More than 400 people will gather in Málaga (Spain) from 19th to 22nd April, at the first New Economy and Social Innovation Global Forum (NESI Forum). The event, which will take place at the Trade Fairs and Congress Center of Málaga (FYCMA), aims to bring together the main actors of change and opinion leaders with the goal to lay the foundations of a new economy paradigm that focuses on people and is better, fairer and more sustainable than the dominant system.
With this purpose, NESI Forum will gather representatives of the new economy movements, such as Christian Felber, founder of the Economy for the Common Good movement, which focuses on how companies can contribute towards people’s wellbeing; Gunter Pauli, creator of the concept of Blue Economy that believes in creating links between nature and economy to reduce our impact on the environment; and Peter Holbrook, from Social Enterprise UK, an organisation that represents over 20,000 socially responsible British businesses. The list of speakers continues with Brett Scott, a journalist and the author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (2013), Carlos Trías, an adviser to the European Economic and Social Committee; and Katherine Trebeck, senior researcher for Oxfam GB, amongst others.
NESI Forum’s programme has been co-created through a call for proposals that resulted in over 50 applications from all over the world. It includes keynotes, dialogues for change and, as a key ingredient, lots of working sessions, since the goal is to finish the event with a blueprint and practical ideas to build a new economy.
NESI Forum’s programme has been divided into 4 key areas: Rethinking Money: the future of finance, which will cover topics such as money creation and how to reshape banking and finances; The Organisations of the Future, with discussions about social purpose, conscious consumption and networking for the common good; Globalisation vs localisation to reflect on the future of cities, food sovereignty and how to democratise energy; and Learning and training for a new economy, which will deal with topics such as how to reshape education and the role of media in the new economy.
In addition to that, on 19th April, NESI Forum will host the presentation of the collaborative and co-created Málaga Charter, a document that will lay the foundations of the new economic paradigm that all the people and movements participating in NESI advocate for. On 22nd April, NESI Forum will offer participants the opportunity to meet and connect with local projects and attend the première of the documentary América Latina en Movimiento, produced by De America Soy.
Diego Isabel La Moneda, director of NESI, says: “This event is the beginning of a new stage in history in which the dominant economic system will be more responsible and at the service of people. Society has changed and economy must do so too.” And he adds: “With the support of our local hosts, the Malaga City Council and the Malaga Regional Council, we want Malaga to become the world’s capital for the new economy.”