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Conference: Globalisation or Localisation?

Notice of Conference:

Globalisation or Localisation?
- reclaiming the economy for the community

Wellington, New Zealand, Saturday 3rd March 2001
From 9.00 am to 5.45 pm

Venue: Tapu Te Ranga Marae, Island Bay, Wellington.

Rationale:
Demonstrations in Seattle, Washington, and Prague have disrupted meetings of the WTO, the IMF and World Bank which have come to be seen as
* promoting the agenda of global corporates at the expense of the ecological balance of the planet and the well-being of all,
* being undemocratic, and
* widening the wealth differentials between rich and poor - nations & people alike.

As the global movement against corporate capitalism grows, how do we bridge the global – local divide? How can we strengthen local community faced with the onslaught of global capitalism?

For the past 15 years successive New Zealand governments have led the charge for the New Right. There is a growing sense we are on the wrong path. Now we are into a new millennium, can New Zealand lead the world by implementing alternatives courses?

This conference aims to stimulate and inspire and offer some of the tools for us to become more effective in the movement to reclaim the economy for communities world-wide.

Speakers will include
* Edward Goldsmith editor of The Ecologist - The Case against Globalisation.
* Sohail Inayatullah - Political Scientist – a critique of globalism, community economics and the anti-globalisation movement.
* Rose Pere – a tangata whenua perspective
* Sue Bradford, a Green Party MP – “Building our own future”.
* Jim Consedine – restorative justice campaigner – the need for spiritual awareness
* Seager Mason CEO of Bio Grow – the future of organic agriculture
* Warren Snow of Zero Waste NZ - Full Employment through Sustainable Community Economic Development



Programme: (details subject to change)
8am Powhiri
9am Speakers followed by panel
response and questions
10.45 - 11.15 Morning tea
11.15 - 12.15 Workshops
12.15 - 1.15 Lunch
1.15 - Speakers & questions
3.00 - 3.30 Afternoon tea
3.30 - 4.30 Workshops
4.30 - 5.45 Panel discussion “Spirituality and social change” with Rose Pere, Jim Consedine & Dada Maheshvarananda. Facilitated by Sohail Inayatullah.
Workshops
People wanting to contribute to the concurrent workshops are invited to submit a 250-word outline before 20th February 2001. Those already proposed include consideration of media collectives, Restorative Justice with Jim Consedine,
Co-operatives with Neil Thomas, Regional Loan Funds with Gwenyth Wright, the Privatisation of Water, the Future of Organic Agriculture, PROUT (Progressive Utilisation Theory), Full Employment through sustainable community economic development with Warren Snow and Meditation for activists.

Speakers:
Edward Goldsmith - author, founding editor of “The Ecologist” and a director of the International Forum on Globalisation.
Sohail Inayatullah - political scientist, a Professorial Research Fellow at Tamkang University, Taipei, Visiting Academic at Queensland University of Technology and Professor of Futures Studies with the International Management Centres. Author, co-editor of the Journal of Futures Studies and associate editor of New Renaissance. Conducts future visioning workshops and lectures internationally on education, ecology, development and policymaking. Lives in Queensland.
Rose Pere CBE - of Aitanga-a-tiki (ancient people of Aotearoa) Ngati Ruapani, Tuhoe Potiki and Ngati Kahungunu descent. Kaumatua (elder), Tohuna
(repository of ancient teachings and spiritual healer), Doctor of Literature University of Victoria, author, internationally recognised educationalist. Lives at Waikaremoana.
Sue Bradford MP - responsible for community economic development. Involved with protest and grass roots initiatives for the past 20 years. Lives on a co-operative farm near Wellsford.
Warren Snow - co-founder of the CBEC community enterprises in Kaitaia, the Tindall Foundation’s first manager, co-founder and trustee of the Zero Waste New Zealand. Currently through his own small business, Envision NZ Ltd focuses on breakthrough strategies designed to move society rapidly toward sustainability.
Neil Thomas. Together with his wife manages the Organic Green Grocer in Nelson. Previously one of the founders of Tui Community in Golden Bay.
Jim Consedine is a nationally known justice campaigner who has long been a voice for the powerless and poor within New Zealand society. Author, Christchurch-based prison chaplain since 1979, national co-ordinator of the Restorative Justice Network.
Seager Mason CEO of Bio Grow. Formerly grew organic vegetables near Nelson and with his wife is a partner in the Organic Green grocer.

The Conference is being organised by Proutist Universal with the support of the Wellington-based Sustainable Futures Trust.

Cost
Registrations received by 20th February 2001 – waged $30, unwaged $20.
Those received after the 20th - waged $35, unwaged $25

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PROUT Intensive
The conference will be followed on Sunday the 4th and Monday the 5th by a
2 day introductory Prout Intensive as part of a Global PROUT Convention which is also being held at the Tapu Te Ranga Marae. PROUT is a new socio-economic philosophy that balances the material, the intellectual and the spiritual. More information about PROUT can be found at the websites www.prout.org & www.proutworld.org

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* Please send me a registration form for the
“Globalisation or Localisation” Conference yes/no

* I would like to promote the conference. Please contact me. yes/no

* Please send me information about the PROUT Intensive yes/no

For further information contact
Bruce Dyer
Proutist Universal
P. O. Box 984, Nelson Ph/fax 03 548 7284
Email: bdyer@prout.org
Website: www.prout.org/globalisation

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