Policymakers, mainstream economists, and business leaders have pushed us in the direction of ever more economic growth and development, while ignoring the ecological, social, and spiritual consequences. We believe that a radically different paradigm is needed. We need to focus on meeting real human and ecological needs through awakening to our deep ties to community and nature – through an ‘economics of happiness’.
This program has two major components:
The Economics of Happiness Film
Our award-winning documentary film, The Economics of Happiness, spells out the social, spiritual, and ecological costs of today’s global economy. Importantly, the film also highlights the many benefits of a shift towards the local and showcases some of the steps people are already taking worldwide. Featuring interviews with Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Samdhong Rinpoche, and other inspiring thinkers and activists.
The film has been translated into 26 languages, including French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Arabic and Russian.
Economics of Happiness Conferences
Since 2012, Local Futures has been organizing an ongoing series of international Economics of Happiness conferences in countries around the world, focused on kick-starting broad critical debate about the global corporate economy, and on exploring alternatives in collaboration with local activists and organizations.