Economics of Happiness

Helena Norberg-Hodge

Helena is a local film maker and activist best known for her remarkable documentary ‘The Economics of Happiness’.

The Economics of Happiness is a 2011 documentary film directed by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick, and John Page, and produced by Local Futures (formerly the International Society for Ecology and Culture).SynopsisThe film features many voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change.

The documentary describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. While government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power, people around the world are resisting those policies and working 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.Recognition

The Economics of Happiness has won “Best in Show” at the Cinema Verde Film and Arts Festival, “Best Direction” from EKOFilm 2011, “Judges’ Choice” and “Audience Choice” at the Auroville International Film Festival, an “Award of Merit” from the Accolade Film Festival, and several other awards.

In 2012, the film was listed among the top ten films as chosen by Transition town initiatives.In 2015, it was awarded 1st place out of 100 “documentaries we can use to change the world” by Films for Action, an activism-oriented film screening and compilation site.

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It seems the consensus is building that it's not a step backwards to live more simply and mindfully and care for the planet and the communities and the connections that give us life!

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This Girl Can Fit All Her Trash From The Past 5 Years Into A Single Mason Jar
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This is fine if you're as wealthy and privileged as this woman

Whole lotra nonsense there... How much food packaging can be composted?

Lisa Kroledge think I can do it lol?

I smell bullshit....

She surely buys lots of clothes ....

'Girl' is she under the age of 18?

Avril Sainsbury

Jackie Carreira

fuck off

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Zero Waste - back to basics!

Rob Greenfield
Great news! Zero Waste Shops are opening up all over Europe!

Co-created by Guerrilla Foundation

Featuring Bulk Market

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Want to open a zero waste shop in your community? Here's a how-to guide from my friends at Earth.Food.Love!
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It's wonderful to see some things returning to the way it was before "progress" ruined the world. 😏😏

Wonderful!!:)) - I love this shop:)))

Thank you @bulk barn for allowing people to bring clean containers from home!!!!!

This is how I want to shop!!!

Great idea.

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Powerful video from The Rules...
Post-growth economy, wellbeing economy, human-scale economy, local economy - whatever we want to call it, let's make it happen. Much is at stake.

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Every day, we are told that global economic growth will save us. But think about it: How is it possible to have infinite growth on a finite planet? #GrowthOrLife
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The bad vibe that factory farms fishing fleets and slaughterhouses blanket the earth in is having far worse consequence than a life making gas co2 0.04% of the air which the world has been fooled into thinking is driving the climate on earth and it's made nuclear power sneak in as green and every river on earth the oceans arteries dammed with huge walls making huge lakes for electricity , hydroelectric dams are incredibly environmentally and socially damaging , imagine a nuclear reaction to boil water to make electricity to boil water to make coffee and tea , is insanity , Eric drexler radical abundance offers real solutions but it can't be left to market forces profit and greed . You can't solve a problem by the same consciousness that created it . Politicians get voted out if they don't promise more growth, and democracy encourages breeding . Huge problems one simple solution .End all land and sea animal slaughter unless absolutely necessary and like magic humanities problems will disappear . Eden will return , it wasn't an apple it was an animal .

Constant growth, meat and fish fuelled, shopping based economies, with politicians having to promise more of the same, or get voted out, that's the problem not co2 plants food .

It's the theory of evolution that has made having and not having stuff the essence of life , greed and aggression virtues in our society .

Who wants to live in a machine? Yet, some want to live in a Mall. Same thing, unnoticed.

Bartering is back

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Happy to be covered by this fantastic podcast - looking forward to the whole thing coming out.NEW episode preview with author, filmmaker & founder of Local Futures / Economics of Happiness, Helena Norberg-Hodge who explains that face-to-face connection between people in community is not only important, but also relevant to systems thinking & complexity. ... See MoreSee Less

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