Event 3: Is small still beautiful?Can it keep us within the Planetary Boundaries?
The work of E.F. Schumacher in the 60s had a substantial effect on alternative thought, and his 1972 collection of essays Small is Beautiful provided a slogan for the whole movement.
In 1976 RT1.0 argued for radical decentralisation, small and simple local technologies, dispersed populations and cooperative communities. Many activists and environmental philosophers still do. But as the world moves ever closer to the ‘Planetary Boundaries’, are the decentralised approaches still appropriate? Do we need to move faster? Can we supply so many people with even basic needs without large-scale industrial systems?
This is the heart of the conference, and we want to ask the question in a variety of contexts.
Programme timetableSaturday 3rd September 9:30am - 6pm
The day consists of two sets of three parallel sessions, catalysed by principal contributors and a ‘Greek Chorus’ of commentators. The groups are expected to be small enough to allow all to participate. Session chairs can decide when to take coffee breaks. Rapporteurs will record main points in preparation for report back.
10:00 Introductions. Peter Harper, Godfrey Boyle, Chris Ryan
10:30 Parallel sessions
Schumacher’s Vision. Principal contributors: Simon Trace, Andrew Simms
Sheltering the 3 Billion. Principal contributors: Sandy Liddell Halliday, Pat Borer
Green Growth: Contradiction or Necessity? Principal contributors: Joe Ravetz, Gary Alexander
12:30 Lunch, provided by the Bristol Surplus Supper Club
Special extra events, to be announced
14:00 Parallel sessions
Live More, Move Less: Principal contributors: Hugh Barton, Ian Hogan
Feeding People is Easy – Or is it? Principal contributors: Erik Millstone, Tara Garnett
The Power to Change. Principal contributors: Sue Roaf, Jackie Carpenter
17:00 Plenary, brief reports from rapporteurs.
1800: Buffet Supper
Sheltering the ten billion
Green growth: a contradiction or a necessity?
Feeding people is easy – or is it?
Living more, moving less
The power to change
Some of the Principal speakers and contributors
The conference operates more or less in the spirit of the 70s: we’re all in it together and we all contribute.
Nevertheless there will be well-known spirits among us who have thought about these matters more than most, and often done them too. Here are some:
- Professor Herbert Girardet
- Professor Godfrey Boyle
- Professor Sue Roaf
- Rob Hopkins
- Nick Hart-Williams
- Colin Tudge
- Dr. Wendy Stephenson
- Alastair Sawday
- Dr. Tara Garnett
- Adam Twine
- Professor Erik Millstone
- Professor Sandy Liddell Halliday
- Simon Trace
- Professor Hugh Barton
- Dr. Joe Ravetz
- Martin Stott
- Professor Stephen Peake
- Thornton Kay
- Peter Harper
- Oliver Lowenstein
- Dr. Peter Head
- Paul Allen
- Dr. Jackie Carpenter
- Andrew Simms
- Professor Dot Griffiths
- Professor Dave Elliott
- Professor Robin Roy
- Martin Ince
- Stefan Szczelkun
- Dr Charlie Clutterbuck
- Professor Chris Ryan
- Dr Preben Maegaard
- Ian Roderick
- David King
- Professor Ed Kosior
- Fiona Matthews
- Dr Axel Goodbody
- Sarah Woods
- Dr Steve Cayzer