Economics of Happiness: Creating a More Equitable World
What if human well-being didn’t have to be at the expense of the environment? What if we could simultaneously increase genuine prosperity, reduce social inequality, and tackle climate change?
With some simple economic shifts, all this becomes possible. That’s because so many of our current crises—financial, social and ecological—are linked to the scale of the economy. Localisation is a solution-multiplier that systemically reduces economic scale, creating benefits that ripple throughout society.
At this day-long seminar, hosted by Local Futures, Global Hub for the Common Good and Initiatives of Change, Local Futures’ founder Helena Norberg-Hodge articulated a paradigm for an ‘economics of happiness’. Her talk highlighted human-scale economies and the steps at the community, national, and international levels, that can bring us there. She was joined by Stephen Hinton, co-founder of the Swedish Transition movement, and Diego Isabel La Moneda, founder of Global Hub for the Common Good. Local Futures’ film The Economics of Happiness was also screened and, in discussion with the audience, the speakers explored how we can sustainably meet both human and ecological needs by going local.
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Photo by Karim Ahmed Hasan