Ecocity 2019 addresses the way humanity builds its home — its cities, towns and villages.
The Ecocity World Summit is the longest-standing international Summit that addresses building cities in balance with nature. It is a biennial event involving over 1,000 delegates from around the world. The first Summit in this series was held in Berkeley, USA in 1990 with the purpose of bringing together bright minds to share knowledge on ecological and sustainable city designs. Ecocity Builders, a nonprofit corporation, has since been convening Summits in different locations around the globe such as Abu Dhabi, UAE in 2015 and Melbourne, Australia in 2017.
This year, the Summit will be hosted by the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in collaboration with the City of Vancouver and Tourism Vancouver at the Vancouver Convention Centre West from October 7 – 11, 2019.
The Vancouver Economic Commission is delivering a pre-summit workshop on economic prosperity on October 7 and invites all conference pass holders to attend. Registration is still open for a variety of ticket types.
Workshop: Alternative Visions of Economic Prosperity (October 7)
Conventional metrics for measuring economic prosperity such as GDP and unemployment communicate a limited perspective on a region’s economic wellbeing. To better understand the complexity of economic wellbeing and community resilience, alternative visions of economic prosperity should be considered and potentially integrated to form a comprehensive and meaningful picture of a community’s strengths and needs. Indicators drawn from indigenous worldviews, health and wellness research, faith-based leadership, social innovation practices, the labour movement, entrepreneurship, and resilience theory and practice all offer alternative visions of economic prosperity.
This workshop facilitates a friendly exchange of views and explores potential common ground that may exist between conventional and alternative visions of prosperity. For municipal decision-makers, the EcoCties of the future will require sophisticated and multi-dimensional metrics that capture the experience of all residents and reveal opportunities for intervention that will provide equitable benefits to residents.