Local Futures/International Society for Ecology’s mission is to protect and renew ecological and social well being by promoting a systemic shift away from economic globalization towards localization. Through its “education for action” programs, Local Futures/ISEC develops innovative models and tools to catalyze collaboration for strategic change at the community and international level.
Local Futures began as The Ladakh Project more than thirty years ago in the Himalayan region of Ladakh. The organization initially focused on supporting Ladakh’s indigenous culture by bringing information to balance the idealized images of the consumer culture flooding into the region through tourism and development. In 1986, founder and director Helena Norberg-Hodge won the Right Livelihood Award for groundbreaking sustainability work in the region.
In 1988 Helena’s book, Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh, is published in Sweden and Denmark. The book is first published in English in 1991. An award-winning film of the same title is produced by Local Futures’ Programmes Director, John Page, in 1993.
In 2011 we launch the award winning The Economics of Happiness film on four continents, with major film premières in Oregon, California, New York, Toronto, London, Delhi, Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney.
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Who We Are
We are a 501(c)3 organization incorporated in California. We adhere to Bylaws adopted in 1991, including oversight by a Board of Directors. Our funding comes largely from individual donors and foundations, as well as from the sale of publications and videos, and lecture and writing fees.