Special Evening with Ecuadorian Minister of Buen Vivir, Freddy Ehlers

Jun 9, 2015 6:30pm - 9:30pm PST

1630 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94133

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We invite you to a very special evening with Mr. Freddy Ehlers, the head of Ecuador’s innovative Ministry of Buen Vivir and a friend of Pachamama Alliance within the government of Ecuador. Mr. Ehlers has been the minister of tourism and a presidential candidate in Ecuador, and is a global ambassador for the concept of Buen Vivir being the basis for a genuine measure of human progress.

Buen Vivir is the guiding principle and social development goal of Ecuador’s Constitution and is based on the indigenous people’s commitment to the health and well-being of the entire community of life. Its simple English translation is “good living” but much more deeply it is a vision of joyful, harmonious life with all people living abundant meaningful lives in harmony with each other and with the entire natural world. It is an antidote to our modern world’s entrancement with consumption, accumulation and more, of anything and everything.

The vision of Buen Vivir is completely consistent with the principles and message of Pachamama Alliance’s educational work in the world. Mr. Ehlers has participated in the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium and has great respect and gratitude for the work of the Pachamama Alliance.

Please join us for an important evening with a compelling spokesperson for the environment and humanity’s relationship with the natural world.

Event Details

  • 6:30 pm: Our venue, Peña Pachamama opens and begins serving a range of delicious organic appetizers and entrees, including: vegan, gluten-free, raw, and other colorful options for purchase
  • 7:30-9:30 pm: Freddy’s presentation and discussion

About Freddy

FreddyEhlersFreddy Ehlers, the current Ecuadorian Minister of Buen Vivir, is a journalist committed to social causes and the protection of Nature.

In 1995 he received the “Global 500” United Nations Award in recognition of his work in defense of the environment. This prize has been awarded since 1987 to people and institutions that have distinguished themselves in work on behalf of Nature.

In 1996 and 1998 he ran for President of Ecuador representing the Nuevo Pais Party—reaching a remarkable national support. In 2004 he was elected Andean parliamentarian in representation of Ecuador becoming Vice President of this organization. Between 2007 and 2010 he held the position of Andean Community Secretary General, an organization comprised of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. From 2010 to 2013 he was the Minister of Tourism.

President Rafael Correa created the Ministry of Buen Vivir in June 2013 for promoting the Sumak Kawsay, the Kichwa term that encompasses the development of every human being’s conscience while harmoniously living with other humans and Nature.

The Ministry promotes the transformation of the human beings´ consciousness through the practice of values and virtues in order to reach a full and happy life. To that end, the government proposes public policies and carries out actions aimed at the practice of Buen Vivir for the government and the general public.

Likewise, the Ministry works in the international field promoting this new proposal which challenges the development model that has led to compulsive consumption and degradation of the ecosystems.

He represents Ecuador in numerous international events, always promoting a change in human behavior in order to accomplish a sustainable life.