Held June 26-29, 2016, ISEE will focus on these critical themes, and will facilitate dialogue between practitioners and researchers to advance such an economic transformation. The transformation agenda must include tangible solutions that support an economy that is in sync with the biological and physical systems of our planet, and that builds capacity for human well-being and justice. Particular attention will be given to urban communities that are home to almost 60 percent of the world’s population and that are characterized by cultural diversity and social disparity. Keynote speakers for the conference: Frances Moore Lappé, founder of the Small Planet Institute, Dr. Renato Maluf, associate professor of Agriculture, Development and Society (CPDA) at Brazil's Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Minister Jairam Ramesh, Indian economist and politician, and Mokgadi Monamati, senior natural resource officer of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Industry, Botswana. Additional biographical information for the keynoters can be found below.
Frances Moore Lappé is the author and co-author of 18 books including the best selling Diet for a Small Planet. Gourmet Magazine named Frances one of the twenty-five most influential people (including Thomas Jefferson, Upton Sinclair, and Julia Child) whose work has changed the way America eats. Her most recent work World Hunger: 10 Myths, which she co-authored with Joseph Collins, was published in October 2015. Frances is the cofounder of three organizations, including the Oakland based think tank Food First and the Small Planet Institute which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. Frances and her daughter have also cofounded the Small Planet Fund, which supports democratic and social movements around the world.