Towards a localised future: the rising global-to-local movement

A New Economy Convergence


This one-day meeting in London will provide an opportunity to take part in the rising global-to-local movement and to discuss the strategies required to move away from a corporate-led growth economy towards diverse local economies in service of people and planet.

There will be news of inspiring initiatives worldwide aimed at resisting global trade treaties and reclaiming our communities, cultures and natural environment. Meet others who care about democracy, social justice, fulfilling and dignified livelihoods, nutritious fresh food, meaningful education and about passing on a healthy and diverse environment to our children.

Speakers include Helena Norberg-Hodge, James Skinner, Molly Scott Cato, and Rupert Read (read more about the speakers here). The short version of The Economics of Happiness will be screened, and the event will include world café brainstorming sessions.


Saturday, September 17th, 2016 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Friends House 173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ (use Garden entrance)

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Tickets: £20 for a standard ticket; £15 for concessions. Full scholarships also available upon application; please email

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At a time of ‘austerity’ for so many, are there more beneficial uses for taxpayers’ money than mega airports and HS2?


In the FT today, James Skinner, chairman emeritus of the New Economics Foundation, asks fundamentally important questions about a stance often adopted by politicians with an interest in supporting multinational business.


He was prompted to do so by a recent FT editorial “A better plan for London airports”, which cited the fact that Schiphol offers more flights to China than Heathrow as an example of “Britain falling behind in the global race”. He asks:

  • But what exactly is this “global race”?
  • Where is the finishing line?
  • What is the prize we are competing for?
  • Are we really so desperately anxious that more and more people should come to London to change aeroplanes?
  • What do we get in exchange for the noise and air pollution from increasing air traffic?
  • What compensation is there for further loss of land to the hideous sprawl of airports?
  • Are we sure that extrapolations of growth in air travel are realistic anyway, given that oil prices will rise and alternative fuels are not yet in sight?


He concludes that there are many more beneficial ways to invest the vast sums needed to build a mega-airport.