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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How has your community changed for good in the face of this global pandemic? We want to hear a few good news stories.

Well start: We cant get over how many people have been contacting us with stories about the local farmers and businesses coming together to make sure their communities are supplied with local nutritious food during isolation. Your turn!

You can find more details about localizing in the face of COVID19 on our website - https://www.localfutures.org/covid-19/.

This quote is from a great article in YES! Magazine by David Korten - https://www.yesmagazine.org/opinion/2020/03/18/coronavirus-wake-up-call/.

How has your community changed for good in the face of this global pandemic? We want to hear a few good news stories.

We'll start: We can't get over how many people have been contacting us with stories about the local farmers and businesses coming together to make sure their communities are supplied with local nutritious food during isolation. Your turn!

You can find more details about localizing in the face of COVID19 on our website - www.localfutures.org/covid-19/.

This quote is from a great article in YES! Magazine by David Korten - www.yesmagazine.org/opinion/2020/03/18/coronavirus-wake-up-call/.
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Join Helena Norberg-Hodge on next weeks live webinar.

Well explore how we can build a brighter future for both people and planet. 

Bring your ideas, your questions, your worries and your passion and let’s sow the seeds of a better world together.

Sign up and find more information here: https://www.localfutures.org/events-calendar/upcoming-events/april-9th-2020-helena-norberg-hodge-public-webinar/

Join Helena Norberg-Hodge on next week's live webinar.

We'll explore how we can build a brighter future for both people and planet.

Bring your ideas, your questions, your worries and your passion and let’s sow the seeds of a better world together.

Sign up and find more information here: www.localfutures.org/events-calendar/upcoming-events/april-9th-2020-helena-norberg-hodge-public-w...
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Ya tenemos el 80% del proyecto conseguido! Muchas gracias! Con buena difusión esperamos llegar al total en los próximos días. 

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Ya tenemos el 80% del proyecto conseguido! Muchas gracias! Con buena difusión esperamos llegar al total en los próximos días.

Contribuir a la campaña: vkm.is/futurolocalYa tenemos el 80% del proyecto conseguido!!! Muchas gracias! Con buena difusión esperamos llegar al total en los próximos días. Para seguir alimentando un debate #centrla estos días os compartimos un artículo de Pedro Blasco Campos Futuros Locales publicado en el Verkami que tenemos en marcha Políticas económicas para confrontar la crisis. Hayek, Keynes a Naomi Klein... Local Futures / Economics of Happiness
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Si te perdiste nuestro webinar del lunes, "Recuperando las economías locales y la soberanía alimentaria", aquí os compartimos el vídeo completo!

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Our award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness is currently completely free to watch at Films For Action.

Wed love to know if it helps you reimagine how our economies and communities could be structured to better support everyone.

Watch here - https://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/the-economics-of-happiness/

Our award-winning documentary 'The Economics of Happiness' is currently completely free to watch at Films For Action.

We'd love to know if it helps you reimagine how our economies and communities could be structured to better support everyone.

Watch here - www.filmsforaction.org/watch/the-economics-of-happiness/
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How has your community changed for good in the face of this global pandemic? We want to hear a few good news stories.

We'll start: We can't get over how many people have been contacting us with stories about the local farmers and businesses coming together to make sure their communities are supplied with local nutritious food during isolation. Your turn!

You can find more details about localizing in the face of COVID19 on our website - https://www.localfutures.org/covid-19/.

This quote is from a great article in YES! Magazine by David Korten - https://www.yesmagazine.org/opinion/2020/03/18/coronavirus-wake-up-call/.
Join Helena Norberg-Hodge on next week's live webinar.

We'll explore how we can build a brighter future for both people and planet. 

Bring your ideas, your questions, your worries and your passion and let’s sow the seeds of a better world together.

Sign up and find more information here: https://www.localfutures.org/events-calendar/upcoming-events/april-9th-2020-helena-norberg-hodge-public-webinar/
Our award-winning documentary 'The Economics of Happiness' is currently completely free to watch at Films For Action.

We'd love to know if it helps you reimagine how our economies and communities could be structured to better support everyone.

Watch here - https://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/the-economics-of-happiness/
"As you wander through the fields, or follow the narrow paths that wind between the houses, smiling faces greet you. It seems impossible that people could prosper in such desolation, and yet all the signs are that they do. Everything has been done with care: fields have been carved out of the mountainside and layered in immaculate terraces, one above the other; the crops are thick and strong and form such patterns that an artist might have sown their seeds. Around each house, vegetables and fruit trees are protected from the goats by a stone wall on which cakes of dung, to be used as fuel for the kitchen stove, lie baking in the sun. On the flat roof, animal fodder—alfalfa and hay, together with leaves of the wild iris—has been stacked in neat bundles for winter. Apricots left to dry on yak-hair blankets and potted marigolds give a blaze of brilliant orange."

This excerpt has been taken from Helena Norberg-Hodge's book Ancient Futures. 

Available here - https://www.localfutures.org/publications/ancient-futures-book-helena-norberg-hodge/.
Join Helena Norberg-Hodge – author, filmmaker, leading environmentalist, Alternative Nobel Prize laureate, and pioneer of the local economy movement – to explore how you can be part of the transition towards a gentler, more inclusive future that places human and ecological well-being front and centre.

Sign up here: https://www.localfutures.org/events-calendar/upcoming-events/april-9th-2020-helena-norberg-hodge-public-webinar/.
What podcasts are you listening to at the moment? 

Our Local Bites Podcast includes many inspiring interviews, focusing on topics from food sovereignty and farmers markets to how ‘free trade’ deals threaten local communities. 

We interview Judith Hitchman in our 'Food Sovereignty in the Global Economy' podcast. 

You can explore the episodes here: https://www.localfutures.org/programs/global-to-local/local-bites-podcast/.
If you're interested in using this self-isolated time to learn about the deep systemic flaws that got us here and how we can work together to shift our societies onto a regenerative path, our Global to Local Webinar Series is the perfect resource.

Speakers include Helena Norberg-Hodge, Bill McKibben, Richard Heinberg, Charles Eisenstein and many others.

Our webinar 'A New Activism' with Bayo Akomolafe & Helena can be watched here: https://www.localfutures.org/programs/global-to-local/webinars/a-new-activism-webinar/

View the full series: https://www.localfutures.org/programs/global-to-local/webinars/
It has never been more important to find enriching communities that support and inspire you. 

In 2014 we set up the International Alliance for Localization. The IAL is a cross-cultural network of thinkers, activists and NGOs dedicated to exploring radically new visions of development and progress. Our online community is growing via the IAL listserv and private Facebook group - it's an amazing online space to share examples and ideas for a brighter future.

You can sign up here: https://www.localfutures.org/programs/global-to-local/international-alliance-localization/join-ial/.
For anyone who missed our previous post, there is still time to register!
Stuck inside due to coronavirus? Feeling overwhelmed by the state of the world? 

Join Local Futures and the New Economy Network Australia (NENA) this Sunday, March 22nd, for an interactive online webinar exploring far-reaching visions for systemic change.

More information and sign-up here: https://www.localfutures.org/events-calendar/upcoming-events/going-local-webinar-march-22-2020/.
Following on from Helena Norberg-Hodge's #LessonsFromLadakh video earlier in the week, we want to share a blog post with you that highlights how Helena's experience in Ladakh led to her lifelong mission of lifting up our innate human desire for rootedness, for place-based living.

Her blog post 'Resist Globally, Renew Locally' explores what localization means and how it can move us forward to a brighter future for both people and planet. 

You can read the full post here - https://www.localfutures.org/resist-globally-renew-locally/.
If #SystemChange is something you want to learn more about during your extended time at home, there's no better place to start than by looking at the way we grow and distribute food.

We've put together a series of short films about small-scale farmers around the world, that demonstrate just how fruitful #systemchange within the food economy can be. 

Please feel free to share your favourite short films in the comments. 

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