Reconnecting to our local future
On October 12th – 14th, 2017 the Economics of Happiness Conference was held in Santa Fe at the the James A. Little Theater of the New Mexico School for the Deaf. We have explored and explained how we humans can shift direction – environmentally, economically, and spiritually – from a globalized system of exploitation, inequality, and environmental degradation toward local cultures and economies that support renewal, resilience, and human and planetary well-being. The Conference, while identifying the systemic root causes of our interconnected crises, focused primarily on identifying key strategic shifts and cultivating collaboration toward economic localization.
The Conference included lectures and panel discussions as well as music, art, and ceremony. Conference attendees experienced ample opportunity for interaction with one another and with faculty during the three-day program. By the end of the Conference, program sponsors expect to witness increasing collaboration in the Northern New Mexico community toward the development of compelling and constructive support for grassroots localization strategies through hands-on action and policy initiatives.
Watch Winona LaDuke’s plenary talk from the conference on YouTube.
Additionally, the week after the conference, on October 19th and 20th, Stanzin Gya – a Ladakhi filmmaker and good friend of Local Futures – organized a screening his award-winning film The Shepherdess of the Glaciers at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.
executive director of Honor the Earth
author of Sacred Economics
former mayor of Bristol, UK
director of Local Futures
founder of BALLE
teacher of traditional Eastern medicine
author of Apocalyptic Planet
author of White Buffalo Teachings
author of One Mind
…and many more.
The Conference’s main local sponsor is Reconnect-Today, which collaborates with writers, educators, artists, activists, healing initiatives, and other organizations in alignment with the mission of reconnecting with each other and our communities: www.reconnect-today.org.
Other sponsors include: