By Helena Norberg-Hodge

Local Is Our Future; Steps to an Economics of Happiness
Editions:Paperback: € 12.99 EUR
ISBN: 9781732980402
Pages: 128

From a renowned pioneer of the anti-globalization movement, a primer on working towards a localized world

From disappearing livelihoods to financial instability, from climate chaos to an epidemic of depression, we face crises on a number of seemingly unrelated fronts.  This well-referenced book traces the common roots of these problems in a globalized economy that is incompatible with life on a finite planet. But Local is Our Future does more than just describe the problem: it describes the policy shifts and grassroots steps – many of them already underway around the world – that can move us towards the local and, thereby, towards a better world.

About Helena Norberg-Hodge

Helena Norberg-HodgeA pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement, Helena Norberg-Hodge has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for four decades. She is the Director of the non-profit Local Futures, producer and co-director of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness, and the author of the inspirational classic, Ancient Futures. She was honored 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.”

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Reviews:Rick Hood on blog of a natural grocery store wrote:

"I've just finished reading an excellent book, Local is our Future by Helena Norberg-Hodge. Philosophically I connect to this book because of its premise that localization is a logical reaction to the economic globalization that characterizes contemporary life. This relates to all aspects of food economies. She explains that it is the economy and specifically the globalized economy that causes the income equality, climate change, and environmental degradation that the world is experiencing. It's insane that world leaders and economists continue looking to economic growth with its "trickle down" benefits as the solution. The direction often only works for a select few. The reality is that the majority of the population must work harder and faster just to provide their families with shelter, education, and medical care. Localization is a process of economic decentralization that enables communities, regions, and nations to take more control of their own affairs. Helena describes in detail what others have said how food localization shortens the distance between producers and consumers striking a healthier balance between local and global markets. But additionally she explains how trade policies over the last 30 years have unleashed unregulated capital formation held by the largest corporations and banks to expand gaining more and more financial and political power. Large food distributors, grocery chains, and now tech giants with the help of large banks grow bigger and stronger constantly squeezing out smaller local players in their way. This phenomenon results in huge loss of community and even greater human isolation. She explains that direct farm subsidies in most countries favor large scale industrial agribusiness (more on this in my next blog) and how governments have to shift gears and support smaller local farms and vendors. Her chapter on local food further argues that instead of monoculture we should encourage biodiversity for the good of our planet. It's healthier for farmers, their workers, and consumers. The book ends with a transcript of a recent interview conversation between Helena and the farmer/writer Wendell Berry. Although the book is short and easy to read, it's inspiring and educational."


Table of Contents of Local Is Our Future

  1. Reclaiming the Future
  2. Globalization - Creating a Lose-Lose World
  3. Counting the Costs
  4. The Rise of Extremism
  5. Localization - Getting from Here to There
  6. Grassroots Inspiration
  7. Local Food for Our Future
  8. Countering the Objections
  9. Globalization Revisited
  10. Rethinking the Past
  11. Big Picture Activism
  12. The Economics of Happiness