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Transcript: Helena Norberg-Hodge on The Economics of Happiness at TEDxEQCHCH conference

Helena Norberg-Hodge

Helena Norberg-Hodge is founder and director of Local Futures, previously known as the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC). Here is the full transcript of Helena’s TEDx Talk titled ‘The Economics of Happiness’ at TEDxEQCHCH conference.

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TRANSCRIPT: 

I am very happy to come after Christie Walk because what I have to say is very similar. As we all know, everything from global warming to the global financial crisis is telling us that we need a fundamental change in society. And I am going to be arguing that for all of us around the world, the highest priority, the most urgent issue is fundamental change to the economy. And from my point of view, the change that we need to make is shifting away from globalizing to localizing economic activity.

Localization is a solution multiplier that offers a systemic, far-reaching alternative to corporate capitalism, as well as communism. It’s a way of dramatically reducing CO2 emissions, energy consumption of all kind, and waste. At the same time, as adapting economic activity, localizing economic activity, can restore biodiversity as well as cultural diversity. It’s a way of creating meaningful and secure jobs for the entire global population, and perhaps the most important of all, because it is about rebuilding the fabric of connection, the fabric of community between people, and between people and their local environment: it’s the economics of happiness.

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