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 spiritual 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, which 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.
To learn more, visit The Film
International Economics of Happiness Conferences
Since 2012 Local Futures has been organizing an ongoing series of international Economics of Happiness conferences in 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.
To watch videos of the talks, see the lists of speakers, programs and photos, visit:
We also organized Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis, a one-day event in New York in 2014.
Upcoming Economics of Happiness Conferences
In 2017 Local Futures will be organizing Economics of Happiness conferences and events. For more information and register, visit:
- Economics of Happiness Conference – Yellow Springs, Ohio, USA
October 20th – 21st, 2017
- Economics of Happiness Conference – Port Townsend, Washington, USA
October 27th – 29th, 2017
Other Local Futures events are:
- Localize It: What Resilience Looks Like – South Royalton, Vermont, USA
October 21st – 22nd, 2017
- Economics of Happiness World Forum – Tokyo, Japan
November 11th – 12th, 2017