Events with Feasta member participation

Democracy and the EU

by Deirdre de Burca (deburcad@gofree.indigo.ie), Green Party Councillor for County Wicklow.

This paper was presented at the Desmond Greaves Summer School on Sunday 29th August, 2004. Deirdre de Burca argues that “the creation of the European Union has generally been subject to the process of “collusive delegation” and….the democratic deficit experienced by its citizens has been largely designed into its architecture rather than being an unfortunate by-product of agreements reached by its well-meaning political leaders and officials.”

‘The Last Debate on Earth : Turning Problems into Solutions’

Date: June 25 2000
Venue: Castle Espie
Feasta and Lagan Valley Permaculture were the facilitators of ‘ The Last Debate on Earth : Turning Problems into Solutions,’ which was the main event of the 2000 Green Living Fair. The debate featured Judith Hoad, Irvine Lavery, Marcus McCabe, Christopher Day the ecological architect, Bob Ornelas who is currently Deputy Mayor of Arcata in California, and Feasta’s Richard Douthwaite. …

Convergence 00

Date: April 22-May 1 2000
Venue: Temple Bar, Dublin

Feasta were the main partners in Convergence 00, a celebration of green, healthy and ethical living held in Temple Bar Dublin from Earth Day, 22nd of April to Labour Day, 1st of May.

Feasta were the main partner of Sustainable Ireland’s ‘Convergence Festival’ which took place in Dublin at the end of April. This celebration of green, healthy and ethical living was held at venues in and around Temple Bar. This 11 day festival set out to promote and popularise ‘sustainability’ with workshops, films, talks and seminars that explored the …

The Barataria Project

In May of 1999 the Feasta committee travelled to Soesterberg in Holland for a conference hosted by the EU funded Barataria project in which Feasta’s Richard Douthwaite acted as consultant.

Barataria is called after the imaginary island of Barataria which Silvio Gesell, the radical 1930s economist and progenitor of the alternative currencies movement, invented in his seminal book Die Wunderinsei. The focus of the project is to devise ways of including local businesses in community exchange networks in order to increase their economic impact in depressed areas.

Feasta members enjoyed presentations from Bernard Lietaer and the four participant projects: the …