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Living Economies Expo eUpdate: 8 February 2017

Wednesday, February 08, 2017   Posted in: Conferences By: Administrator With tags: conferences, economy

Welcome to this Living Economies Expo newsletter. There is much to share in this update!

Living Economies Expo.A reminder of the basic details for the Living Economies Expo…

Dates: Friday 31st March to Sunday 2nd April 2017. Some post Expo trips are also being planned for Monday 3rd April.

  • Friday at the Lyttelton Recreation Centre (Winchester Street); and
  • Saturday and Sunday at the Lyttelton Primary School (Oxford Street).

I am hopeful that I will be able to tell you that the website for the Expo will be live next week. Then you can register!

Check out the Living Economies Expo on Facebook.

I am getting a lot of feedback that people consider the timing of the Living Economies Expo particularly relevant.

The maximum number of people we can accommodate is 300. You will see a range of fees and ways of payment when the website launches. Ultimately it is up to you to decide where you fit.

This is shaping up to be an event that fulfils its mission - to seed systemic change in our country.

Warm regards
On behalf of the Living Economies Educational Trust
Margaret Jefferies

More speakers confirmed for the Expo

Bios for all these people will be available over the next few days:

  • Nafeez Ahmed;
  • Stephanie Rearick;
  • Tamati Kruger;
  • Nathan Surendran;
  • Bronwyn Hayward; and
  • Phil Stevens.

Helpful reading leading into the Expo

You may find the Local Futures, Localization Booklet will give you helpful background information. This booklet gives a comprehensive coverage of the many issues and their inter-relationship; these will be talked about at the Living Economies Expo.

Give feedback on a Expo session offering

Jan Jeans is offering a session on exploring the threads of connection. Jan would like to have a bit of an idea as to how many people plan to attend her offering. Email Margaret Jefferies (Margaret[at] indicating your thoughts in the subject line:

  • ‘yes, yes’ (Yes I am coming to the LE Expo and yes I would like to go to the movement session)
  • ‘yes, no’ (Yes I am coming to the LE Expo but no I won’t attend that particular session).

You won’t be locked into this choice we simply want to get an approximate ratio of who is in for Jan’s gift.

More about Jan Jeans' proposed session

Relationship is not something we do- it is something we are. And as our nervous system is designed for movement we will use dance to explore our hunger for belonging and connection. Are we able to feel our differences and at the same time recognise our ultimate interdependence in order to thrive and survive?

This 90-minute workshop is a space to explore the threads of connection between us, shake off the headiness of the day and get the body involved! Jan Jeans offers HeartDance classes in Lyttelton and is a student of Open Floor conscious dance.

Film evenings building up to the Expo

Juliet Adams will be running film evenings prior to the Expo. Relevant LIFT books will be on display.

Dates and Time: Fridays starting at 7.15pm. There will be plenty of time for discussion over a cuppa.
Location: Project Lyttelton’s The Portal (54A Oxford Street - up the drive between the playground and the swimming pool).
Cost: Koha or Timebank credits.

Contact Juliet at LIFT Library for more information (03 328 8139 or lift[at]

  • Friday 10th February: “Money and Life”
    A documentary on what money is, its negative effects and what positive actions are being taken. This event will also include short films on alternatives, including Lucie Ozanne’s TED talk on Timebank and the quakes, and Gary Flomenhoft on reclaiming the wealth of the commons – both speakers at the LE EXPO.
  • Friday 24th February: Alternative approaches to using money
    This session will focus more on the economics of community and social health. Featuring Michael Shuman, Rex Verity, Raf Manji, and two participants at the Expo – Gar Alperovitz and Stephanie Rearick.
  • Friday 3rd March: “True Prosperity”
    This session will feature Tim Jackson (speaking in ChCh on 17th February) and several short videos on localization, and the power of people being connected by their actions rather than by money, including savings pools and transition towns. These are among the themes of “The Next System Project”.
  • Friday 24th March: What’s real democracy?
    Consider NZ’s inequality with Bryan Bruce, and the current unhelpful focus on what’s wrong with the world. This session will include several short videos on bringing back real democracy in society and in economics.

Growing the Seeds of Change Radio Show

PlainsFM will host a 6-week series ‘Growing Seeds of Change’ featuring interviews of the various speakers at the Living Economies Expo. Anneleise Hall will front the programme which will broadcast on Tuesdays from 4.30 to 4.55pm.

Help co-create the Living Economies Expo

Thank you, thank you, thank you! In the last newsletter we had quite a long list of requests, what we were seeking help for – and they almost all got answered! For new readers of this newsletter I keep reminding people that this is a co-created event, and it’s working! It is like magic watching the requests being answered.

Many people are offering to help me and I’ve been a bit unknowing of what jobs to give out. Then I had an aha moment and realised I needed to divide things into blocks and ask for help with those. So the requests this week are mainly around these blocks.

Here is this week’s list of what we are looking for…

  • Someone to help Nathan Surendran (nathan[at] create a legacy of the Living Economies Expo. Creating or drawing together material that people can continue to learn from once the event has passed.
  • A PR person for Stephanie Rearick while she is in New Zealand. Stephanie is looking to engage with communities throughout NZ during the two weeks following the Expo, especially around her development, Mutual Aid Networks. She is also a musician and wouldn’t mind some gigs.
  • A co-ordinator for visits to some interesting examples around Christchurch/Banks Peninsula on the Monday after the Expo.
  • People to co-ordinate the related entertainment on the Friday and Saturday evenings. Some parts of these spaces have ideas being developed already.
  • A transport co-ordinator to think through what might be required and suggest solutions. Two CCC community vans are booked, and we have been offered some electric cars for running around, and we will need to do some pick ups from the airport. Car parking will be problematic on Saturday with the Farmers Market.
  • Someone to co-ordinate decorating the spaces, particularly the Recreation Centre for the Friday. One suggestion is some large flower/flax arrangements.

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