With the advent of steam power, economies around the world changed forever, and with them social and cultural norms. In the last 50 years, very little hasn’t been a matter for trading: jobs, knowledge, technologies, people, natural resources, finished goods, meat and produce, even water. If these exchanges have created opportunities for betterment, they also have had disastrous effects at the local level and on the environment.
We’re often told that to be of service to others we need to take care of ourselves first. Perhaps the signs of the past 20 years are pointing to a new direction that asks us to focus more on local and circular economies than attempting to create a new wave of consumers or good providers 5,000 miles away. Indeed, we are in need of new steam, but what would that be?
I’m inviting you to listen and discuss with designers (thinkers and doers) of new economic models, or should we say old models adapted to the realities of our time, which begs a series of questions:
1- Are the economic models taught in schools and universities already obsolete? (AM)
2- How can a small cohort of people change the fate of its community? (KJ)
3- How can Indigenous systems be of use and durably change how we relate to wealth? (WW)
Ngatihine (tribal member) Aotearoa (aka New Zealand), Cultural and Traditional Systems Revivalist.
Founded and sold the SOCAP conference, own Gatherlab.net Live and co founder of faithfinance.net on a farm on the river with kids and grandkids and my wife.
Curriculum Designer and Wellbeing Researcher Teaching Regenerative Economic Ecosystems