Local Futures believes that modern societies have taken a fundamentally wrong turn: policymakers, mainstream economists, and business leaders have consistently pushed us in the direction of ever more growth, while ignoring the ecological destruction and spiritual poverty that have been the price of rampant consumerism, massive scale, and escalating speed.
We believe that a radically different paradigm is needed. Rather than attempting to solve every problem by ‘growing the economy’, we need to focus instead on meeting real human and ecological needs through awakening to our deep ties to community and nature – through an ‘economics of happiness’.
This program has two major components:
The Economics of Happiness Film
An award-winning documentary film, The Economics of Happiness spells out the social, spiritual, and ecological costs of today’s global economy. Importantly, the film also highlights the many benefits of a shift towards the local and showcases some of the steps people are already taking worldwide. Learn more.
International Economics of Happiness Conferences
Since 2012, Local Futures has been organizing an ongoing series of international Economics of Happiness conferences in countries around the world, including the USA, South Korea, Italy, India and Australia. In each of these conferences, internationally-recognized leaders from the localization movement come together with local thinkers and activists for several days of plenary talks, panel discussions, and workshops on the global-to-local theme.
Check our Upcoming Events page to see what conferences are happening in the near future.
To watch videos of the talks, see the lists of speakers, programs and photos, visit: