“A powerful new film that cuts deeply to the heart of the global crisis. Magnificent!”
– David Suzuki, Television presenter and environmentalist
“This passionate film presents a clear and articulate vision of what a shift in the scale at which we do things would look like…Very timely and powerful.”
– Rob Hopkins, Co-founder of the Transition Network and Transition Town Totnes
“It is good news indeed to find so persuasive an explanation of our ailing world as The Economics of Happiness. This film connects the dots between climate chaos, economic meltdown, and our own personal suffering–stress, loneliness, and depression. It presents the localization movement as a systemic alternative to corporate globalization, as well as a strategy that brings community and meaning to our lives.”
– Joanna Macy, author World as Lover, World as Self.
“What’s our favorite documentary of all time? The one film we wish everyone could see? Hands down, this is it. It is truly one of the most important and useful films for inspiring change that has been made in a generation.”
– Films for Action
“I think this is the best, most holistic film I have seen on the subject.”
– Jacob Bomann-Larsen, Coordinator of Nordic New Economy Network
“…it is a great honor for me to endorse such an historic work.”
– Samdhong Rinpoche, Prime Minister of Tibet’s government in exile
“The Economics of Happiness takes hold of the baton dropped by former Vice-President Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and runs it all the way to the finish.”
– Andrew Dash Gillman, Local First Utah
“It’s a superb movie. I think it ought to win an Academy Award for documentary.”
– Rob Kall, exec. direc. of OpEdNews.com. See the full article.
“While some American reviewers have predicted an Oscar for Best Documentary, others have said that this will do for localization/globalization schism what An Inconvenient Truth did for our understanding of climate change.”
– Roger Hanney, writer for The Alternative Media Group of Australia. See the full article.
“A rare, thought-provoking and inspiring new film, sure to make BIG NEWS in the local/global debate.”
– Press release, The Santa Barbara Independent
“A deep and pervasive positive outlook is what makes The Economics of Happiness so great.”
– Erik Curren, Economy So Old that it’s New, Transition Voice
“The Economics of Happiness offers a unique global perspective on a movement that is often reduced as being too small. Not so. The film tells the story of a grassroots movement for localization that is bubbling up from the cracks of a faltering global economy, in every corner of the world. These are the real ‘green shoots’ to be hopeful about.”
– Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director, The Oakland Institute
“A must-see film for the future of the planet.”
– Zac Goldsmith, Member of UK Parliament
“One of my all-time favorite documentaries, The Economics of Happiness”
– Cindy Sheehan, antiwar activist
“Helena Norberg-Hodge delivers a powerful message about globalization: It is the small, local economies around the world that are preserving traditions, cultures, and communities, and ultimately safeguarding our happiness.”
– Alice Waters, chef, author, and the proprietor of Chez Panisse
“A remarkable new documentary… Get a copy of this DVD. Then get the kids. Pull them away from their smartphones and video games… And show them this movie.”
– Russell Mokhiber, editor of The Corporate Crime Reporter
“A genuine addition to the pantheon of great films.”
– Ashwani Vasishth, Professor of Environmental Studies, Ramapo College
“This is one of my TOP 10 important MUST SEE films. I would give it 10 stars, not just 5. I would dedicate an entire university specifically for delivering the wisdom in this film. If I had new friends visiting and they asked me how I am and what I am up to, I would show them The Economy of Happiness, and then we would talk, sobered, with open hearts, considering how we will spend the rest of our lives together on this utterly precious and amazing planet. Please see this film. Show it to your children and your neighbors. Show it at work. The world will look different to you afterwards, and you will have more certainty about the choices you are making in your daily life.”
– Clinton Callahan (via Vimeo, 12-11-13)
“If you care about life on earth, including yours – then you must watch this film. It is a little scary at first when you realise what is going on, but exhilarating and empowering when you realise we can actually do something about it. In fact people already are doing something – so watch it and help make the this planet a better place.”
– Mark Law (via Vimeo, 4-2-13)
“[I’ve] just seen the movie; I think it’s the best message for people all around the world I have ever heard! This movie is sincere and appoints the global problems at their core…Thanks for this message.”
– Roman Aalbers (via facebook, 5-10-11)
“Thanks for the message…and the movie.”
– Rob Swales (via facebook, 5-10-11)
“I LOVED this movie and the wonderful discussion that followed here in Sydney on Thursday night! I bought the DVD and will be sharing it with many people!!”
– Nancy Georges (via facebook, 5-8-11)
“Absolutely wonderful documentary!! I hope lots and lots of people are able to see it. I’m forever changed for it.”
– Jenn Knight (via facebook, 5-7-11)
“I have just attended the Sydney screening and had tears in my eyes. A real wake-up call. Let’s hope enough of us wake up before it’s too late. I know I will make every effort to support local business where ever I am in the world. Thank you for making a difference.”
– Michelle McLeod (via facebook, 5-5-11)
“[I] recently purchased the dvd Economics of Happiness…it’s excellent…[I’ve] been passing it around to friends and it’s made a deep impression on everyone. This kind of thing needs to be circulated to the general public. Keep up the good work ISEC.”
– Robert Curry (via facebook, 5-4-11)
Brilliant film. [I’m] feeling empowered and want to help get the message out there. I hope who sees this film shares the message with their family and friends!”
– Prudence Nuck (via facebook, 5-3-11)
“Wonderful film. Thanks for producing this, I feel so enriched and overwhelmed at the same time. [I] really would like to organise a screening – Perth/Australia needs one too!”
– Sarah Bednarska (via facebook, 5-3-11)
“I watched The Economics of Happiness at Slow Food Calgary Local 101 event and it was terrific!”
– Capri Rasmussen (via facebook, 5-1-11)
– Lynda Obershaw (via facebook, 4-30-11)
“[I] saw the film last night, it was fantastic.”
– Angela Hanton (via facebook, 4-29-11)
“[I] got to see this movie at an ASU [Arizona State University] film festival – great documentary…”
– Nayeema Eusuf (via facebook, 4-29-11)
“This is, hands down, the most pertinent and timely journalistic effort I have ever seen.”
– Robert Foster (4-1-11)
“What a beautiful, engaging and positive film! Well Done!”
– Sebastian Von Holstein (via facebook, 4-23-11)
“Thanks for your remarkable film. We’ve been doing our documentary series for seven years, waiting for a definitive film on globalization that also presents an alternative. Now we have seen it, and it gives us direction and impetus to move forward.”
– Robert Brummel, Conscientious Projector, Pasadena, CA (4-20-11)
“[I] saw the movie tonight in Amherst, NH. Wow! An incredibly powerful analysis of what is wrong and what we have to do to fix it. [I’m] joining our CSA tomorrow!!!”
– Michael Conley (via facebook, 4-20-11)
“I saw the film today ~ Excellent: not just a clean analysis of the problems, it also presented hope and solutions for a more sustainable future.”
– Cheri Smith Damkoehler (via facebook, 4-12-11)
The Economics of Happiness in the media
March, 2013 – Movies that Celebrate CommUNITY – From The MOON Magazine.
October 6, 2012 – The Economics of Happiness | Film Review – Catherine Balavage heaps praise on the Economics of Happiness in this Frost Magazine review.
June, 2012 – The Economics of Happiness: A Film Review – By Carolyn Baker
May 12, 2012 – A Film About Economic Relocalization – Dr. Bramhall, author of the recent book The Most Revolutionary Act, reviews the film.
April 6, 2012 – Movie review: The Economics of Happiness – Brad Cookson, an economics professor, largely criticizes the film for being one-sided, and for not presenting itself with sufficient scientific data vetted by other academic economists.
April 1, 2012 – Economics of Happiness: local initiatives heal global ills – Martine Joseph reviews in excellent detail “The Economics of Happiness” on her site, moviespirit.com
February 15, 2012 – L’economia della felicità: una rispota alla crisi globale – Un buon articolo del sito camminando scalzi, in Italiano.
February 7, 2012 – 68. The Economics of Happiness – One man’s quest to watch every film released in the UK leads him to The Economics of Happiness.
January 2012 – The Economics of Happiness – The Economics of Happiness is reviewed in The Spirit of the Times. The issue focuses exclusively on building a new economic paradigm.
December, 2011 – Helena Norberg-Hodge: The Economics of Happiness – Bruce Boyers writes a beautiful article about his time with indigenous people and how it relates to the experience of Ladakhis as they were first introduced to the global economy. The article transitions into a mention of The Economics of Happiness, and eloquently argues for localization against GDP and global trade.
December 19th, 2011 – The Economics of Happiness – A summary on Austrian Times Blog of the Austrian premiere of The Economics of Happiness. The Premiere took place on December 15th, and sold-out a month in advance.
December 7th, 2011 – The Economics of Happiness – Transition Eastleigh screened the Economics of Happiness and wrote up some of their thoughts about the film.
December 1, 2011 – The Economics of Happiness screened across Scenic Rim communities – The film made itself known in several communities in Australia.
November 29th, 2011 – From Corporate Ghost-Modernism to Anthropo-localism via…The Economics of Happiness – This brief overview of the film has some pictures and slides.
November 2nd, 2011 – Technology is Not at Odds with localization – This review by Daniel Mimetic examines more closely the role which technology might play in localization.
November, 2011 – Helena Norberg-Hodge: The Economics of Happiness – Bruce Boyers writes a well-detailed account of Helena Norberg-Hodge and her experiences in Ladakh as well as her approach to globalization and perspectives on The Economics of Happiness.
August 22, 2011 – Documentary Review: The Economics of Happiness – A review written by green businessman and author Scott Cooney. Mr. Cooney lays out three critiques. 1) The film dismisses the sustainable potential of cities. 2) It fails to content with the issue of population growth and overpopulation. 3) It fails to see the progress that organizations like Safeway, Whole Foods and Wal-Mart have made towards sustainability.
July 23, 2011 – Grow Food! Slow Food: The Economics of Happiness – This is a blog post with some reflections from a screening in Australia. The blog is certainly worth checking out as well.
July 15, 2011 – What the Happiness Balance Sheet Looks Like – Sue Jackson, from Newmatilda.com, writes a detailed synopsis of the Economics of Happiness.
July 14, 2011 – The Economics of Happiness : A Review – John Haines saw the film at a community screening, and shares his thoughts here.
July, 2011 – The Economics of Happiness-Film Review – Gil Lopez wrote a great review after watching the film at the NYC launch last Winter. There are some great clips of the event’s panel discussion, too.
June 20, 2011 – Film Review | The Economics of Happiness – This review, written by John Murdock and published in Flourish magazine, gives a well-written, lightly philosophical break-down of the film and the event at which the author saw it. Mr. Murdock saw The Economics of Happiness at The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.
June, 2011 – The Economics of Happiness – A review written by Lance Bisaccia on Localsguige.com.
May 30, 2011 – Bringing the Economy Home – This is a blog post by Regina Lane from the Australian Conservation Foundation.
May 23, 2011 – The Economics of Happiness in Review – This review is written by Andrew Dash Gillman from Local First Utah. It offers commentary and a comprehensive summary of the film.
May 3, 2011 – The Economics of Happiness – Helena Norberg-Hodge is interviewed by Richard Aedy on Australia’s ABC Radio National. This interview addresses crucial questions about international trade, local initiatives, psychological health and so on. Open the link and click ‘listen now’.
May 2, 2011 – The Happiness Fix – An article by Caitlinn Howlett in G Magazine which integrates major points from The Economics of Happiness into a statement about happiness.
May 1, 2011 – The Economics of Happiness – A review and event summary by Roger Hanney, writing for the Alternative Media Group of Australia.
April 28, 2011 – More Does Not Bring Happiness – By Liina Flynn from the Northern Rivers Echo. Helena Norberg-Hodge (right) is the co-director and producer of “The Economics of Happiness”.
April 26, 2011 – Localization Could Offer Economic Sustainability – By Melissa Bykofsky from Binghapton University’s student-run newspaper, Pipe Dream.
April 22, 2011 – Stop Spending Money: How Consumerism Takes It’s Toll on Our Happiness – By Jennifer Kongs from Mother Earth News.
April 21, 2011 – The Economics of Happiness–A Review – By Liana Scobie from the Capital Institute
April 14, 2011 – Film Review: The Economics of Happiness – By Kristy Leissle from Yes! Magazine.
March 28, 2011 – Film Review: The Economics of Happiness – A review written by Rob Hopkins, the co-founder of the Transition Network.
March 28, 2011 – The Economics of Happiness and Open Phones – The International Society for Ecology and Culture’s USA director and Economics of Happiness co-director Steve Gorelick does an interview with Carl Eitner of Equal Time radio.
March 11, 2011 – Film Premiere: The Economics of Happiness – Press Release in The Santa Barbara Independent
March 4, 2011 – Economy So Old that it’s New – By Erik Curran in Transition voice
March 2, 2011 – Q&A: Helena Norberg-Hodge– By Jemima Roberts in Ecologist
February 22, 2011 – Review: The Economics of Happiness – By David Herron from Seven Generational Ruminations
February 20, 2011 – Boulder County, Colorado and The Economics Of Happiness – By Carolyn Baker in Transition Times
February 16, 2011 – The Economics of Happiness: Think Localization, Act Against Globalization – Melissa Martin in Global Policy Forum Blog
February 16, 2011 – The Economics Of Happiness comes down to local, local, local — preached and practiced in Oregon, by Carrie Sturrock in Oregon Live.com
February 4, 2011 – ‘A new documentary about the real wealth of nations—happiness’, a review by Jennifer Prediger on Grist.
January 30, 2011 – ‘Localization: Development without destruction and The Economics of Happiness’.
Cindy Sheehan interviews Helena Norberg-Hodge on Dandelion Salad.
January 28, 2011 – An interview with Helena Norberg-Hodge by Brian K. Mahoney in the Hudson Valley’s Chronogram Magazine.
“In The Economics of Happiness, linguist, writer, and activist Helena Norberg-Hodge explores an oft-ignored aspect of localism— its benefit to our general well being, and the social and psychological costs of the globalization-driven consumer culture. The film, created by the International Society for Ecology and Culture (Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of ISEC), argues that an economic model based on endless consumption is not only ecologically unsustainable, its also causing an epidemic of depression and societal breakdown across the globe.”
Read the entire extensive interview HERE
January 28, 2011 – Review of the film by Shirley Mak on the Sierra Club’s ‘The Green Life’.
“Where the documentary really shines isn’t in its rehashing of the problem, but in its enlightening and engaging approach to the solution…. But don’t take this reviewer’s word for it — make sure you see the film.”
Read the entire review HERE.
January 28, 2011 – Laura Flanders interviews Helena Norberg-Hodge on GRITtv.
“The Economics of Happiness says everything it should say. Ambitiously, it attempts to explain the many downsides of economic globalization, while offering actual alternatives that the viewer can get behind, and (for a movie just a little over an hour long) it does this concisely and without too much dreadful hyperbole or schmaltz…. I can heartily recommend this film as an activist tool.”
Read the entire review HERE.
January 26, 2011 – ‘Think Locally, Act Locally’, a review by Aaron M. Cohen at World Future Society.
Read the entire review HERE.
January 25, 2011 – Helena Norberg-Hodge interviewed on Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon. Listen to the interview HERE. Francesca Rheannon also reviews The Economics of Happiness on CSRwire: ‘All Happiness is Local’.
January 24, 2011 – ‘Lessons from Happiness Central’, by Catherine Porter, The Toronto Star.
January 19, 2011 – “Localization: The Film”
“What An Inconvenient Truth did for understanding climate change, a new film, The Economics of Happiness, is sure to do for understanding localization versus globalization. Even for those who are well versed in the negative effects of globalization, this film will further expose the systemic structures that drive the machine. But the film also offers hope in examples of the ways that localization could save us. I know of no other film that so clearly explains both of these divergent paths into the future.”
Read the entire article HERE.
January 19, 2011 – Tara Lohan reviews The Economics of Happiness on Alternet
“Vision: 8 Reasons Global Capitalism Makes Our Lives Worse — And How We Can Create a New Kind of Economy
A new film explores how globalization has resulted in crises of the economy, the environment and the human spirit — and points the way to a new path.”
Read the full review HERE
January 17, 2011 – Helena Norberg-Hodge interviewed on MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan Show about The Economics of Happiness.
January 11, 2011 – ‘Happiness Economics and “The Economics of Happiness”‘, by NPR’s David Brancaccio, Economy 4.0.
“… according to [Helena] Norberg-Hodge, consumption does not in fact make you happy. Working with the land; doing business on a small, local scale; knowing where your food comes from – that’s what gives life meaning. And, she argues, whether you prefer the word ‘joy’ or ‘contentment’ or ‘well-being’ instead of happiness, that’s not really the point.”
Read the full article HERE
January 6, 2011 – The Honeycomb Valley Blog (Aus.) discusses The Economics of Happiness:
“Do we define ourselves as consumers…or as citizens? Do the things we buy ourselves bring true meaning to our (and other peoples’) lives, or just dilute our bank accounts, wellbeing and the earth’s resources? How does buying from a faceless corporation and supply chain stack up against sharing with a neighbour? What do we really need to live a good life? And how does what we buy today affect other communities around the world (human, plant and animal) and generations to come?”
January 5, 2011 – The Economics of Happiness and Eight Inconvenient Truths about Globalization – By Russell Mokhiber on www.greenchange.org
January 4, 2011 – The Corporate Crime Reporter reviews The Economics of Happiness!
“Imagine a happy society.
With a high standard of living.
Large spacious houses.
No such thing as unemployment.
A remarkable new documentary — The Economics of Happiness — opens with a focus on such a society.”
read the entire review HERE
January 3, 2011 – The Extraenvironmentalist interviews Helena Norberg-Hodge.
“In Extraenvironmentalist #9 we speak with Helena Norberg-Hodge, director of The Economics of Happiness, a documentary film about the worldwide movement for local economic development. Our discussion covers Helena’s experiences in the Ladakh region of India which inspired her to recognize the problems with the standard model for economic development, inspiring her book and film Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh. We also spoke with Helena about the numerous benefits of decentralized local economies in addressing our converging crises and the specifics of the psychological impacts of advertising and media on society in its push for expanded economic activity.”
Listen to the interview HERE
December 10, 2010 – ‘Fixing the Future’, a program of NOW on PBS about communities across America “using innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity in our new economy”, mentions The Economics of Happiness on its website.
March 14, 2013 – The Benefits of Localisation – A radio broadcast with guests Helena Norberg-Hodge and Manish Jain.
November 25, 2012 – Goi Peace Foundation Forum 2012: Values of Happiness – This video is of a forum hosted by the Goi Peace Foundation. Helena Norberg-Hodge is the recipient of the 2012 Goi Peace Prize.
October 15, 2012 –Giant Wal-Mart vs. the Small Farmer – Dr. Vandana Shiva writes, “India is a land of small farmers. According to the United Nations, the smaller the farm, the higher the productivity.”
October 9, 2012 – Genetically modifying and patenting seeds isn’t the answer – Charles Eisenstein scrutinizes the assumptions inherent in the idea that the conventional agricultural model will allow humanity to produce more food.
October 6, 2012 – Norberg-Hodge, la lady dell’ecologia: “Crisi? Nuove regole e meno global” – Italian.
September 30, 2012 –Russia’s small-scale organic agricultural model may hold the key to feeding the world – A “vast network of decentralized, self-sustaining, independent ‘eco-villages’ produces more than enough food to feed the entire country”.
September 26, 2012 – Helena Norberg-Hodge: Economics of Happiness – This video interview of Helena was taken at the 2nd International Conference on Degrowth, which took place in Venice, Italy, September 18-23, 2012.
September 19th, 2012 – Corporations Create the Problem, Co-Ops Offer the Solution – Cooperatives offer a means by which to change the economic and social landscape and directly tackle issues of wealth inequality, outsourcing of jobs and high unemployment. By Brian Van Slyke and Taliesin Nyala on Truth-out.org.
September 18, 2012 – Why the world needs a rennaisance of small farming – By Colin Tudge in The Guardian.
September 11, 2012 – 22 Ways to Foster an Economics of Happiness – This is a great set of ideas generated the Economics of Happiness Summit + Launch of the Common Wealth Time Bank on September 3rd.
July 19, 2012 – Late Nite Live: The Economics of Happiness – Helena Norberg-Hodge is interviewed by Phillip Adams, one of Australia’s most respected broadcasters. This link contains the recorded interview.
July 16, 2012 – Local Hero Wins Peace Prize – Helena Norberg-Hodge in interviewed by her town paper about her recently receveing the Goi Peace Prize.
July 16, 2012 – The Story of Change – From Annie Leonard and The Story of Stuff Project comes a new video about moving from comsumer to citizen in order to enact social change.
May 29, 2012 – Helena Norberg-Hodge on Hope and Optimism – In this video clip, leader of the worldwide localization movement and film-maker Helena Norberg-Hodge reflects on the reasons for both the ecological, economic and social crises as well as reasons for hope for the future.
May 28, 2012 – Helena Norberg-Hodge on Rethinking Primary Production – Helena Norberg-Hodge encourages us to rethink primary production and shift to an economics of happiness.
May 21, 2012 –Saving Species Through Economics – Kristen Steele, program coordinator for ISEC and organizer of the Economics as if Life Mattered Symposium, writes, “Successful conservation depends on an economy that doesn’t incentivize destruction of species and habitats”. This peice appears in the opinion section of The Scientist.
May 14, 2012 – Helena Norberg-Hodge on the Polarization of the Movement – Helena Norberg Hodge, film-maker and leader of the ‘localization’ movement, shares her thoughts on the current trend of polarization as global economic and environmental crises worsen.
May 13, 2012 –Helena Norberg-Hodge on Rio+20 – Helena Norberg-Hodge, leader of the ‘localization’ movement and maker of the film: ‘The Economics of Happiness’ shares her thoughts on the upcoming Rio+20 summit. “Coming up to Rio+20 I think it’s absolutely vital that we realize that we cannot rely on governments to do anything significant to improve the state of the world.”
May 13, 2012 –Helena Norberg-Hodge on Global Warming – In this video clip, Helena Norberg-Hodge shares her thoughts on ‘Global Warming’.
Spring 2012 – Localization: The Economics of Happiness – This article by Helena Norberg-Hodge can be found in Tikkun Magazine’s Spring 2012 edition. She writes, “economic has been described as the economics of happiness. This is because it reduces our dependence on distant bureaucracies and corporations with human scale interdependence.”
May 9, 2012 –Big Ag: It’s Really Small, Sustainable Farms Making You Sick – Steve Holt’s article is subtitled, “dubious research funded by large corporations points a finger at mom-and-pop operations.”
April 19, 2012 – Simplifying the Economics of Happiness with Helena Norberg-Hodge – Helena Norberg-Hodge talks about how her work is related to feminist movements, and how empowering communities ultimately means empowering women. Published on Project Groundswell.
April 14, 2012 – The Economics of Happiness Conference and the Rise of The Localization Movement – This extensive article on New Paradigm Digest covers the conference and the work of all the speakers who were present.
April 5, 2012 – What are The Economics of Happiness? – Helena Norberg-Hodge, producer “The Economics of Happiness,” joins Thom Hartmann for a video interview.
March 20, 2012 – Helena Norberg-Hodge: The Economics of Happiness – Paul O’Brien from divination.com interviews Helena Norberg-Hodge in this podcast. Paul O’Brien has been the host of Pathways on Oregon’s KBOO FM radio for over 25 years, an interview program focused on personal and cultural transformation.
March 4, 2012 – Occupy Your Soapbox: The Economics of Happiness – Cindy Sheehan interviews Helena Norberg-Hodge about globalization, The Economics of Happiness, and how to create resilient communities.
February 28, 2012 – ‘Transition’ Sustainability Movement Launches at Mason – A teacher at George Mason High School in Falls Church, Virginia, showed “The Economics of Happiness” to her class and inspired further students to host screenings of other films.
February, 2012 – Happiness is the Ultimate Economic Indicator – Richard Heinberg, one of the voices from The Economics of Happiness, argues that “increased economic growth doesn’t necessarily lead to more fulfillment. So why do we consider GDP to be the most important factor?”
February 3, 2012 – A Podcast Interview with Helena Norberg-Hodge – Joanna Harcourt-Smith from Future Primitive (@fprimitive) had an interview with Helena Norberg-Hodge about Ancient Futures and Ladakh.
January 26, 2012 – A Tale of Two Cities: Beijing and Detroit – Published in Yes! Magazine, Helena Norberg-Hodge wrote about how two cities are trading roles in the global economy, but you’d be surprised which city is reaping some serious benefits.
January 24, 2012 – Creating a Better Economic Future for All: The Economics of Happiness Conference – Elephant Journal published our release about the Economics of Happiness conference, which aims to be a place of collaboration as to how to create more localized, sustainable economies.
January 19th, 2012 – Local Economies for a Global Future – Jason F. McLennan of Yes! Magazine offers visions of future societies at one local and global.
January 2012 – What Happened in Ladakh, What is Happening in the World – Junko Edahiro interviews Helena Norberg-Hodge about various topics, revealing her experiences in Ladakh.
December 12, 2011 – Transforming the Economy: Linking Hands Accross the Social and Environmental Divide – Published in Tikkun Magazine, Helena Norberg Hodge’s article urges us to think beyond the confines of strictly economic or environmental change.
November, 2011 – Economics of Happiness: The New Economy – This article by John De Graaf and Linda Sechrist questions the core assumptions of the economy and asks, what is the economy really for?
October 19, 2011 – Richard Heinberg and Helena Norberg-Hodge Discuss The End of Growth – This is a recorded webcast between two excellent authors. They weigh in about steps anyone can take to create a new economy.
October 17th, 2011 – A Conversation with Helena Norberg-Hodge – Scott Gast from Orion Magazine did a two-part interview. Look for part two at the above link.
October 2011 – Learning about … Going Local – This article by AgriCultures Network focuses on how ISEC’s work aims to foster localization.
August 8, 2011 – GDP IS DEAD: Will the world be happier without it? – Richard Heinberg from the Post Carbon Institute tends to write these blow-your-mind, rock-your-world, steal attention from Fox News types of articles. We’re trapped in a failed paradigm, and it’s time to start promising the electorate social progress rather than growth in GDP.
July 22, 2011 – “Gross National Happiness” on UN Agenda – The UN has called on member nations to develop their own measures of well-being based on Bhutan’s GNH. From the article: “Created in 1972, by then 16-year old King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, GNH is based on four pillars: the promotion of sustainable development, preservation and promotion of cultural values, conservation of the natural environment, and establishment of good governance.”
July 11, 2011 – A Natural System and an Agricultural Philosophy – This is a short (5 min.) film by the Source Project. It is masterfully crafted to put you in the shoes of a struggling yet very wise Indian Farmer.
July, 2011 – How to Liberate America from Wall Street Rule – This free report from the New Economy Working Group argues “The report calls for building a money/banking/finance system of local financial institutions that are transparent, accountable, rooted in community and dedicated to funding activities that build community wealth and meet community needs.”
July, 2011 – American Prospect: Decline and Rebirth – Gus Speth writes that America’s current situation is bleak, so bleak that is casts a long shadow on the future. Will we be able to handle the degredation of our society for much longer? Or will we decline to the point where we must be born fresh?
July 4, 2011 – Cream of the Crop: Community Supported Agriculture versus Whole Foods – This article by Megan Giller of the Miami Herald does a cost-benefit analysis of a CSA box versus buying the same box of produce at a whole foods. The verdict: Is your local economy worth $5?
July 1, 2011 – The Shareable Food Movement Meets the Law – This article, by Kelly Densmore and Janelle Orsi from one of our partners, the Sustainable Economies Law Center, is a discovery of the line between underground and shared food, and regulated and marketed food. Interestingly, it may come down to the definition of a ‘private club’.
June 13, 2011 – Could Well-Being Become our New Currency? – This Huffington Post Business section article by Marc Stoiber talks about the environmental necessity of alternatives measures of well-being, and how the business world can make that happen.
June 12, 2011 – Reclaiming our Sense of Self in a Globalized World – This blog article from the Huffington Post by Shelley A. Lewis is a true gem. It contains some useful and poignant analysis of how globalization disregards and erodes our self-identities and interpersonal connections.
June 06, 2011 – Thinking Small in a World of Big Business – Lawrence Money, of www.theage.com.au, discusses how a small business in Australia, Deck of Secrets, is taking the Economics of Happiness to heart: small and local.
June 01, 2011 – Stop the Leakage – Dan Brown, from Sooke, Canada, argues that privatizing his town’s wastewater treatment is not a good idea on economic grounds. Private companies, he argues, drain money out of an economy — counter to the interests of local citizens. Brown’s alternatives include a local municipality, a co-operative, a local non-profit or local private company.
May 25, 2011 – Buying Local – Jeff Gowdy cites the Economics of Happiness in his argument for support of local economies.
May 21, 2011 – TEDx: Reimagining the future of Christchurch – Christchurch, a city hit hard by an eqrthquake in February of 2011, is rebuilding itself into a sustainable and people-friendly city. This article recaps a talk held amongst experts on the priorities of rebuilding. Helena Norberg-Hodge was in attendance and strongly advocated rebuilding local economies and food systems as an alternative to the disconnected monoculture that is promoted by globalization.
May 4, 2011 – The New Economy: Design for Life – Author David Korten outlines an organizational vision for a new economy.
May 4, 2011 – Can the World Feed 10 Billion People? – Author Raj Patel puts together excellent writing, ample data and broad perspective in this prospectus for feeding a booming global population. Generally it seems, international entities should support local farmers. Moreover, those farmers are in need of comprehensive solutions, not simply new technologies. At ISEC, we know and believe that supporting local communities all over the world gives people the resources they need not only to feed themselves, but to live wonderful, vibrant and sustainable lives.
April 28, 2011 – Three Cups of Fiction – Carol Black offers some very much needed perspective on the recent scandalous revelations around Greg Mortenson’s best-selling book “Three Cups of Tea.” Are schools a good thing when they impose a westernized curriculum upon an indigenous people? This related directly to the new movie “Schooling the World,” which addresses precisely this issue.
April 26, 2011 – Farmers’ Market Culture Booms – Farmers’ markets are doing well, in the winter, in Victoria. This brings new reference to the popular quote “build it and they will come.” It’s written by Erin Cardone of Victoria News.
April 18, 2011 – The World of Our Dreams – A selection from Author David Korten’s discussion on a new economy.
April 8, 2011 – Feeding the World: It’s not about Quantity – “The resilience of our food supply is as much about quality and diversity of our food sources as it is about how much we produce.” This article was written by Danielle Nierenberg and Mara Schechter. It was published in Yes! Magazine. How about a pepper?
March 27, 2011 – Local Economies: An Alternative Solution to the Budget Crisis – “Keeping the State’s Money in the State.” This article is written by Ellen Brown and published by Reader Supported News. It generally argues that state banks would keep dollars from being exported via financial tornado into the global economy where they benefit fewer people.
March 9, 2011 – Five Reasons Why GPI Should Replace GDP – Bob Willard, on Green Conduct, notes that GDP was never intended to measure national well-being. GPI measures critical factors, primarily social and environmental.
March 8, 2011 – Eco-Farming Could Double Food Output of Poor Countries, Says UN – “Report cites insect-trapping plants in Kenya and Bangladhesh’s use of ducks in paddy fields, and resulting rise in crop yields.” This Reuters article was re-posted on CommonDreams. The photo (by mckaysavage) to the right is a simple bug trap. It boasts a light bulb above a bucket of water.
March 8, 2011 – Economics of Happiness! – This blog post by GRK Murty narrates the political applications of ‘Happiness Economics’, not to be confused with the film. Interestingly, some scholars advocate studying what makes people happy in order that governments allocate more of it. The post has some good quotes by famous figures.
March 7, 2011 – Maine Town Passes Landmark Local Food Ordinance – “Until the last couple generations, we didn’t need a special license or new facility each time we wanted to sell something to our neighbors. Small farmers and producers have been getting squeezed out in the name of food safety, yet it’s the industrial food that is causing food borne illness, not us.”
March 1, 2011 – The localism Index – A list of very suprising and promising statistics about the growth of local business, farmer’s markets and small banks. Compiled by Stacy Mitchell of the New Rules Project.
Feb. 4, 2011 – Buddhist Economics: Raj Patel Suggests a New Way to Define Value – In this video clip posted on Capitalism is Over, Matthew Palomino interviews Raj Patel, the author of “The Value of Nothing.”
Dec. 20, 2010 – Economy Sandwich – A 9-minute video that explores the new economy with the Sustainable Economies Law Center, one of our partners. “How are people putting the lively back in livelihood? Sharing, cooperation, DIY, and the local economy are all wonderful, but they operate in some interesting legal grey areas.”
Fall 2010 – Bhutan: Taking the Middle Path to Happiness – This is a very beautiful short video about Bhutan’s experiment with the Gross National Happiness alternative to the GDP, and challenges still faced by pressures from globalization. It is from the website of GNH World Project. This video was first posted on Youtube in 2007, but it came to our attention in the Fall of 2010, thus the date.
Nov. 17, 2010 – Building Community: An Economic Approach – David Korten explains in Yes! Magazine what economic transformation has to do with building stronger, happier communities, in an interview by David Bracaccio as part of PBS’ Fixing the Future series. The page has a video and a transcript.
Nov. 8, 2010 – The Ultimate Roller Coaster Ride: A Brief History of Fossil Fuels – “Fossil fuels have powered human growth and ingenuity for centuries. Now that we’re reaching the end of cheap and abundant oil and coal supplies, we’re in for an exciting ride. While there’s a real risk that we’ll fall off a cliff, there’s still time to control our transition to a post-carbon future.” 300 years of fossil fuel history in a 5-minute video, by Richard Heinberg and the Post Carbon Institute.
November 5, 2010 – Civic Agriculture: Building a Healthy and Safe Community – Civic agriculture, more or less gardens in cities, relieve plenty of social problems. The claim is backed by a study done by the University of Washington.
October 5, 2010 – It’s Our Nature: A Life of True Surplus – An article about the abundances that exist in Ladakh, a remote region with scarce resources.
May 10, 2010 – Why Local Economies Matter – “‘Going local’ currently remains a fringe, grassroots process made up of small-scale initiatives. The real question is how to steer government priorities away from big business and global finance, and to gain political and popular support for an economy geared toward localisation.” by Anna White, Share The World’s Resources.
April 29, 2010 – A New Deal for Local Economies – “More local, durable economies are already taking root. We can help them along by changing the way we regulate businesses, plan cities, and finance the communities we want.” by Stacy Mitchell of YES! magazine.
April 13, 2010 – Local Economies Close the Distance Between Us: “But our city planning policies are rigged against them. How can we support neighborhood businesses that slow the pace of life and encourage people to get to know each other?” by Stacy Mitchell, YES! magazine.
April 3, 2010 – Beyond The Monoculture: Strengthening Local Culture, Economy And Knowledge – “Despite the fact that almost every news item today brings information about the seeming endless list of crises there is hope that we have the power to turn things around. Localisation is a positive and realistic alternative to economic globalisation. It is the best way to ensure our future wellbeing and that of the planet.” by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Countercurrents.
February 27, 2010 – Going Local: “Today, the planet is on fire with global warming, toxic pollution and species extinction, with fundamentalism, terrorism and fear. The most powerful solutions involve a fundamental change in direction – towards localizing rather than globalising economic activity. In fact, “going local” may be the single most effective thing we can do. Localisation is essentially a process of de-centralisation – shifting economic activity back into the hands of local businesses instead of concentrating it in fewer and fewer mega-corporations.” By Helena Norberg-Hodge, Countercurrents.
February 26, 2010 – The Economics Of Happiness: “Thirty-three years ago, I watched as a culture that had been sealed off from the rest of the world was suddenly thrown open to economic development. Witnessing the impact of the modern world on an ancient culture gave me insights into how economic globalisation creates feelings of inadequacy and inferiority, particularly in the young, and how those psychological pressures are helping to spread the global consumer culture. Since that time I have been promoting the rebuilding of community and local economies as the foundation of an ‘Economics of Happiness’.” by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Countercurrents.
December 2, 2009 – A New Deal for Local Economies – This is based on a talk given n Bristol, England on October 17th of 2009. The talk was hosted by one of our co-sponsors, the New Rules Project. The article goes into detail about promising indication of local economic renewal in the aftermath of the 2007-2008 recession.
June 2000 – Globalization from a Buddhist Perspective – While Pracha Hutanuwatr, the author, is a Buddhist monk, this article may well apply to everyone. It provides timeless insights into the inherently destructive cycles of globalization.