slide On 3-6 October 2013, the International Environment Forum and ebbf, its partner Baha'i-inspired organization for values in business, held their joint annual conference in a lovely hotel in Castelldefels, near Barcelona, Spain. There were about 140 participants from 22 countries across the world - from Europe, Asia, the Indian sub-continent, Africa, North America, Australia and the Middle East. The theme of the conference was "Co-creating Sustainable Wealth: how can we combine ecology and economy?". The conference explored positive solutions for transforming the economy and building a more sustainable society by empowering individuals, communities and corporations and other institutions. For reports of the conference, see and

The conference site
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The hotel had a modern conference centre and a fine restaurant
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The view was lovely and some people jogged down to the beach, but there was no time for the pool

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We were welcomed and met many old friends. Dale Allen from Swaziland (right, on left) and Arthur Dahl have been friends since childhood

Opening keynote Thursday evening
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Arthur Dahl, IEF President, gave the opening keynote "What is sustainable wealth" (download pdf

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Closing quotation

Friday morning keynote
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IEF board member Victoria Thoresen gave the first Friday morning keynote on principles behind sustainable consumption and production.
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Victoria Thoresen . Victoria Thoresen . Victoria Thoresen

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ebbf Secretary-General Wendi Momen
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Wendi Momen, newly elected member of the IEF Governing Board, and Secretary-General of ebbf

Arash Aazami . Arash Aazami . Jason Maude
Arash Aazami described his sustainable energy business model; IEF member Jason Maude was master of ceremonies

Dorothy Marcic . Dorothy Marcic . Elizabeth Walker Sobhani
Dorothy Marcic ran two workshops to prepare a musical Saturday evening; Elizabeth Walker Sobhani spoke on creating shared value

Elections of the ebbf Governing Board and IEF Governing Board
ebbf Governing BoardVictoria Thoresen; Arthur Dahl . Wendi Momen
LEFT: ebbf board: Mika Korhonen, Arthur Dahl, Françoise Le Goff, Wendi Momen, Stephanie Akkaoui hughes (missing Mahmud Samandari and Paul hughes)
RIGHT: IEF board members Victoria Thoresen and Arthur Dahl, and newly-elected member Wendi Momen (missing Peter Adriance, Emily Firth, Duncan Hanks, Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen)

The participants
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Workshops and discussions
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  Arthur Dahl led a workshop on the principles underlying sustainable wealth. Download the presentation:

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A film crew interviewed participants and recorded some of the presentations

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There were many opportunities for informal discussions. Center/right: including IEF members Arthur Dahl and Les Gornall

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Coffee breaks on the terrace and meals were also intense networking sessions
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Schaubacher, ZahraiMika Korhonen, Dale Allen . Andreas Vatsellas
Daniel and Myriam Schaubacher (Belgium) and Ezzat Zahrai (France); Mika Korhonen (Finland) and IEF member Dale Allen (Swaziland); ? and IEF member Andreas Vatsellas (Greece/Italy)

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