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Dang Huong Giang

Local actions inspire change

Dang Huong Giang will tell stories from 5 years of running a Vietnamese non-profit organization, Action for the City, showing how small scale actions can affect change through networking with other individuals and institutions.

Dang Huong Giang founded Action for the City in 2006 to promote sustainable urban development. Action for the City, a registered local non-governmental organization in Hanoi, encourages citizens to minimize consumption of resources, carries out communication campaigns on reduction of transport emissions, and promotes green spaces and organic urban agriculture. Giang has been an active advocate for civil society in Vietnam for the past decade as a senior trainer and consultant for the Center for Community Empowerment and as Education Program Manager for Catholic Relief Services. Giang holds an MA in sociology from Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

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Michel Bauwens

The concept of change in the age of P2P and the Commons

The present system is in crisis and the old alternatives do not seem to be able to convince many people, which means the field is wide open for the human imagination and Nowtopian social experimentation. This new reality is reflected in the rapid and successful emergence of shared and global innovation commons such as those for open content, free software, and shared designs for making and manufacturing, which are also creating new economies and forms of sustainability.

These new social movements, which are largely operating outside of the traditional institutional frameworks, are inventing new ways of being and knowing that could very well save human civilisation, now on a deadly collision course with the natural world. What can we say about the new learning processes and the relationship between inner transformation, cultural shifts, and new institutions that are being built by those pioneers?

Michael Bauwens is the founder of the Peer-to-Peer Foundation, Thailand, and lecturer at Bangkok University: Peer-to-peer learning and social construction.

Michel is a Belgian Peer-to-Peer theorist and an active writer, researcher and conference speaker on the subject of technology, culture and business innovation. He  collaborates with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He has been an analyst for the United States Information Agency, knowledge manager for British Petroleum (where he created one of the first virtual information centers), eBusiness Strategy Manager for Belgacom, as well as an internet entrepreneur in his home country of Belgium.

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Marilyn MehlmannMyths that bind: Utopia, human nature and economic laws

A sustainable society, if we could describe it, would be a kind of Utopia. Why should we think we can create Utopia now, when all previous efforts seem to have failed? What is there in human nature, and in the nature of money, that helps or hinders?

Marilyn Mehlmann is passionate about people. She also has a passion (and track record) for empowering and supporting people and groups all over the world to acquire skills, knowledge and responsibilities beyond their immediate horizons.

Marilyn is General Secretary of Global Action Plan International. She is also the Chief trainer and program designer of GAP International with 20 years experience from more than 20 countries. To be able to do this cross cultural work she has designed a unique method and training program for cultural adaptation of action and educational programmes. See Marilyn talk about empowerment.

Check out Marilyn’s blog or Global Action Plan International

Trewin Restorick

Failing, Learning and Changing

Trewin will explore what he has learnt since founding Global Action Plan 18 years ago concentrating on the journey of the organization and highlighting how he could have enabled it to become even more effective in encouraging sustainable behaviour change.

Trewin Restorick is the CEO of independent environmental charity Global Action Plan, which he founded in 1993. The charity runs programmes to reduce carbon emissions, energy consumption and waste with businesses, schools, community organisations and households.

GAP UK has won a range of awards including the Ashden Award for sustainable energy for its employee behaviour change programmes and was recently highly commended in the Charity Times Awards, Business Charity Awards and Green Business Awards.

Trewin is the Chair of the Environmental IT Leadership Team (EILT), sits on the Defra Third Sector Advisory Board, is a trustee for Sustainability and Environmental Education, and co-chaired Defra’s Compact Group which won the National Compact Award for Excellence. Trewin has been trained as one of Al Gore’s UK Climate Change Ambassadors and is a frequent media commentator on environmental issues appearing on Channel 4 News, Sky News, BBC Breakfast. Trewin is a regular contributor to the Guardian’s Sustainable Business network.

Check out Trewin’s blog or GAP UK




Esbjörn Jorsäter

Lessons from Myths

You will get to know the essential elements that are common for tails and myths around the globe and to see how they can help you understand your life and change your future.

Esbjörn Jorsäter is a teacher of drawing comics and telling stories by drawing. He has published books on the subject and runs courses on how to draw comics, some with sustainability as the focus, so far in Sweden, Kosovo, Belarus, Finland, Greenland and iceland. Esbjörn is also published through the Swedish Public Service television and the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company.

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