Local is Our Future book coverPoverty, climate change, the erosion of democracy, an epidemic of depression – these and other global crises are symptoms of a far bigger systemic problem.

So reports Local is Our Future: Steps to an Economics of Happinessthe new book by Helena Norberg-Hodge, author of the inspirational classic Ancient Futures and producer of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness.  Due to be published on Monday 1 July, Local is Our Future

Helena Norberg-Hodge says: “For our species to have a future, it must be local. The good news is that the path to such a future is already being forged. Away from the screens of the mainstream media, the crude ‘bigger is better’ narrative that has dominated economic thinking for centuries is being challenged by a perspective that places human and ecological wellbeing front and centre. People are coming to recognise that connection, both to others and to Nature herself, is the wellspring of human happiness. And every day new, inspiring initiatives are springing up that offer the potential for genuine prosperity.”

Helena Norberg-Hodge has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological wellbeing for four decades. Director of the non-profit Local Futures, she was honoured with the Right Livelihood Award (or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’) for her groundbreaking work in Ladakh, India, and received the 2012 Goi Peace Prize for contributing to “the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.”

While humans thrive on connection to the natural world and to community, Local is Our Future explains how the global economy systematically severs those connections – separating us ever further from each other and from nature. Localisation is a way to rekindle those connections, while providing profound economic, social, environmental and psychological benefits. It is the path to an economics of happiness.

Taking inspiration from a worldwide localisation movement that is already emerging beneath the radar of the mainstream media, Local is Our Futureoutlines the steps needed to move towards a world of interlinked and decentralised local economies and communities. On every continent, people are coming together to claw back control over their own economies, and in doing so are healing fractured communities, repairing damaged environments, and building a brighter future.

David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World and Change the Story, says:

“Helena Norberg-Hodge, one of the great visionary voices of our time, explains in clear and simple detail why you, your children, and the vast majority of the world’s people find it nearly impossible to make a decent living, while Earth dies and a few already obscenely wealthy individuals grow their fortunes by billions each year. Drawing on inspiring examples from around the world, she goes on to spell out what we the people, standing together, can do about it. A must read book for our time.”


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