Being Local: A key to Sustainability, Equity and Happiness

Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of Local Futures, an organization dedicated to the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide. Helena is the author of the international best-selling book Ancient Futures (1991), about tradition and change in the Himalayan region of Ladakh. This book was translated to Malayalam by A Ramamurthy and published by Insight Publica. She is also the author of Local is Our Future (2019). An outspoken critic of economic globalization, she co-founded the International Forum on Globalization (IFG) in 1994. She is a leading proponent of localization as an antidote to the problems arising from globalization and founded the International Alliance for Localization (IAL) in 2014. Helena produced and co-directed the award-winning documentary film ‘The Economics of Happiness’ (2011), which lays out her arguments against economic globalization. In 1986, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for preserving the traditional culture and values of Ladakh against the onslaught of tourism and development. In an interview with Keraleeyam she shared her views on localization as a means to deal with the climate crisis and growing inequality.

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August 15, 2022 1:12 pm