Local is Our Future: Steps to an Economics of Happiness
- Author: Helena Norberg-Hodge
- Publisher: Local Futures, 2019
- Length: 160 pages
Helena Norberg-Hodge's most recent book, Local is Our Future, connects the dots between our social, economic, ecological and spiritual crises, revealing how a systemic shift from global to local can address these seemingly disparate problems simultaneously.
Distilling the wisdom gleaned from four decades of activism and direct experience in both the global North and South, Helena lucidly deconstructs the old narrative of 'progress' through technological advance and corporate growth, while presenting a concise and compelling case for economic localization. Her arguments are supported by real-world examples proving that – beneath the radar of the mainstream media and far from the fetishized techno-utopia of Silicon Valley – healthy and vibrant futures, built upon connection to nature and community, are already in the making.
Local is Our Future is translated into Spanish, to be ordered here: https://pol-len.cat/llibres/el-futuro-es-local/, and Slovak, to be ordered here: https://alter-nativa.sk/citatelsky-klub-an/nasa-buducnost-je-lokalna/. An excerpt from the first chapter of the book has been translated into 14 languages with more on the way. Read the excerpt in English: here. View all translations of Local is Our Future here.
NOTE: We'd like to encourage readers to discuss Local is Our Future as part of a book club or other community group - so we’re offering a 30% discount for anyone planning to engage with the book collectively in this way. Please email [email protected] for details.
We’ve also put together a short two-page discussion guide (available in color and black and white) with some suggested questions and recommendations of next steps your community can take after reading the book.
'There is no more important task than re-localizing our economies… And this book will tell you how it's done.'
- Bill McKibben
'A potent conceptual lens… to reverse the ruin of culture, nature, and place.'
- Charles Eisenstein
'This beautiful new narrative is one of empowerment and active hope.'
- Joanna Macy
'The argument for economic decentralization, powerfully and passionately presented in this fine book, is one that we can no longer ignore.'
- David Suzuki
'An essential guidebook, lighting the way towards economies of human and ecological wellbeing.'
- Judy Wicks
'Localization…is the only hope for the future. Read this book!'
- Iain McGilchrist