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Economics of Happiness DVD

Economics of Happiness DVD
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The Economics of Happiness

Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick, John Page
International Society for Ecology and Culture
DVD, Documentary, January 2011, 65 minutes

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‘Going local’ is a powerful strategy 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. At the same time, 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.

Voices from six continents 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 not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well-being. The Economics of Happiness restores our faith in humanity and challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world.

  • Best in Show - Cinema Verde Film Festival (Florida) 2011
  • Award of Merit - Accolade Film Competition
  • Best Director - EKOFILM (Czech Republic)
  • Bronze Award - Oregon Environmental Film Festival 2011
  • Golden Palm Award - Mexico International Film Festival 2012
  • Aloha Accolade Award - Honolulu Film Awards 2012
  • Judges' Selection: Award for the Theme of Human Unity - Auroville Film Festival 2012, India