Going local is the way to repair our fractured world –
our ecosystems, our societies and our selves.
The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. On the other hand, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human-scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm…
…an economics of localization.
Trailer for The Economics of Happiness
The Economics of Happiness was produced by Helena Norberg-Hodge, and written and directed by Steven Gorelick, John Page & Helena Norberg-Hodge, in 2011.
In the film, we hear from a chorus of voices from six continents, including Samdhong Rinpoche (the former Prime Minister of Tibet’s government in exile), Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, and Andrew Simms. They tell us that climate change and peak oil give us little choice: we need to localize, to bring the economy home. The good news is that as we move in this direction, we will begin to heal the earth and restore our own sense of well-being. The Economics of Happiness calls on us to rediscover our faith in humanity, and challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world.
The film has been translated into 26 languages and the list is still growing.
Praise for The Economics of Happiness
“A powerful new film that cuts deeply to the heart of the global crisis. Magnificent!”
~ David Suzuki, Television Presenter & Environmentalist ~
“What’s our favorite 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 ~
“…it is a great honor for me to endorse such an historic work.”
~ Samdhong Rinpoche, former Prime Minister of Tibet’s government in exile ~
“A rare, thought-provoking and inspiring new film, sure to make BIG NEWS in the local/global debate.”
~ Press release, The Santa Barbara Independent ~
As part of our commitment to supporting the growth of the localization movement, we encourage individuals and groups to organize community screenings of The Economics of Happiness. Public screenings of the film are organized on a voluntary basis all over the world. We’ve helped organize over 1,000 screenings and are happy to guide you through the process.
If you’re interested in organizing a community screening of The Economics of Happiness, read more here: Host a Community Screening.
Film Discussion Guide
We’ve also produced a ‘Discussion Guide and Companion to the Film‘, a resource for educators and study groups wanting to dive deeper into the issues addressed in the film.
This discussion guide follows the film, chapter by chapter, expanding on the arguments and pointing to a wealth of resources for further learning, reflection and action. Each chapter begins with a short essay elaborating on the film, followed by a set of suggested discussion questions and activities, a short list of recommended readings, links to related organizations, and links to other learning resources.
Other Local Futures’ Films
The story of Ladakh teaches us about the root causes of environmental, social and psychological problems. This film is a moving portrait of tradition and change in Ladakh, a critique of the global economy, and a call for economic localization. Watch online on: Vimeo
A documentary following
two Ladakhi women on a trip to England
as part of a Local Futures “reality tour.”
This film provides
fascinating insights into the pressures facing non-Western people as they confront the global economy.