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Helena Norberg-Hodge - founder of Local Futures


A pioneer of the new economy movement

Helena is an author and film-maker. She is the founding director of Local Futures, which is committed to the revitalisation of cultural and biological diversity and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.


"Localization is the way to repair our fractured world,

our ecosystems and ourselves"

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Local Futures is an international non-profit organization dedicated to renewing ecological, social and spiritual wellbeing by strengthening communities and local economies worldwide. It raises awareness about the root causes of our multiple crises, while promoting policy change and grassroots strategies for “the economics of happiness”, or localisation. 

Local Futures are convenors of World Localization Day, creators of a Localisation Action Guide and founders of the International Alliance for Localisation. 

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Writing & Films 

Helena is the author of several books, including the international best-seller ‘Ancient Futures’, a moving portrait of tradition and change in Ladakh, or “Little Tibet,”.

"Everyone who cares about the future of this planet and their children's future should read this book." - The Guardian

Her most recent book ‘Local is Our Future: Steps to an Economics of Happiness’ connects the dots between our social, economic, ecological and spiritual crises revealing how a systemic shift from global to local can address these seemingly disparate problems simultaneously.

Helena is also the producer of the award-winning film ‘The Economics of Happiness’.  

Local is Our Future by Helena Norberg-Hodge
The Economics of Happiness film by Local Futures
Ancient Futures by Helena Norberg-Hodge

“Ancient Futures was a critical early warning about the social, spiritual and ecological costs of exporting ‘Western’ lifestyles to every corner of the globe.” - Naomi Klein 

“This film connects the dots between climate chaos, economic meltdown, and our own personal suffering." - Joanna Macy

Writing & Films


Watch conversations, presentations, plus interviews by Helena with some of the world’s most influential thought leaders, philosophers and activists.

TEDxEQCHCH - Helena Norberg-Hodge - The Economics of Happiness

TEDxEQCHCH - Helena Norberg-Hodge - The Economics of Happiness

Part of the process of re-imaging Christchurch is taking a look at our place in the world, and in particular the rapid cultural shifts we've seen in the short existence of the city that urbanisation and the shift in economics have driven. One presenter who can help inform us about these issues is Helena Norberg-Hodge. Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) and its predecessor, the Ladakh Project. She is the author of Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh and co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home. Her articles have appeared in numerous journals such as The Ecologist, Resurgence, and YES! magazine. Norberg- Hodge's ground-breaking work in the Himalayan region of Ladakh is internationally recognized, and earned her the Right Livelihood Award. A particular focus of Norberg-Hodge's is the impact of the global economy on culture and agriculture and in particular the root causes of our social and environmental crises. She is on the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, launched with the support of the government of Tuscany. She is also a member of the editorial board of The Ecologist magazine and a co-founder of the International Forum on Globalisation and the Global Eco-village Network. TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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