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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

3/28: New Documentary Film Finds Solutions to Global Problems in Localized Economies

From Lora Lucero: The new documentary film The Economics of Happiness will be screened at the UNM Lobo Theatre, Student Union Building Room 1003 (basement of the SUB) on Monday, March 28, at 6:30 PM. Admission is free and open to the public.

Going beyond merely identifying the myriad problems of corporate globalization, The Economics of Happiness, co-directed by Right Livelihood Award winner (aka, the “alternative Nobel Prize") Helena Norberg-Hodge, explores the rapidly growing movement of localized economies around the world that offer a strategic solution that can solve our most serious economic, social, environmental and cultural crises.

“Going local” is a powerful strategy to help repair our fractured world -- our ecosystems, our societies and ourselves. The Economics of Happiness spells out the policy changes needed to enable local businesses to survive and prosper.

From urban gardens in Detroit, Michigan to the Transition Town movement in Totnes, UK; hands-on education in Yokahama, Japan; community-centered agriculture in Ladakh, Tibet; calculating the social costs of economic growth in Thailand; and small-scale peasant farming in Peru, people around the globe are going local to solve the myriad of crises we face as a planetary community.

“It is good news indeed to find so persuasive an explanation of our ailing world as The Economics of Happiness,” writes eco-philosopher Joanna Macy. “This film connects the dots between climate chaos, economic meltdown, and our own personal suffering -- stress, loneliness, and depression. It presents the localization movement as a systemic alternative to corporate globalization, as well as a strategy that brings community and meaning to our lives.”

The Economics of Happiness features the acclaimed environmentalists, scholars and authors Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Juliet Schor, Richard Heinberg, accomplished Bhutanese film director Khyentse Norbu and the first Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile Samdhong Rinpoche among others.

The screening is cosponsored by: The New Economy Book Club, Economic Reform Advocacy (ERA!) Group, S.O.A.P. (Students Organizing Actions for Peace), 50+ Cohousing, and others. It is part of the People Before Profit film series, which aims to increase awareness of social issues and encourage students to think about local and global problems and solutions. The series started last fall and continues this semester with free weekly film screenings and discussions on Mondays at 6:30 PM.

March 23, 2011 at 10:27 AM in Economy, Populism, Environment, Events, Film | Permalink


Would it surprise you all to realize that this is a right-wing vision of the future? Divisive politics keep these points of agreement from gathering momentum. Self-sufficiency is an old fashion conservative ideal. The problem is that right-wingers think that it is the government that needs to be brought down. The left-wing recognize that it is global corporatism that needs to be brought to heel. The left-wing is also fully aware of the sorry status of our government being bought off by big corporations. In this way, contrary to divisive politics, both the left and right are anti-government. I guess it is the left that sees a bigger picture.

Posted by: qofdisks | Mar 23, 2011 12:20:47 PM

Yes, the right, helped along by both the mainstream media and the right wing echo chamber, fall for the lure of the shiny objects that are made into scapegoats instead of seeing the real enemies. I wonder how long this can last. Perhaps a very long time given the failure of Dem messaging.

Posted by: barb | Mar 23, 2011 12:53:14 PM