with Michael Shuman & Helena Norberg-Hodge
In this Global to Local Webinar, “Going Local,” community-economist and author, Michael Shuman, and Local Futures’ Director, Helena Norberg-Hodge, explored localization as a systemic solution-multiplier that simultaneously lowers CO2 emissions, restores democracy and provides secure livelihoods. The conversation identified proven strategies that strengthen local economies including the need for an international movement for localization. Controversial issues and questions surrounding localization were also explored.
Recorded December 9th, 2015.
Michael Shuman’s books:
Studies Michael referenced during the webinar:
Key Studies & Resources on Why Local Matters:
Michael H. Shuman (USA) is an economist, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and a globally recognized expert on community economics. He is a Fellow at the Cutting Edge Capital and Post-Carbon Institute, Adjunct Professor in the Community Economic Development Program at Simon Fraser University and the author & editor of nine books, his most recent being “The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative, Self-Financing “Pollinator Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity”. Shuman regularly helps communities analyze economic “leakages” and job-creation opportunities from expanded locally owned, import substituting businesses. A prolific speaker, Shuman has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities, for the past 30 years. He has lectured in 47 US states and eight countries. Read more here.
Helena Norberg-Hodge (Australia) is the founder and director of Local Futures/ISEC. A pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement, she has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for more than thirty years. She is the producer and co-director of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness, and the author of Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh, described as “an inspirational classic” and Local is Our Future. She has given public lectures in seven languages, and has appeared in broadcast, print, and online media worldwide. She was honored with the Right Livelihood Award (or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’) for her groundbreaking work in Ladakh, and recently received the Goi Peace Prize for contributing to “the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.”