André Barata, a philosopher by training, is a professor at the University of Beira Interior, where he has developed study cycles in the field of political science. He is also the coordinator of the Praxis Center of Philosophy, Politics and Culture. His areas of interest, besides social and political philosophy, are phenomenological and existential thinking as well as the philosophy of degrowth . He has published several essay books, the latest being, “E se parássemos de sobreviver?” (“What if we stopped surviving?”) (2018). He writes a monthly essay entitled “Think Slowly” for Jornal Económico in Portugal.
Helena Norberg-Hodge is a pioneer of the local economy movement. She is a widely respected analyst of the impact of the global economy and international development on local communities, local economies, and personal identity, and is a leading proponent of ‘localization’, or decentralization, as a means of countering those impacts. Her most recent book, Local is Our Future: Steps to an Economics of Happiness has been described by author David Korten as a “must read for our time.” The Earth Journal counted Helena among the world’s “ten most interesting environmentalists.” Since 1975, she has worked with the people of Ladakh, or “Little Tibet”, to find ways of enabling their culture to meet the modern world without sacrificing social and ecological values. For these efforts she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. She was awarded the prestigious Goi Peace Prize in 2012.
Sohail Inayatullah, Ph.D., is a researcher at Metafuture.org, an international think-tank focused on creating alternative and preferred futures. Inayatullah has authored and edited thirty books, journal special issues and over 350 journal articles and book chapters, as well as contributed articles to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Peace, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, The Macmillan Encyclopedia of the Future and the UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems. His most recent book is “Asia 2038: Ten Disruptions that Change Everything”.
James Quilligan has been an analyst in the field of international economic development since 1975. From 1978-1984, he was a researcher and press secretary for the Independent Commission on International Development Issues, chaired by West German Chancellor Willy Brandt. Since then, Quilligan has served as an advisor and writer for leaders, governments and economic institutions in more than fifty countries. He is presently Managing Director of Economic Democracy Advocates, which promotes equitable and sustainable resource management.