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Author and filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (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 has given public lectures in seven languages, and has appeared in broadcast, print, and online media worldwide, including MSNBC, The London Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Guardian. Her ground-breaking work in Ladakh earned her the Right Livelihood Award (or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’), and she was awarded the 2012 Goi Peace Prize for contributing to “the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.” Her book, Ancient Futures— described as ‘an inspirational classic’ — has sold almost half a million copies.
Steven Gorelick is ISEC’s Chief Financial Officer and US Program Director. An adjunct professor at Sterling College, he is the author ofSmall is Beautiful, Big is Subsidized and co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home. His writings have been published in The Ecologist andResurgence magazines. He frequently teaches and speaks on local economics around the US. He also runs a small-scale organic farm with his wife and two children in Vermont.
John Page is ISEC’s Programs Director. Trained as a barrister, he was instrumental in establishing ISEC’s partner organisations in Ladakh. In addition, he produced and directed the award-winning film Ancient Futures, as well as the short documentaries The Future of Progress andLocal Futures. He is co-author of From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture. His series of photographs depicting the spread of the global monoculture have been used by NGOs around the world.