This year’s conference themes of Solidarity, Resilience and Hope will weave into workshops and activity tracks, tied together by keynote speakers Charles Eisenstein and Helena Norberg-Hodge. Charles Eisenstein is a self-described “degrowth activist” and the internationally-acclaimed author of Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, described by Publisher’s Weekly as “a revolutionary and interactive book…inspires the reader to think out of the ordinary.”
He has been described as “one of the up-and-coming great minds of our time.” Helena Norberg-Hodge is a pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement, where she has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for more than thirty years. She is an author, filmmaker and director of the organization Local Futures, which promotes a systemic shift away from economic globalization towards localization. In 2011, she produced and co-directed the award winning film, The Economics of Happiness.
Each year the summer conference showcases the ingenuity of member communities in the Ecovillage Sustainable Technology Exposition, or ESTE, a demonstration lab featuring sustainable technologies such as solar ovens, thermo-compost heating systems and water purifiers designed in European Ecovillages. Participants in the 5 day event can expect a family-friendly drug and alcohol free experience with the possibility to choose activities based on their interests, managed campsites with outdoor facilities and full vegetarian catering. “A more beautiful world IS possible… and you will experience a part of it during the gathering at Ӓngsbacka” welcomes Ewa Jacobsson of Ӓngsbacka.