Economics of Happiness

Helena Norberg-Hodge

Helena is a local film maker and activist best known for her remarkable documentary ‘The Economics of Happiness’.

The Economics of Happiness is a 2011 documentary film directed by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick, and John Page, and produced by Local Futures (formerly the International Society for Ecology and Culture).SynopsisThe film features many voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change.

The documentary describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. While government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power, people around the world are resisting those policies and working to forge a very different future.

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Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm: an economics of localization.Recognition

The Economics of Happiness has won “Best in Show” at the Cinema Verde Film and Arts Festival, “Best Direction” from EKOFilm 2011, “Judges’ Choice” and “Audience Choice” at the Auroville International Film Festival, an “Award of Merit” from the Accolade Film Festival, and several other awards.

In 2012, the film was listed among the top ten films as chosen by Transition town initiatives.In 2015, it was awarded 1st place out of 100 “documentaries we can use to change the world” by Films for Action, an activism-oriented film screening and compilation site.

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As part of our Planet Local project, we have put together a selection of free-to-view short films featuring grassroots food and farming projects around the world — with a particular focus on projects started by young people.

We encourage you to use these films to engage your local community around food and farming! Organize film screenings and discussion parties. Have your friends bring their favorite local food dishes. 

https://www.localfutures.org/programs/global-to-local/planet-local/short-film-series-food-farming/.

As part of our Planet Local project, we have put together a selection of free-to-view short films featuring grassroots food and farming projects around the world — with a particular focus on projects started by young people.

We encourage you to use these films to engage your local community around food and farming! Organize film screenings and discussion parties. Have your friends bring their favorite local food dishes.

www.localfutures.org/programs/global-to-local/planet-local/short-film-series-food-farming/.
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2 months ago

Do you know where to find the healthiest dining hall in the United States?

Philip Ackerman-Leist does!

In his contribution to our World Localization Day program, he touches on regenerative farming, homesteading, and dining at Sterling College, among many other wonderful topics.

You can watch the full program here: worldlocalizationday.org.
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2 months ago

Happening tomorrow! 

A free online Economics of Happiness Conference. Organized by Jeonju City Council. 

09:00-18:30 (South Korean time).

The conference program will include a mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions and workshops organized around the three threads of local regeneration, food and finance with an overall theme of localization for the safe society.

Happening tomorrow!

A free online Economics of Happiness Conference. Organized by Jeonju City Council.

09:00-18:30 (South Korean time).

The conference program will include a mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions and workshops organized around the three threads of local regeneration, food and finance with an overall theme of localization for the safe society.
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Our website is a treasure trove of educational resources, from independent media sources and activism tools to blogs, short films and case studies.

Please visit localfutures.org to explore our work.

Our website is a treasure trove of educational resources, from independent media sources and activism tools to blogs, short films and case studies.

Please visit localfutures.org to explore our work.
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"There's a very satisfying feeling to volunteering at the Repair Café. You get to help somebody, you get to make something better. Yeah - it's fun, but it's more than fun. It's deeply satisfying."

Is there a repair cafe in your area?
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As part of our Planet Local project, we have put together a selection of free-to-view short films featuring grassroots food and farming projects around the world — with a particular focus on projects started by young people.

We encourage you to use these films to engage your local community around food and farming! Organize film screenings and discussion parties. Have your friends bring their favorite local food dishes. 

https://www.localfutures.org/programs/global-to-local/planet-local/short-film-series-food-farming/.
Happening tomorrow! 

A free online Economics of Happiness Conference. Organized by Jeonju City Council. 

09:00-18:30 (South Korean time).

The conference program will include a mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions and workshops organized around the three threads of local regeneration, food and finance with an overall theme of localization for the safe society.
Our website is a treasure trove of educational resources, from independent media sources and activism tools to blogs, short films and case studies.

Please visit localfutures.org to explore our work.
We’re happy to announce that we now have a shortened version of the World Localization Day program!

Featuring Noam Chomsky, Jane Goodall, V (Eve Ensler), Vandana Shiva, Charles Eisenstein, Russell Brand, Brian Eno and many more, the program showcases living hope for a healthy future, and outlines the systemic global-to-local shifts needed to get there. 

Both versions and webinar recordings are available to view here - http://worldlocalizationday.org/.
Can we live in the hope that the tide is turning? 

'Mexico Announces Phase-Out and Ban on Glyphosate Herbicides.' 

'Given the scientific evidence of glyphosate toxicity, demonstrating the impacts on human health and the environment, the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) has taken important steps to gradually reduce the use of this chemical until it achieves a total ban in 2024.'
https://sustainablepulse.com/2020/06/27/mexico-announces-phase-out-and-ban-on-glyphosate-herbicides/?fbclid=IwAR2cWfRmyMer-4ZwJoubOmbE-Hs1lInXBDihpyyGMJ-MlBR7kHe4w95h9Fs#.XvkINraB2T8
A HUGE thank you to everyone who joined us for World Localization Day yesterday!

After such a huge response and amazing feedback, we've decided to extend the availability of the 4-hour pre-recorded content until June 28th.

If you're already a ticket holder, you can view the content again by following the link in your access email. If you're not a ticket holder, simply register on the official website and we'll email you a link - worldlocalizationday.org.

Let's get localizing!
World Localization Day is just around the corner!

Ian McGilchrist will be one of the many inspiring speakers joining us for the world-changing online programme. 

The global economic system has exposed its flaws and now it's time for systemic change that respects people and planet.

There's still time to register - http://worldlocalizationday.org/.
This Sunday, Russell Brand will be joining us for #WorldLocalizationDay. 

WLD2020 is an online event dedicated to exploring how we can strengthen our local economies and local communities in ways that respect our human needs and the ecological limits of #motherearth. 

Register for a free ticket and find out more info at worldlocalizationday.org.
Webinar June 16: COVID-19: Peoples Strike, Floyd Rebellion and Resistance

Global Tapestry of Alternatives is hosting a webinar with Kali Akuno (US), who will be sharing about the experience of Cooperation Jackson in Mississippi - a network of cooperatives and worker-owned, democratically self-managed enterprises..
How can we heal such a broken and unhealthy system? We localize! 

Join Alice Waters, Noam Chomsky, Russell Brand, Vandana Shiva, Satish Kumar, Dr. Jane Goodall and many others next Sunday for #WorldLocalizationDay and let's explore how we move forward.

Find all the details and register for free at worldlocalizationday.org.

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