The Link Between Ecology and Economy

Vandana Shiva joined Moderator Konda Mason in conversation about the link between economy and ecology and how to rebuild culture and community. Together, we learned what it means to have a living culture, living economy, and living democracy and how we can transform a society into one that uses indigenous knowledge, preserves culture, and nourishes our souls.

You will also receive specific and tangible tools you can utilize in your own community. To foster a deeper conversation, participants were asked to watch Vandana’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2013 speech titled Growth=Poverty, and read her new book Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace.


About Vandana Shiva

Dr. Vandana Shiva trained as a Physicist at the University of Punjab, and completed her Ph.D. on the ‘Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory’ from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India.

In 1982, she founded an independent institute – the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in Dehra Dun – dedicated to high quality and independent research to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times, working in close partnership with local communities and social movements. In 1991 she founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources – especially native seed– and to promote organic farming and fair trade. For the last two decades, Navdanya has worked with local communities and organizations, serving more than 500,000 men and women farmers. Navdanya’s efforts have resulted in the conservation of more than 3000 rice varieties from across India, and the organization has established 60 seed banks in 16 states across the country.

Dr. Shiva combines sharp, intellectual enquiry with courageous activism, and her work spans teaching at universities worldwide to working with peasants in rural India. Time Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as an environmental ‘hero’ in 2003, and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators in Asia. In November 2010, Forbes Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as one of the Seven Most Powerful Women on the Globe.