Lasting Wellbeing - Cities or Countryside? Green Drinks June Forum
- 05-06-2018 18:30 - 21:00
- naked Hub@Beijing West Road, Shanghai
“The physical world reflects our spiritual outlook. If we want to change the conditions of the physical world, we have to change our mindset.”
Seeds of Change Mantra
Andy Couturier, an American writer, has looked deep into the future of the most advanced economy on this planet – Japan, which is also the most urbanized nation with over 96% of its population living in cities and a consumer appetite that can be matched by few other countries.
In his book, The Abundance of Less, Andy documents the lives of 10 Japanese individuals who have left behind the clockwork of industrial economies and the obsession with consumption. Most importantly: they have succeeded in finding meaning in what they do outside the mainstream economic system. They live in genuine satisfaction, care for a small patch of land, grow most of their food themselves and balance their intellectual interests with a long-forgotten trade and art. In his book, Andy gives them a platform to share their ideas and vision - one that we should collectively listen to because they point towards a single solution for many of the social & environmental challenges we face today.
So will we thrive in cities or in the countryside? Could it really be that these individuals can show us a path which brings balance to both, our lives and the global ecosystem?
Green Initiatives has invited Andy to Shanghai to share his insights with our community. Join us for our 110th monthly sustainability forum on June 5th, also the World Environment Day, to engage in a public dialogue about our collective future.
Note: Event will be completely in English.
- 18:30-19:15 Registrations and networking
- 19:15-19:45 Andy Couturier speaking on The Abundance of Less
- 19:45-20:15 Moderated discussion / Q&A
- 20:15-20:45 Open discussion with the attendees
- 20:45-21:30 Networking / end of event
About Andy Couturier
Andy Couturier is the American author of two books, Writing Open the Mind: Tapping the Subconscious to Free the Writing and A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance. The Abundance of Less, his latest, is a revised and updated edition of his previous work.
He is the founder and creative director for The Opening, a center for creative writing. His essays and articles on ecology, sustainable living, and the problems inherent with nuclear power have appeared in The Japan Times, The North American Review, Adbusters, Kyoto Journal, The Oakland Tribune, and Creative Non-Fiction.
He was born in New York, New York, United States, and grew up in Washington D.C. and Chicago. He is a graduate of the English composition MA program at San Francisco State University, and lived in Japan for four years. He runs a private writing school, The Opening, in Oakland, California, and also teaches in Santa Cruz.
For more details www.theabundanceofless.com or the official website for Andy's China trip www.taol.greeninitiatives.cn