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.