Briefly in English
Growth in Transition 2010 Conference
24 September 2010 10am–6pm, Vanha ylioppilastalo, Mannerheimintie 3, Helsinki
The conference is over but the organisers want to thank all the co-operation partners, speakers and participants. Warm thanks for sharing it with us!
- A brief report of the Conference is available here.
- Video clips of the Conference can be found from the virtual conference web page.
- A photostream is available at Flicr.
- Below, you can find the presentation materials of the plenary.
- Please note that also some of the working groups produced their reports and materials in English.
The interdisciplinary conference is targeted at academics, activists and experts working in the fields of economy, politics, social welfare and environment but it is aimed also at the broader public and the media. The programme of the conference is designed to enable discussion between keynote speakers, politicians, activists and experts and it aims to make the concept of degrowth more widely known in Finland. The conference is free of charge and we expect an audience of around 500 people. No pre-registration is required. Conference languages are English, Finnish and French and translation from French to English will be organised.
9:30 Doors open
10:00 Opening speech: Hannele Pokka, Ministry of the Environment
10:10 Keynote: Managing without Growth – Slower by Design, not Disaster, Peter Victor, York University, Canada
10:45 Keynote: Prosperity without Growth? Tim Jackson, University of Surrey, UK
11:20 Panel discussion: Johanna Korhonen, Journalist; Jan Otto Andersson, Åbo Akademi University; Sixten Korkman, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA); Peter Victor; Tim Jackson
12.30 Lunch break (at own cost)
13:30 Keynote: La décroissance, pourquoi et comment? Serge Latouche, Université Paris-Sud, France (in French, translated into English)
14:20 Commentary: Thomas Wallgren, University of Helsinki
14:30 Introduction to Workshops
14:45 – 16.45 Workshops (In workshops 3 and 6 the working language will be English)
16:45 Coffee break (at own cost)
17.00 Workshop presentations and discussion
17:30 Closing discussion
18:00 End of the Conference
Tim Jackson is professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the Research group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE). Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the aim of RESOLVE is to explore the links between lifestyles, societal values and the environment. In particular, RESOLVE aims to provide evidence-based advice to policy-makers who are seeking to understand and to influence people’s energy-related behaviours and practices. Tim Jackson’s current research interests include consumer behaviour, sustainable energy systems, ecological economics and environmental philosophy. In the last twelve years he has pioneered the development of an adjusted measure of economic growth – a green GDP – for the UK.
Since 2004, Tim Jackson has been Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission. Further, Jackson is the author of SDC’s groundbreaking report, now updated and expanded in the book Prosperity Without Growth – Economics for a Finite Planet (Earthscan, 2009). In addition to his academic work, Tim Jackson is an award-winning playwright with numerous radio-writing credits for the BBC.
Peter Victor, economist and the author of Managing without Growth – Slower by Design, not Disaster, is professor in environmental studies at York University. He has worked for over 40 years in Canada and abroad on economy and environment as an academic, consultant and public servant. Peter Victor was the founding president of the Canadian Society of Ecological Economics and a past-president of the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science. Currently he is a member of the Board of the David Suzuki Foundation and several advisory boards in the public and private sectors.
Serge Latouche is an emeritus professor of economics at the University Paris-Sud. He has written more than twenty books about global development, growth critique and degrowth, including Décoloniser l’imaginaire – La Pensée créative contre l’économie de l’absurde (Parangon, 2003) and Petit traité de la décroissance sereine (Mille et Une Nuits, 2007). The Finnish translation of Petit traité de la décroissance sereine (Jäähyväiset kasvulle) will be published in October 2010 by Into Kustannus.
The organiser of the conference is the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation.
Cooperation partners: Aalto University School of Economics, Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility Research Group; British Council; Cultural Section of the Embassy of France in Finland; Friends of the Earth Finland; the Green Cultural and Educational Centre ViSiO; Helsinki Metropolitan Area Reuse Centre Ltd; HYVI; Into Kustannus; the Left Forum; the Left Youth of Finland; Ministry of the Environment; Megapolis and The Finnish Nature League.
Growth in Transition 2010 Conference