Economics of Happiness
The Economics of Happiness
Localization is the best way to repair
our ecosystems, our societies and ourselves.
‘The Economics of Happiness’ film
Our award-winning film, ‘The Economics of Happiness’, spells out the social, spiritual, and ecological costs of today’s global economy while highlighting the multiple benefits of economic localization. The film showcases the steps people are already taking worldwide to rebuild their local economies and communities. Featuring Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Samdhong Rinpoche, and other inspiring thinkers and activists.
“What’s our favourite 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 –
The English-language DVD includes Spanish, French, and English subtitles, and can be purchased in our online store. For other languages, click the link below.
The abridged, 20-minute version of the film can be viewed online for free on YouTube (below), on Vimeo, and on the Films for Action website.
To initiate discussion and inspire local initiatives we encourage everyone to host a community screening of ‘The Economics of Happiness’ or our other films.
This guide expands on the arguments made in the film, and points to a wealth of resources for further learning, reflection and action.
Economics of Happiness conferences
Since 2012, Local Futures has been organizing and running a series of Economics of Happiness conferences in venues around the world, in collaboration with international thought leaders and local activists and organizations. The events aim to stimulate critical debate about the global corporate economy, and to encourage an exploration of human-scale alternatives.
Local is Our Future
Helena Norberg-Hodge’s latest book reveals the causes of – and solutions to – our many social, economic, ecological and spiritual crises.
Books, reports and videos
A comprehensive overview of our books, films and reports, which have collectively been translated into over 40 languages.
Use these resources to learn how the global economy is plunging us into crises, and how you can support local economies.