a failure of imagination. Let’s dare to imagine a good life for all within planetary boundaries.


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A two-day online lab of blue sky thinking on the topic of economy curated by non-economists for non-economists

To meet the needs of people and the planet we need to be thinking outside the box, this conference is here to challenge the stories that thread our current economic system.

Reframing economics is a necessity of this coming century. Our failure to act risks crossing irreversible Nature’s tipping points.

Will new economic thinking be able to unlock rapid change? We gather to explore how these novel economic paradigms are here to shake the system and bring greater focus on social, environmental and economic well-being.

We are honoured to create a platform for clarity of context and leading ideas, making blue sky thinking around the economy accessible to all.

A zoomed-in view on the pivotal points of a new economic paradigm

Piecemeal changes are done and dusted. Those movements act in isolation and compete against each other, instead, we need to come together and lift each other up. Hear the stories of those on the frontline, join them, say Yes and amplify the movement.


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This conference will be delivered via Zoom and streamed live online as part of the Gift Economy – meaning you can join without charge. Donations are welcome to support our charity via the below link; please add “ECON” the notes!

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If your organisation is aligned with Hawkwood’s ethos & the work of the Economics Lab & you wish to be a marketing partner or sponsor, please write to our Event Producer, Pris Pabon. Please state who you are, why you want to get involved, what your organisation wishes to contribute and your company marketing contacts & logos.


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