Network news from Helena Norberg-Hodge

People from more than twelve different countries gathered in Berkeley, California for The Economics of Happiness conference in February.

Hosted by ISEC, the event brought together two dozen of the foremost thinkers and activists in the worldwide localization movement including Annie Leonard, Richard Heinberg, Sulak Sivaraksa, Manish Jain, Michael Shuman, Joanna Macy, Judy Wicks, and Charles Eisenstein. While many participants came from the San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of California, quite a few came from much farther away, including Mexico, Egypt, Canada, England, Australia, Russia, India and Kyrgyzstan. The participants also represented a diversity of ages and backgrounds. Subsidized ticket rates allowed a number of students, unemployed and low-income participants to attend.

The feedback received from participants has been overwhelmingly positive. Video and audio recordings of the plenary sessions are being prepared and will be posted on the website and vimeo channel.

Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigme Y. Thinley invited Helena to attend a UN Conference in New York on Happiness and Well-Being at which the Prime Minister of Bhutan showcased his country’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) index.

A list of the “The Top 100 Documentaries Inspiring the Shift to a Sustainable Paradigm”, compiled by, placed The Corporation first, The Future of Food second and The Economics of Happiness, third.


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