The Economics of Happiness challenges us to restore our faith in humanity, challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world. The film describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, an unholy alliance of governments and big business continues to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, people all over the world 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.
The second half of The Economics of Happiness provides not only inspiration, but practical solutions.We hear from a chorus of voices from six continents, including Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Samdhong Rinpoche, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Michael Shuman, Zac Goldsmith and Keibo Oiwa. 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 not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well-being.
The Building a Culture of Peace Film Series is sponsored by Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, AFSC, Temple Beth Jacob, NH Peace Action, the Concord UU Church, and the NH UCC Peace with Justice Advocates. All films are free and include post-film discussion.
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