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Green European Foundation organised a seminar in Brussels on the 21st of April 2016, as a part of the ECOPRO project, with the support of the Flemish Green think tank Oikos.
As a part of the ECOPRO project with a focus on the “Sustainable Work for All in a Post-Growth Society”, an inspiring seminar was held in Brussels, as an opportunity to engage with the different participants of the project. Three relevant speakers participated it the seminar with the presentations focusing on the central theme of the new ways of “work”, presented with a variety of perspectives.
The first speaker was Dustin Benton, head of Energy and Resources at Green Alliance, a charity and independent think tank focused on ambitious leadership for the environment. Mr. Benton gave a very interesting presentation about jobs in a circular economy. He participated in a study about the potential of new jobs in a circular economy in Italy, Poland and Germany.
The second speaker was Raimon Roda, director at the Baix Llobregat Agricultural park just outside Barcelona. He used the park as an example of the potentials for the agricultural areas near cities to foster sustainable development and evolution towards local food production.
The last speaker of the day was Anne Snick, expert on gender and social sustainable economy. Her presentation focused on the need of the current economy to serve the basic societal functions – efficient allocation of resources to the well being of all. Her presentation also highlighted the gender implications of contemporary economic system and possible solutions for such issues.
This seminar ended with a fruitful discussion and a lot of questions from the participants after each presentation.