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2019 Ecological Civilization in Korea Conference: Ecological Transition, from Philosophy to Policy

September 30, 2019 - October 3, 2019

This is an interfaith conference on ecological civilization led in part by our partners at the Institute for the Postmodern Development of China.



Monday, September 30, Seoul Museum of History, Yajugae Hall, 9 am – 5 pm


Opening Remarks, 9–9:30 am

Yunjeong Han, Director of Ecological Civilization in Korea Project


Special Session 1: “Whitehead and Ecological Civilization”, 9:30–10:30 am

John B. Cobb, Jr., Emeritus professor of Claremont School of Theology

Response by Wangsik Jang, Professor of Methodist Theological University


Session 1: Discourses on Ecological Civilization, 10:30 am—12:30 pm

Chair: Simon Cheolho Kim, Professor of philosophy at South Baylo University, USA

From Industrial Civilization to Ecological Civilization:
Friar Jaedon Lee, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seoul

Ecological Civilization and Beauty:
Jay McDaniel, 
Professor of philosophy at Hendricks College, USA

Postmodern Implication of ‘School of Re-Creation’ on Ecological Thought: Sungwhan Cho, Researcher of Wonkwang University

Green Nation Theory, Still a Relevant Question:
Kyuho Jeong, Director of the Policy Planning Division of Hansallim Cooperatives



Special Session 2: Holistic Ecological Education and Future of Civilization, 2—3 pm

Hee-yeon Cho, Superintendent of Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education

Helena Norberg-Hodge, Founder and Director of Local Futures


Session 2: The Mission of Ecological Education, 3—5 pm

Chair: Gunna Jung, Professor of Economics at Hanshin University

Comprehensive Ecological Education and Development of Ecological Citizens:
Mingeol Jeong, Professor at Gongju National University of Education

Innovative Education District and Ecological Education:
Durim Kim, Principal at Nowon Elementary School

Sustainable Education Model at Seoul-type Innovative Schools:
Kyungwha Kim, Teacher at Changduk Girls’ Middle School

Interrogative Lessons that Prepare for Civilizational Change:
Michael Siegler
, Teacher at Bukseoul Middle School


Tuesday, October 1, Seoul Museum of History, Yajugae Hall, 9 am – 6pm


Special Session 3: Ecological Civilization in USA and China, 9:30—10:30 am

What is Ecological Civilization?

Philip Clayton, President of Institute for Ecological Civilization

Andrew Schwartz, Vice President of Institute for Ecological Civilization
Philosophy and Policy of Chinese Ecological Civilization

Zhihe Wang·Meijun Fan Chief Executive Director and Program Director of Institute for Postmodern Development of China

Yi Huang, Professor of Economics at Anhui University, China


Session 3: Ecological Transition and Role of Civil Society, 10:30 am—12:30 pm

Chair: Taeseon Kwon, President of Environmental Movement Coalition

Civilian Participation in Energy Transition:

Jiseok Kim, Greenpeace Korea Energy-Climate Specialist

Trans-Local Governance for Ecological Transition:

Taedong Lee, Professor of Energy Politics at Yonsei University

Korean NGOs Role for Implementing SDGs:

Yeongil Jung, Chairperson of Gwangju Association for Sustainable Development

Ecological Civilization, Ecovillage, Household Economy:

Attila Grandpierre, Director of Institute for Ecological Civilization in Hungary



Session 4: Local Initiatives for Transition to Ecological Economy, 2—3:50 pm

Chair: Moonkyung Heo Research Professor of Tourism at Jeonju University

Lecture: “Happiness and Well-being Index as an Alternative to GDP in Canada”
Mark Anielski, Adjunct Professor of Economics at University of Alberta, Canada

Response by Gunna Jung, Economics Professor at Hanshin University

Basic Income Experiment for the Young Generation:
Namhoon Kang, Co-chairperson of the Committee on Basic Income in Gyeonggi Province

Local Governments’ Social Responsibility Index:
Chiyong Ahn, Director of Korea CSR Institute


Session 5: Animal Rights and Vegan Culture, 4:10—6 pm

Chair: Heejong Woo, Professor of Veterinary Studies at Seoul National University

Philosophy of Animal Rights:

Hoon Choi, Professor of Philosophy at Gangwon University

Animal Rights Reform Movement in Constitutional Law and Civil Law: Gukhwa Suh, lawyer

Living in Korea as a Vegan: Yoon Hwang, filmmaker

Animal Welfare and the Sustainability of Livestock Business:
Doheon Lee, CEO of Seongwoo, Agricultural Corp.


Culture City Dobong Connection Symposium: Locally-rooted Urban Culture

Date: 2019. 10. 2. (M) 10AM – 12:30PM

Location: Mujungnyeok(Weightlessness) Zone Dobong


Wednesday, October 2, Mujungnyeok Zone Dobong


Culture City Dobong Connection Symposium:

Locally-rooted Urban Culture, 10 am—12:30 pm

Chair: Eunkyung Kim, Sejong Leadership Development Center

Relations, Harmony, Integration:
Jay McDaniel, Professor of philosophy at Hendricks College, USA

LA County’s Ecological City Culture:
Andrew Schwarz, Vice-President of Institute for Ecological Civilization

History and Culture in City Regeneration:
Keeman Lee, Representative from Making History

Strategy and Mission for Urban Culture of Dobong:
Junghan Choi, Culture Planner


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