The 2005 Sustainability Conference will feature plenary session addresses by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

Garden Conversation Sessions

Main speakers will make formal 30 minute presentations in the plenary sessions. They will also participate in 60 minute Garden Conversation sessions at the same time as the parallel sessions. The setting is a circle of chairs outdoors. These sessions are entirely unstructured - a chance to meet the plenary speaker and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

The Speakers

  • Manfred Steger, Professor of Politics and Government at Illinois State University, and Academic Director of the Globalism Institute at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia (designate, beginning in July 2005).

    Manfred Steger is Professor of Politics and Government at Illinois State University, In addition, he is an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa, and the Academic Director of the Globalism Institute at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. His academic fields of expertise include ideologies of globalization, theories of nonviolence, comparative political and social theory, and international politics. He has been consulted by the U.S. State Department on globalization, and he has served as a consultant to a PBS TV program on socialism. His most recent publications include Rethinking Globalism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004); Judging Nonviolence: The Dispute Between Realists and Idealists (Routledge, 2003); Globalization (Oxford University Press, 2003); Globalism: The New Market Ideology (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002); Gandhi’s Dilemma: Nonviolent Principles and Nationalist Power (St. Martin’s Press, 2000); Violence and Its Alternatives: An Interdisciplinary Reader (St. Martin’s Press, 1999); and The Quest For Evolutionary Socialism: Eduard Bernstein and Social Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 1996). He is currently working on a book titled, Peace and War in an Age of Global Terror: Why Pacifism Is More Important Now Than Ever (under contract with the University of Kentucky Press).

  • Helena Norberg-Hodge, Founder and Director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC).

    Helena Norberg-Hodge, a linguist fluent in seven languages, is a leading analyst of the impact of the global economy on cultures around the world. She is founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) renowned for its groundbreaking work promoting sustainable alternatives to conventional development on 4 continents. She is the author of numerous works, including the inspirational classic, Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh, which together with the video based on the book has been translated into 42 languages. She is on the editorial board of the Ecologist magazine, a co-founder of the International Forum on Globalisation and the Global Eco-village Network, and is a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, or “Alternative Nobel Prize”.

  • Lyuba Zarsky, Globalism Institute, RMIT, Australia, and Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University, United States.

    Lyuba Zarsky is an internationally recognized scholar and advocate for global sustainable development. Trained academically as an economist, she co-founded and co-directed the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability in San Francisco, California and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University in Boston. She is also Senior Associate at the Globalism Institute at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, where she currently resides. She has published widely in the areas of international investment, human rights and the environment, and corporate social responsibility. Her most recent books are "Human Rights and the Environment, Conflicts and Norms in a Globalizing World" (Earthscan 2002), "Beyond Good Deeds", "Case Studies and a New Policy Agenda for Corporate Accountability" (Natural Heritage Institute, 2002), and "International Investment for Sustainable Development: Balancing Rights and Rewards" (Earthscan, 2004). With Kevin Gallagher, she is currently writing a book on the impact of foreign direct investment in the high tech sector on sustainable industrial development in Mexico.
    (Image courtesy of Nautilus Institute website)

  • Jon Hawkes, Author, The Fourth Pillar of Sustainability

    Jon Hawkes is an independent advisor specialising in cultural issues. He is author of The Fourth Pillar of Sustainability: cultures essential role in public planning (Cultural Development Network & Common Ground, 2001) and has been Director of Community Music Victoria since early 2001. He was the Director of the Australian Centre of the International Theatre Institute for eight years (1991-1998), Director of the Community Arts Board of the Australia Council (1982-1987) and founding member of Circus Oz and the Australian Performing Group.

  • Walter Jamieson, Unversity of Hawaii School of Travel Industry Management, Hawaii.

    Walter Jamieson has been involved in a significant number of academic as well as consultancy activities over the last 30 years. His consultancy activities include working with the World Tourism Organization, ESCAP and UNESCO. In addition, he has worked on a number of projects at the local, national and international level. He has been director of research and outreach centers at the University of Calgary and team leader on a number of projects in Asia. As a team leader and a team member he has participated in over 70 international research and consultancy projects. He has also been active in training and facilitation on a worldwide basis. This activity has involved him in the development and delivery of a number of courses for professional audiences at many international locations. He has published and presented widely and is solely or jointly responsible for over 135 publications, papers, presentations and outreach lectures. In 2003 he was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal.

  • Lilette A. Subedi, Executive Director, Kaÿala Farm, Inc.

    Lilette Subedi assumed the position of Executive Director in January 2000. A Native Hawaiian, she came to Kaÿala Farm from ALU LIKE, Inc. where she served first as Post-secondary Vocational Educational Specialist and, from 1998, as Comprehensive Project Manager. She has extensive experience as an educator in a variety of settings and areas of expertise – from fine arts and industrial arts to equity in cultural diversity. She brought to Kaÿala Farm her knowledge of federal government granting, especially the U.S. Department of Education and has served as a reader for Native Hawaiian Education Grants and Office of Indian Vocational Education, Native American and Alaskan Native Post-secondary Vocational Education Projects. She is the author of He Wahi Puke Käkoÿo, A Little Book of Helpful Hints: Tips for the Vo-Tech Teacher in Hawaiÿi, 1996.

    Under Lilette Subedi’s leadership, Kaÿala Farm has strengthened its organizational infrastructure, especially in the areas of financial management and strategic planning. She has put in place important controls and new systems which have resulted in the first agency-wide annual financial audits in Kaÿala’s history, all of them presenting fairly and receiving the highest rating of “unqualified opinion.” She instituted Kaÿala’s first annual report for the year 2000, and for subsequent years, providing the organization and its supporters with needed information on a regular basis. Working with Kaÿala’s staff and Board of Directors, she guided the process which resulted in the adoption of a Strategic Plan for 2002 and 2003.

    Kaÿala’s Cultural Learning Center site is leased from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and its office site is on State Department of Land and Natural Resources land. Lilette Subedi has renegotiated the lease and the sub-lease of these properties, strengthening Kaÿala’s tenure. She has also guided Kaÿala Farm through a capital campaign to purchase the property that gives access to Kaÿala’s Cultural Learning Center. The campaign was successful and secured for Kaÿala, for the first time, its own land base.

    An advocate for children, Ms. Subedi has served since 2000 as co-chair of Ho‘owaiwai Nä Kamali‘i – Wai‘anae Advisory Council. The organization provides leadership to early childhood education service providers, practitioners, institutions and individuals, and is developing a community master plan to ensure that Native Hawaiian children ages 0-5 and their families have an opportunity to be safe, healthy and ready to succeed upon entry to Kindergarten and beyond. She is a member, since 2000, of the Native Hawaiian Education State Council. She also serves as vice president of Mohala I Ka Wai, a community grassroots group focusing on the health and sustainability of the watershed in the Wai‘anae moku, O‘ahu.

    Lilette Subedi is a practicing artist and crafter. She holds a Master of Art, History of Art & Indology, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, and a Bachelor of Arts in Western Art History, all from the University of Hawaiÿi at Mänoa.

    One of Lilette Subedi’s most important responsibilities is outreach to the community. Through her relationship with the Kekua Foundation, Kaÿala received the gift of a koa log which was carved into Keaolani O Waiÿanae, a fishing canoe, launching Kaÿala’s ocean program. Because of her leadership, Kaÿala received from Leeward Community College the 2002 Community Partner of the Year Award, for increasing the involvement of Native Hawaiian students in post-secondary education. She brings to her leadership of Kaÿala Farm Native Hawaiian values and practices that she continues to share with the board, the staff and the larger community.

  • Ramsay Taum, Director of Oahu Operations at The Hawaii Nature Center.

    Ramsay Taum is actively involved in the promotion of environmental education and sustainability based on the Native Hawaiian Ahupua’a management system. He works with the University Of Hawaii School Of Travel Industry Management as part-time lecturer and ECO-TIM community outreach coordinator. He serves on numerous boards, community groups, task forces, planning committees and advisory councils including The Hawaii Tourism Authority Hawaiian Cultural Program Advisory Council, Lyon Arboretum Task Force, State Consortium of Integrative Heath Services, Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs Oahu Council, UH TIM School Hawaiian Advisory Council, is a member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha and Vice President of Hawaii Maoli.

    As the Associate Director of the private, not-for-profit Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association, Ramsay also provides consultancy services aimed at integrating Native Hawaiian host cultural values and principles into contemporary business models through lectures, training classes and seminars. He is a practitioner and instructor of several Native Hawaiian practices including ho’oponopono (stress management and conflict resolution), lomi haha (body alignment) and lua (Hawaiian combat/battle art).