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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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/.

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 - worldlocalizationday.org/.
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10 hours ago

"This is a time for localization. This is a time for the kinds of intimacies and spiritualities and agencies and activisms that might bring us closer to the world that has been denied us."

Bayo Akomolafe, a true inspiration.

These powerful words are part of our world-changing World Localization Day programme, which is now available to watch as a shorter 2-hour clip at worldlocalizationday.org.
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Who has really benefited from globalization in the last 30 years? This hard-hitting video from Bhoomi College explains it perfectly.

This video was part of our world-changing World Localization Day programme, which is available to watch at worldlocalizationday.org/.
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I cannot understand if people are seeing this as new info. The global economy was and is a big con. I remember when it started happening being touted as something amazing for everyone and its trickle down theories. And everyone got on board with it as greed took over any common sense. And look where it took us. A world of lack for the majority. While others swim in champagne. It is obscene.

Dont blame capitalism, blame corruption.

It is not the economic system, it is more like keeping the sociopathic under control. Localizing is a good way. We have mental health systems. We the Real People paid a lot for it. Why not put it to good use? I say DSM anybody over 100K inc. and if they are proven dangerous or even annoying levels of disease that they are glass ceilinged, 50 savings, 200k house, no board or commission seats, no positions within the top 100 in a company, not making over 100k, no consulting, nor lobbying positions, one home, 50k in investments. Strip them of their power. So that no matter what the economic system, they would have NO power.

Sell to the classes, eat with the masses. Sell to the masses, eat with the classes.

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A very important read!

"#Relocalizing is no longer an option but a condition for #sustainable social and economic systems, as well as of people. It is time to reduce the flow of capital and goods and to shrink the impact of economic sectors that are toxic to the biosphere."

www.radicalecologicaldemocracy.org/relocalization-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-building-sustainable....
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In the global economy, food production hasn't been shaped to end hunger, it's shaped to suit the needs of giant multinationals.

Growing our own food and supporting our local food producers is the best inroad to changing this unjust system.

Here's a video from Bristol Food Producers that highlights just how wonderful that #systemchange can be - www.youtube.com/watch?v=79zQyHZk9sY.
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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.
Australian Geographic Conservationist of 2019, Albert Wiggan, will be joining us next Sunday for World Localization Day.

Albert is an Indigenous ranger with the Nyul Nyul ranger group and manages the delicate relationship between Western science and Indigenous teachings to preserve the sparkling waters of Boddergron (Cygnet Bay) and the ecologically rich lands across the peninsula and beyond it.

We hope you can join us for what will be a wonderful celebration with diverse communities from all around the world.

Register for free and find out more info: http://worldlocalizationday.org/.
Can you feel this shift taking form? We sure can!

Join Vandana Shiva, Russell Brand, Yael Stone, Dr. Jane Goodall, Satish Kumar and many others on World Localization Day to explore how this resistance, renewal and rebuilding can take form and regenerate our souls, cities, villages, land and communities. 

Find out more and register for a ticket here: http://worldlocalizationday.org/.
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