The economics of happiness

| December 3, 2011

Title: The economics of happiness

A film by: Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick, & John Page

Written and directed by: Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick & John Page

Produced by: Helena Norberg-Hodge

Call Number: HD82 .N67 2011

About the film:

“The Economics of Happiness 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 film shows how globalization breeds cultural self-rejection, competition and divisiveness; how it structurally promotes the growth of slums and urban sprawl; how it is decimating democracy. We learn about the obscene waste that results from trade for the sake of trade: apples sent from the UK to South Africa to be washed and waxed, then shipped back to British supermarkets; tuna caught off the coast of America, flown to Japan to be processed, then flown back to the US.” …

” The second half of The Economics of Happiness provides not only inspiration, but practical solutions.”

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