For Planet & People: Reshaping the Economy

  • Tuesday, 25 August, 2020 - 07:30 to Tuesday, 25 August, 2020 - 10:15
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  • The Future Economy Network
  • anyone interested in economics or changing the economy for good, SME's, individuals, students, academics, businesses with purpose, sustainable interests, BAME communities


We are keeping a close eye on all updates in relation to COVID-19. Our events up until the end of August have been confirmed as interactive webinars/online workshops, including our valuable networking sessions and 60 second pitches.

The current economic structure is failing the environment; our quest for infinite economic growth is not possible on a finite planet. With profit currently being the key motivational factor, our economy needs to be reshaped to treat people and planet with equal importance.

Join us to discuss economic theories and how businesses can implement positive change by helping the economy work for the planet and people.

The Future Economy Network welcome Network members Triodos Bank, Economic Pluralism and University of Bristol to speak at this event.

Henry Leveson-Gower, Founder and CEO at Economic Pluralism will be speaking on “Post Pandemic: Systemic Policy Innovation to deliver a Green Recovery”
Many are calling for a ‘Green Recovery’, which generally proposes a Keynesian stimulus invested in green technology and infrastructure which also creates employment.
However it is not clear that investment in green ‘things’ is always or necessarily the answer. If we are to deliver ecological regeneration, for instance, this will involve complex system change in agri-food systems, water and land management and more. So how can Government invest in system change to avoid ecological collapse?
Henry Leveson-Gower will propose a new practical policy approach to Government investment which is coherent with complex systems thinking and supports true strategic public-private collaborations. This draws inspiration from Elinor Ostrom’s dictum that policy makers should stop designing interventions to get others to do what they want but rather design institutions within which people are more likely to do the right thing of their own volition.
He will present a specific example of an application to deliver sustainable river catchments which he is piloting with others and support from Surrey University.

Amy Robinson, Partnerships Manager, Triodos Bank
For 40 years, Triodos Bank has recognised that human progress cannot be reduced to annual GDP growth, and that economic growth without adequate levels of equality ends up excluding people from basic needs, human dignity and resilience. The bank believes that people, planet and prosperity must be at the heart of both policy and business investment decisions, as economic growth makes way for a better understanding of the value of wellbeing.
Amy will discuss the role of the financial sector in this change, and consider how banks have the opportunity and responsibility to reshape the financial system to make it fairer and more sustainable.

Jenneth Parker, Research Director, The Schumacher Institute
This talk will draw on our systems background in new economic thinking and modelling to provide an introduction to moves for Wellbeing Economy and the social and political upheavals after/during the COVID pandemic. Future scenarios will be discussed and the likely rapid development of some kind of Wellbeing approach to economy will be analysed in terms of the challenges for business. The example of Wales will be explored as an illustration of the new landscape in which progressive business will likely be operating. The conclusion will point to this as an iterative and collaborative process, where businesses can help towards making a future based on Wellbeing and resilience a reality.

Niels Schneider, Researcher and Teaching Associate, University of Bristol
If the economy is to work for the planet and people, it is in need of large-scale changes to the way we produce and consume. Entrepreneurs have long been recognised as change agents that overthrow existing structures in the market. Placed into the sustainability context ecopreneurs have been identified as a type of entrepreneur that place planet and people at the heart of the organisations they build. This holds the potential for ecopreneurs to change industries towards sustainable practices.
In this talk, Niels Schneider will explain the concept of ecopreneurship, show how ecopreneurs address sustainable development in their business models and explore how the economy could change if we replace profit maximising with sustainable development as the overarching goal in businesses.

07:30 - 07:45 - Registration
07:45 - 08:05 - Facilitated Networking
08:05 - 08:15 - Introduction from The Future Economy Network
08:15 - 08:25 – Henry Leveson-Gower, Economic Pluralism
08:25 - 08:35 - Q&A with Henry
08:35 - 08:45 - Amy Robinson, Triodos Bank
08:45 - 08:55 - Q&A with Amy
08:55 – 09:05 – Jenneth Parker, Schumacher Institute
09:05 - 09:15 - Q&A with Jenneth
09:15 - 09:25 - Niels Schnider, University of Bristol
09:25 - 09:35 - Q&A with Niels
09:35 - 09:45 - Wrap Up Q&A
09:45 - 09:50 - 60 Second Pitches
09:50 - 09:55 - Close
09:55 - 10:05 - Optional Facilitated Networking Group 1
10:05 - 10:15 – Optional Facilitated Networking Group 2

Meet The Speakers!

Henry Leveson-Gower, Founder and CEO, Economic Pluralism
Henry Leveson-Gower has over 25 years experience of applying a pluralist approach to economics to inform environmental policy in the UK and internationally. He currently works part-time on agri-food chain sustainability in Defra. Outside Defra he is CEO and founder of promoting economic pluralism and editor of The Mint Magazine. This presentation draws on his work as a research fellow at the Centre for Evaluating Complexity Across The Nexus at the University of Surrey in 2017. He is also a fellow of The RSA, has a degree in philosophy and is a qualified chartered accountant.

Amy Robinson, Partnerships Manager, Triodos Bank
Amy has worked at Triodos Bank since 2016. As Partnerships Manager, she promotes the importance of ethical investment and the positive use of money to achieve social and environmental goals. She manages a number of strategic partnerships as well as coordinating Triodos Bank’s ‘Change Finance’ agenda in the UK, including supporting the APPG-led Bankers for Net Zero project and plans for COP26. Amy also works closely with the bank’s Chief Economist and team at head office in the Netherlands.
Her previous and current voluntary board positions include Cabot Institute’s Advisory Board, Environmental iNet SW, SustainabilitySW, The Design Programme, The Architecture Centre and the Bristol Green Capital Partnership.

Jenneth Parker, Research Director, The Schumacher Institute
Jenneth’s role is to initiate, develop and support research initiatives and a culture of debate and discussion at the Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems (SISS), Bristol. The Schumacher Institute is part of the Schumacher family of organisations, inspired by a vision of appropriate technology and interdependent flourishing of human and ecological communities. Fritz Schumacher was concerned about issues of scale and human-centred organisation, particularly about the importance of meaningful work and a critical assessment of technology on this basis. TSI takes these commitments and works with them using systems thinking approaches across the 3 sectors of state, business and civil society especially with regard to big-picture thinking and research about changing the economy for people and planet. They have been involved in some key international research collaborations and we are now pleased to be an active part of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance.

Niels Schneider, Researcher and Teaching Associate, University of Bristol
Niels’ research is concerned with sustainability driven entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainable supply chain management.
In his bachelor’s degree, Niels majored in business administration with a minor in economics. He followed this up with am master’s in management in which he first started researching entrepreneurship. Before returning to the University of Bristol to do his PhD, Niels spent a year working as the head of finance in an ad-tech start-up, overseeing a phase of rapid growth and internationalisation. In May Niels first authored book “Ecopreneurship: Business practices for a sustainable future” was published as part of the De Gruyter Studies in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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