“This is a very special house. It’s called the House of Happiness through Communication. People live here like a big family.” Our guide was 12 year-old Seon Jae, and we were standing in front of an unremarkable-looking 3-story brick building in Mapo-gu, a district of the high-rise metropolis of Seoul, South Korea. We were there to learn about Sungmisan, an “urban village” that is forging an alternative model of twenty-first century living. Seon Jae is a student at the Sungmisan School, and was … [Read more...]
John Page is Programs Director of Local Futures. He was the producer of the award-winning documentary, Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh, and co-director of The Economics of Happiness. His series of photographs depicting the spread of the global monoculture has been used by NGOs around the world.