The Economics of Happiness

by New Dream   |   May 9, 2011

Ladakh Girls

"If we can embrace the challenge, if we can engage our creative brilliance...the future with less oil could be preferable than the present with lots of oil."

--Rob Hopkins, founder of Transition Towns, quoted in the documentary The Economics of Happiness.

'Going local' is a powerful strategy to help repair our fractured world – our ecosystems, our societies, and our selves. Far from the old institutions of power, people are starting to forge a very different future...

This 2011 film documents how communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm—an economics of localization.

Produced by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick, and John Page, and featuring: Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Michael Shuman, Juliet Schor, Richard Heinberg, Rob Hopkins, Andrew Simms, Zac Goldsmith, and Samdhong Rinpoche.

Watch the trailer.