The Conference on the Future: Energy, Economy, and Environment: Sustainability vs. Deflation features keynote talks by Nicole Foss, Dr. Joe Tainter, Steve Keen, Richard Douthwaite, David Korowicz, Chris Bedford, and Aaron Wissner.
The conference takes place in Michigan from Thursday, November 11, 2010 through Sunday, November 14, 2010.
In addition to previous conference assumptions that climate change and peak oil exist, this 2010 conference assumes that a debt deflation spiral currently exists, and that monetary reform may be necessary in order to achieve resilient, sustainable cultures.
Keynote presentations will be delivered by the following:
Together, the speakers and participants will study the implications of economic deflation, taking a risk analysis perspective, and especially examining the risks of economic crisis and economic collapse.
Solutions to be studied include community oriented ones including permaculture, transition towns, bioregionalism, local environmentalism, and other efforts to relocalize, increase local resilience, and move towards lasting cultures of sustainability.
The conference invites all those interested in these themes to join as participants, speakers, partners, and sponsors.
Potential speakers may email: papers [at]localfuture.org for more information and an application form.
Those organizations interested in sponsoring or partnering, email: sponsor [at] localfuture.org for details on sponsorship and partnering opportunities.
Potential participants are encouraged to visit localfuture.org for up to the minute details, including final details on the venue, rates, additional speakers, and the first day of conference registration.
"This timely gathering strives to paint a picture of the possible future of debt deflation and continued economic recession, and help individuals, organizations, businesses, and government entities to prepare for an uncertain future," says Aaron Wissner, President of Local Future.
Local Future is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization dedicated to the study of energy, economy, environment and solutions for resilience and lasting sustainability. In 2008, Local Future organized "The International Conference on Peak Oil and Climate Change: Paths to Sustainability" and the "Conference on Michigan's Future: Energy, Economy and Environment" (which was repeated and expanded upon in 2009). In 2010, Local Future organized a tour of Nicole Foss for the midwest USA, and is organizing "The 2010 International Conference on the Future: Energy, Economy, and Environment: Sustainability vs. Deflation". Free online videos of featured conference keynotes, as well as MP3 recordings of all presentations, are available at localfuture.org. Local Future is directed by founder Aaron Wissner, Albert Bates, and Thaddeus Owen.