“Building a Solidarity Economy based on Ethics and Ecology”
7 – 9 July 2011
La Sala I del Centro Simón Bolívar de Parque Central, Caracas, Venezuela
Economy, ecology, community health, indigenous rights, cooperatives, women’s rights, and spiritual wisdom were presented by nationally and internationally recognized authorities at the “Building a Solidarity Economy based on Ethics and Ecology” conference in downtown Caracas. Approximately 400 people attended the three-day conference on July 7-9, 2011 organized by the Prout Research Institute of Venezuela. Twenty-nine speakers presented, representing 15 progressive non-government organizations, a government-owned bank, two large cooperatives, and four university professors.
Panel 4: “Ethics for Personal and Social Transformation”
Facilitator: Nieves Pino, economist, social worker
1. Sandra Castillo Castro Delegada UCV to the Organization of American States, and member of the Economic Advisory Committee of AnimaNaturalis Internacional, and Luís Verdú Brito president of the Student Center of Economic Faculty of UCV: “Economic Trends Towards the Ethical Treatment of Animals”
Two television interviews were done, on TELESUR for 30 minutes which is broadcast in all the countries of Latin America, and on Venezuelan National Television VTV for 15 minutes. Five radio stations interviewed the Venezuelan Prout Institute: Radio Nacional de Venezuela (twice for one hour each), Radio Fe y Alegria (1 hour), Radio de Ateneo (10 min.) and Barquisimeto community radio (20 min.)
Before the conference a total of 1,400 large, full color Prout posters were hung in the cities of Caracas, Guarenas, Guatire, Merida, Maracay and Barquisimeto, and viewed by thousands of people.
Over a thousand people stopped to see the Prout “Thought Exhibition” stand in front of the auditorium which had 10 banners with clear text and beautiful images that illustrated the following subjects: Introduction to Prout, Prout’s Economic Democracy, Prout Cooperatives, Prout and Ecology, Neohumanism, Spiritual Practices of Prout, Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, Prout Research Institute, Centro Madre, and the Neohumanist Kindergarten.