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2017 Sustainable Enterprise Conference
One Planet for a Sustainable Future
Now in its 12th year, the Sustainable Enterprise Conference has long been the North Bay's premiere convening of professionals in the fastest growing segment in the economy--green business.
This year's theme, One Planet for a Sustainable Future, is inspired by the work of Bioregional and their One Planet Principles - a framework for sustainability that makes it easy, attractive and affordable for people everywhere to lead whole sustainable lifestyles.
Our Big Idea Studio plenary session explores how a New, Regenerative Economy can be forged from innovative use of a well-known but poorly understood and gravely under-utilized business model: the Cooperative. This traverse of Cooperatives will consider the potential for the Cooperative model to transform the material economy from one that is predominantly desperate, predatory, rapacious, and destructive. Envision instead an economy driven by; trust, not greed, well-being, not exclusively financial gain, community, not consumption and long-term vibrancy and resilience, rather than brittleness and short term growth. The four institutions of civil society that it is most essential to shift in order to build this NRE are Food Systems, Media, Finance, and Education. This Big Idea Studio will feature leaders from each of these sectors who will offer practical, actionable, and inspirational ideas about what the future could be, from each of their respective institutions.
Workshops and networking opportunities will allow participants to learn firsthand of the challenges and rewards of making this transition and will enable them to leave with tools and knowledge they can use to change their organizations. Our Sustainability in Practice track will offer hands-on training from professionals and consultants working in sustainability.