The solution to our current crises requires two different but related kinds of action: those that resist corporate globalization and the ‘march of the monoculture’, and those that help renew local communities, economies and cultures. Here are some ways to get involved in both kinds of action:
- Organize a public screening of our new documentary, The Economics of Happiness, and get active around the issues raised in the film.
- Organize a public screening of one of our other award-winning documentaries in your community. These include Paradise with Side Effects and Ancient Futures. Contact us to learn how.
- Watch and share other powerful documentaries. View Local Futures’ growing Films for Change list, which includes over 50 inspiring documentaries that cover a broad range of social and environmental issues related to our work. We also have a recommended reading list.
- Host a Global to Local presentation in your community. Request an Local Futures’ representative to come speak and/or show one of our groundbreaking films. Contact us to make arrangements.
– Economic Globalization versus Localization
– Renewing Local Prosperity, Globally: a Solution Multiplier
– How Small is Beautiful, Big is Subsidized
– The Global Food System
– Local Food and Sustainable Agriculture
– ‘Development’ and its Alternatives
– Questioning and Redefining Progress
– Protecting Cultural and Biological Diversity
– Questioning Economic Growth
- Invite Helena Norberg-Hodge to speak in your community.
Helena is an internationally recognized pioneer in the worldwide localization movement and a leading analyst of the impact of the global economy on culture and agriculture. She was among the first westerners to visit Ladakh when the region was opened to tourism and “development” in 1975. She was able to quickly master the Ladakhi language, giving her a unique insider perspective as western goods, policies and attitudes impacted the indigenous culture. She founded the Ladakh Project and since that time, she has spent part of every year in Ladakh, working with the Ladakhi people to protect their culture and environment from the effects of rapid modernization. For this work, Helena was awarded the 1986 Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize. She is the author of Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh and co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home. Her articles have appeared in numerous volumes and periodicals such as The Ecologist, Resurgence, and YES! magazine.
Helena is also on the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture. She is a member of the editorial board of The Ecologist magazine, a co-founder of both the International Forum on Globalisation, and the Global Eco-village Network.
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- Start a Roots of Change Study Circle.
Roots of Change is our cutting-edge curriculum and study circle program. The curriculum, comprising voices of leading political, economic and ecological thinkers from around the world, lays out both how we’ve arrived at our present predicament and what we can do about it. The program seeks: to encourage a broad analysis of the origins and workings of the global economy; to promote discussion about the impact of corporate globalization on our own communities as well as communities around the world; and to help generate effective strategies for local action and global partnerships. The second half of the curriculum surveys a range of living examples that represent a powerful emerging movement towards localization. Readers are introduced to a diverse set of proven tools for the renewal of communities and local economies.
- Hands-on lessons in globalization on the Tibetan Plateau.
Participate in our Learning from Ladakh program (formerly ‘The Farm Project’). Across the world, non-Western ways of living are under threat from the consumer monoculture. In both North and South, centuries-old skills and knowledge systems are disappearing and viable rural communities are collapsing. But you can make a difference. By working on a farm in Ladakh for one month (July or August) you will have the rare opportunity to understand the pressures facing a traditional land-based culture as it confronts the global economy. Your presence can also help raise the status of rural life, thereby strengthening Ladakhis’ sense of cultural self-esteem. The program includes Local Futures workshops on economic globalization/localization and rethinking development, designed to help you develop skills for effective activism when you return home.
- Link Up.
Across the world millions of people are actively resisting the process of corporate globalization while simultaneously building viable alternatives. Join the movement! View our expanding list of ‘organizations and initiatives for change’.
- Support Us! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support our work.