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Economics of Happiness Conference

Local Futures and Happy City are jointly hosting the 18th International Economics of Happiness Conference in Bristol. The event takes place from 19 to 21 October 2018. 




The Economics of Happiness Conference Series is focused on kick-starting critical debate about the global corporate economy and on exploring alternatives that benefit society as well as the environment. The conferences have been hailed as an antidote to anger, contraction and despair. The series is lighting the fuse for a new economy in many parts of the world simultaneously, as it has been previously hosted in Japan, USA, Italy, South Korea, Australia and India. 


“This conference was truly inspiring – I nearly teared up walking back to my car at the end of it. Overall, I thought it was a wonderful antidote to ‘Trumpism’ and a much-needed gathering in these dangerous and dark times.”


Economics of Happiness Conferences brings together an international mix of changemakers that are offering solutions to the growing crisis we face – from widespread financial insecurity to epidemics of anxiety and depression, from climate change to the erosion of democracy. We will be looking beyond the outdated theatre of Left/Right politics to explore the foundations of systemic change.


This highly participative event features a mix of speakers, films, workshops, forums and activities to explore the power of local responses to effect Big Picture change. The goal is to provide you with the ideas, inspiration and tools for positive change that will lead to both personal and planetary wellbeing.



Friday 19th at The Foundation (Triodos) and St George’s 3pm-7pm

What is a wellbeing economy, what are the benefits and how can we take action?

Leaders debate: The role of big business in the wellbeing economy



Saturday 20th at Arnolfini 9am-6pm

‘Big Picture’ Plenary sessions with internationally respected speakers

Local responses to global issues with inspirational place-based case studies and ideas

‘Interactive Workshops’ to address key issues


Followed by a 6-9pm Evening celebration
(included on the day ticket, but also available separately)

Live music and networking. Local food and drinks will be available



Sunday 21st at Tobacco Factory 10am-12:30pm

Strength in numbers: How local businesses can support each other and enrich their local communities

- Free event - Sold out -


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