Friday, 24 May 2013

Some thoughts from Jo on the 'Beyond the Green Economy' Conference....


The Copenhagen Business School (CBS) may have seemed an unlikely setting for a Conference entitled ‘Beyond the Green Economy’  organised by the Occupy movement and Transition Denmark but the ever open minded Danes embraced the topic in an inspiring and thought-provoking event.

Charles Eisenstein author of ‘Sacred Economics’ opened the discussion with CBS lecturer Ole Berg on the idea of the ‘Gift Economy’ providing an alternative solution to our unsustainable and unequal economic system.  In essence this is the ancient and original form of economy in the pre monetised world, where giving when you have more than you need and taking only what you need eliminates scarcity and unequal distribution.

Niels I.Meyer  led the ‘Nordic Revolution’ advocating the limits to economic growth and dispelling the myth that unemployment cannot increase without growth and that the Green Economy is something of an oxymoron … a solution instead flexible working weeks for all according to the work needed to be done?

Dhanesvara Das talk ‘consciousness is the problem and consciousness is the solution’ shared how we can learn from the ‘Bhagavad-gita’ to have more ‘Sattva’ (goodness) and less ‘Rajas’ and ‘Tamas’, passion and ignorance, in our lives.

In the spirit of the Gift Economy, the whole event was free to attend including a free vegan lunch. It brought together people from all walks of life, and for me it was a positive sign towards a shift into the ‘mainstream’ for these ideas. For me this symbolised a re-emergence of the perhaps recessive gene of business to also give back and take a step along the path away from separation to the destination of Oneness