The two-day conference will look at different notions of ‘progress’, and discuss and explore the need for compassionate economics – an ‘economics of happiness’ – and what we can do to achieve it.
We will draw on the many inspiring examples of people working to build vibrant local economies – both around the world and in Ladakh itself. We will also explore different strategies to counter the onslaught of the corporate-led global economy in India and abroad. The event will provide a big-picture framework that unites political/economic action with inner/spiritual change.
A major focus will be on strategies that can strengthen and renew Ladakh's local economy and food systems, while addressing some of the region's most serious problems, including: the mountains of waste caused by the exponential growth of tourism and the spread of consumer culture; climate change; new “modern” health problems; the loss of cultural self-esteem; the threats to traditional Ladakhi farming systems and the growing dependence on imported industrial foods.
The programme will include a mix of activities: plenary talks, panels, workshops, world café-style and open space discussions, creative spaces, music and celebration.