Creating a better economic future: The Economics of Happiness

Economic localization is the key to sustaining biological and cultural diversity – to sustaining life itself.  The sooner we shift towards the local, the sooner we will begin healing our planet, our communities, and ourselves.” – Helena Norberg-Hodge, director and producer of The Economics of Happiness film.

The Economics of Happiness conference will bring together some of the most respected thinkers and activists in the worldwide localization movement.  This ground-breaking three-day event will be held March 23 to 25 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California.

Speakers include Annie Leonard, Charles Eisenstein, Joanna Macy, Sulak Sivaraksa, Richard Heinberg, Anuradha Mittal, Michael Shuman, Stacy Mitchell, Megan Quinn Bachman, Judy Wicks, Gustavo Esteva, Manish Jain, Helena Norberg-Hodge, and Ryan Howell.

Hosted by the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC), the conference seeks to provide clarity on the way forward — towards more truly sustainable ways of living. It will cover a range of interconnected topics, including public policy choices; local initiatives in food, energy, education, business and banking; the need to bridge the North-South divide; and the influence of the economy on our psychological well-being.

Here at BeyondThePurchase.Org we are researching people’s happiness with their neighborhood. We want to determine which physical and social qualities are important to individuals and how satisfied they are with these qualities. From this, we will learn how well different needs are being met in communities. We also want to determine who is attached to their community and which communities tend to have higher life satisfaction. To help us understand what is important to a neighborhood, please Login or Register with BeyondThePurchase and then click here take our quality of place survey.

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