Living the New Economy is your access point to creating a new economic reality.
It’s a conversation and exploration of new ideas and new ways of living…
in order to create abundance, equality and sustainability.
New economy? What does any economy, new or old, have to do with you and me? Everything. It is you and me who make the agreement to exchange value with each other in specific ways. Our dominant economic agreement is a financial one, to use money, cash, bucks, loonies, two-nies, credits and debits to make our exchanges. We’ve mono-cultured our economy as sure as we’ve mono-cultured our prairie fields. This single-faceted system is not only vulnerable to crashes (or disease), it’s also a failure of imagination to build a more robust, even regenerative, system – one that is complex and multi-faceted akin to nature, diverse elements all working together with no waste and where all the parts have intrinsic value. A system that, eventually, is sustainable.
And you might be asking yourself: isn’t that a rather a long journey to get from here to there? Yes, it is, but it’s been embarked upon already by so many. Since 2012 Living the New Economy has been a facet in that journey educating ourselves and yourselves about what’s possible now and in the future, and then, acting on that. LNE started out because we noticed that these days it seems that money is an issue for everyone. We worry about it, we work hard for it, but there never seems to be enough. We seem to have less time for the things that deeply inspire and matter to us: love, family, friends, creative expression and community.
On a personal level the cost is our freedom and our connection to each other. On a much larger scale, because we seem bent on converting our living or natural capital into financial capital, the cost of our dominant economic system is the damage we are causing to the environment. The air, the soil, the plants and trees that give us oxygen and food, and the animals that share this planet with us are all suffering and dying because of our actions.
And it’s been damaging our social connections and systems too both personally and globally. We’d wager that most of us have a feeling in our hearts that there must be a better way. And while it’s clear that some of us have given up hope of making a difference, some of us are searching for ways we can have a positive impact. A few of us have even gained mastery in alternative ways of living, financing and resourcing our lives that support a better future (and it’s those people who tend to be the speakers and facilitators for LNE events!). None of us can do this on our own; we CAN do this together.
We can come together in conversation, education and action for a new way of living, caring and resourcing. We can learn to LIVE the new economy that is gaining foothold now. That’s the opportunity we offer at Living the New Economy.
WHAT IS LNE?
Living the New Economy is a global conversation for creating a new future where our economics and values are aligned. We explore how it is possible for us to grow as a culture and take care of our planet. We do this by bringing together innovators, environmentalists, activists, business people and thought leaders in the new economy in an extraordinary conversation. There are no easy answers. LNE provides a forum where people from a wide range of disciplines and experiences can engage so that we can find a better way to live, work and play together.
Living the New Economy events are designed to energize, accelerate and celebrate the people, institutions and collaborations that are bringing a new economic movement to life. These events will inspire new collaborations, facilitate new project partnerships, accelerate the work of social entrepreneurs, and showcase local innovation.
ELEMENTS OF ‘THE NEW ECONOMY’
- economic activities that bring the human economy into greater balance with our natural ecosystems;
- a movement towards a more equitable economic arrangement for people and communities, including more collaborative and distributed forms of ownership and greater economic democracy;
- the building of economic, physical and social resilience in local economies and communities;
- the “sharing economy”, which includes collaborative consumption and the restoration of a more human and social element to economic transactions and other economic activities;
- and the use of new technologies, especially communications and internet-based technologies, to make all of the above possible in ways they haven’t been before.
- The New Economy cannot be reduced to a strategy or an “idea” to be considered, but is an emergent phenomenon that is being manifest in many different ways all over the world right now, in response to the rapidly changing economic, technological, social and ecological environments. The economy is being transformed, and the question for stakeholders is “Do we wish to be leaders in this transformation, or followers?”
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Many of us look at the struggle and damage caused by our current economic system and we have a deep sense that something needs to change. Sometimes the problem seems so big that we as individuals don’t know how to respond. LNE is for people who are ready for something new and who know that it’s going to take a collective of thinkers, movers and shakers to make it happen.
Whether you are an expert or a fresh-eyed explorer of the new economics, LNE events will provide you with a wealth of information, stimulating conversations and new connections.
WHAT YOU WILL GET OUT OF IT
Having a life full of experience, adventure, growth and even MONEY need not be inconsistent with our values. Within the wisdom of the New Economy lies the access to living, working and doing business in such a way that’s satisfying to our soul, compassionate to our community, and regenerative to our planet. Join us to learn, discover, network, connect and empower – with an ever-growing community of citizens, social architects, change agents and leading businesspeople.
WHO WE ARE
Living the New Economy is co-hosted by the Healing Cities Institute – a not-for-profit society dedicated to making cities places that enhance our physical, social, mental and spiritual health, and ad-hoc team coming together to form the Living the New Economy Society – which will be responsible for LNE’s events in 2016 and beyond. Since cities are made up of people and few things impact our social and mental health more than money, exploring different dimensions and approaches to the economy is key to the diversity, sustainable prosperity and health of any community.
“To have the opportunity to hear from community leaders who are at the forefront of their respective domains – in alternative currencies, permanomics, shared spaces, impact investing – was really something. Felt like a deep breath of fresh air, and left me lifted.”