Green economy  |  Events  |  07.06.2012

Sustainability, local economy and cooperatives

The Hungarian NGO Védegylet ("Protect the Future") is organising a two-day conference addressing the issue of ecological and social sustainability of the economy, focusing on the local level. Speakers will include practitioners, entrepreneurs, NGO activists, policy makers and researchers from Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Spain.

Date: 7th-8th of June 2012
Venue: HQ of Magnet Hungarian Community Bank, Andrássy út 98, 1062 Budapest, Hungary
Language: Hungarian, translation in English

Sustainability certainly requires changing the rules of the global economy, but it presupposes also that decent jobs, a minimal level of welfare, and economic  activities be provided on the local level. A sustainable economic system needs ethical banking, responsible businesses, social entrepreneurs, local money and many other initiatives that may be labelled as ’alternative’ compared to mainstream finance-led global business.

The double objective of the conference is to overview the state-of-the-art of alternative economizing both internationally and in the Hungarian context. As 2012 is the International Year of Cooperatives, the conference will put a special emphasis on cooperatives and will investigate their potential in contributing to a sustainable local economy.

A draft programme (in English) can be downloaded here.

Védegylet – Protect the Future has been around since 2000 and has been encouraging people to participate in local and national public affairs since then. Campaigns against nuclear energy, the over-dredging and over-regulation of the Danube, saving trees in Budapest at the reconstruction of squares are all part of their agenda.