Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis

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8 November, 2014

Concerned about climate change?
Care about stopping global conflicts?

Worried about financial insecurity and income inequality?
Want to support local food systems and local businesses?
Interested in the future of education? Healthcare? Endangered species?

Then join us for a day of thought-provoking and constructive talks on our multiple crises and how we can solve them. It can sometimes seem like there is no reason for hope. But there is a solution. We call it the "economics of happiness."

In our film, The Economics of Happiness, we documented how the global economy is destroying ecosystems, cultures and any prospect of financial security. The economy also deeply affects our personal wellbeing, with rates of depression, alienation, suicide and violence on the rise. There is an alternative: localization. Rebuilding local economies is a solution multiplier—tackling our most pressing environmental, social and economic crises, while creating the conditions for increased wellbeing.

This event will celebrate the launch of the International Alliance for Localization (IAL), which aims to connect a growing network of individuals and organizations dedicated to exploring new approaches to today's ecological, social, and economic problems – approaches that respect and protect ecological and cultural diversity while expanding international dialogue and exchange. The IAL will provide a forum for cross-cultural support and collaboration, and has the potential to be a united and powerful force for positive change, internationally.

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  • The Coming Local Capital Revolution and the End of Wall Street: Michael Shuman
  • Localization and Business: Awakening the Heart of the Entrepreneur: Judy Wicks
  • Driving American Politics Underground: Chris Hedges
  • Keeping Local Culture Alive in the South: Adebayo Akomolafe
  • Reimagining Education for Life-based Economies: Manish Jain
  • Keeping your Cool in a World on Fire: Catherine Ingram
  • Local Food, Local Economies: Scott Chaskey
  • Connecting with People, Connecting with the Earth: Charles Eisenstein
  • Commonomics: Building Strong Local Economies (A project of YES Magazine and GRITtv): Laura Flanders
  • The Economics of Happiness: Helena Norberg-Hodge
  • Climate Justice and Place-based Resilience: Elizabeth Yeampierre
The Economics of Happiness
New York City  New York
United States