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Hong Kong: Global Vision for Local Action Transformative Workshop
October 29, 2016 @ 10:00 am - October 30, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
What is the purpose of our economy? The well-renowned educator and the editor-in-chief of Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine, Satish Kumar, once said, ‘The purpose of the economy is to provide human well being and enough materials to provide basic needs and reasonable comfort, as well as spiritual prosperity.’
Globalization seems to have increased the GDP in developed and developing countries. However, at the same time, massive debt is created, the value of people and nature are missing in this materialistic economy, and the gap between poor and rich is significantly increasing.
What should a good economy look like? How could we create an economy that brings prosperity and wellbeing without harming the ecosystem on which we depend? In this workshop, Helena Norberg-Hodge, a pioneer of the new economy movement, will share her views, visions, experiences and global cases for participants to explore how this is possible through local actions. Participants will also go on an outing to visit examples of local economics and local community collaboration.
This two-day workshop consists of:
- Lectures and Q & A sessions with Helena Norberg-Hodge on day 1
- Film screening of The Economics of Happiness followed by a Q&A session with the producer, Helena Norberg-Hodge
- Discussion of local globalization and localization issues with Mr. Chow Sung-ming, an instructor from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- Visits to examples of the local economy and community collaboration on day 2
- Experiencing the grounds and staying overnight at the Green Hub, a Grade I listed historic building
- A yoga and sound relaxation session at night
- Guided tour and low carbon vegetarian meals at the Green Hub
Helena Norberg-Hodge is a pioneer of the new economy movement. She has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for nearly forty years, which in 2012 earned her the prestigious Goi Peace Award. For her work in Ladakh, or Little Tibet, she received the Right Livelihood Award, or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’.
Helena’s seminal book, Ancient Futures, has been described as “an inspirational classic”. Together with a film of the same title, it has been translated into more than 40 languages. She is the producer of the award-winning film, The Economics of Happiness, and co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home and From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture. Helena was educated in Sweden, Germany, Austria, England and the United States, including studies at the University of London and with Noam Chomsky at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has written numerous articles and essays, lectured in seven languages and appeared in broadcast, print and online media worldwide.
Helena is the founder and director of Local Futures – International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) and The International Alliance for Localisation (IAL), and a founding member of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, the International Forum on Globalization and the Global Ecovillage Network.