Press coverage of Helena's work in English and non-English media. You’ll find articles, interviews, podcasts, videos, and more...

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.)
Historic interview with Helena Norberg-Hodge from 1986 in Ladakh, India

Historic interview with Helena Norberg-Hodge from 1986 in Ladakh, India

In this historic interview from June 1986, we hear from the young linguist, Helena Norberg-Hodge, about her encounter with Ladakh (also known as "Little Tibet") and her work in the region, exploring sustainable and culturally appropriate alternatives to conventional development. The interview took place in Ladakh and was conducted by Barrie Machin, ethnographic author and film maker. Helena Norberg-Hodge visited Ladakh for the first time in 1975, just after the area has been opened up to the outside world. She becomes fluent in Ladakhi and moves onto founding the Ladakh Ecological Development Group (LEDeG) in collaboration with local elders. In 1986, Helena Norberg-Hodge starts writing her classical masterpiece "Ancient Futures - Learning from Ladakh" and later produces a documentary video of the same name. The book and video have been translated to over 40 languages. See the Ancient Futures video here for free: Helena is the founder and director of the International NGO Local Futures. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Right Livelihood Award (aka the “Alternative Nobel Prize”), the Arthur Morgan Award and the Goi Peace Prize for contributing to “the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.” More about Helena: More about Helena's work in Ladakh:


Supply Chain Failures Prove Growing Need for Localized Economies  Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick and Henry Coleman, Truthout, May 22, 2022.

‘Globalization explained by economist Helena Norberg-Hodge’ • Fiorella Carollo, Pressenza, International Press Agency, July 8, 2021  

Localisation Debate •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, The Echo, June 25, 2021

Pat McCabe is a Voice for Peace • Helena Norberg-Hodge, Dumbo Feather, June 22, 2021

A Hands Up Poll •  Helena Norberg-Hodge and John Page, The Echo, May 14, 2021

Johann Hari Makes Connections • Helena Norberg-Hodge, Dumbo Feather, December 14, 2020

Strengthening the Beginnings of a Real Local Food Movement •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, The Echo, December 29, 2020

What Indigenous Wisdom Can Teach Us About Economics • Helena Norberg-Hodge, Kosmos Journal, August 3, 2020

Postscript to ‘What’s for Dinner?’ •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, Rural Jersey Country Life Magazine, July 2020

Mika Tsutsumi Creates Local Pathways • Interview by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Dumbo Feather, June 23rd, 2020

The Power of Going Local •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, Dumbo Feather, June 4, 2020

Resist Globally, Renew Locally •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, Local Futures blog, September 24, 2019

Community, connection and localism •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, The Ecologist, August 19, 2019

Resist Locally, Renew Globally • Contribution to GTI Forum Think Globally, Act Locally?, Helena Norberg-Hodge , August 2019

Local is Our Future •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, Local Futures blog, July 18, 2019

Localisation: The Pathway to Human Connection •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, Watkins Mind Body Spirit Magazine, June 27th, 2019

Close to Home: ‘Why Local Food is the Future’ •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, Positive News, June 25 2019

Big Picture Activism Challenges Economic Growth •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, The Echo, January 31, 2019

Buddhism in the Global Economy •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, from The Fall 2005 issue of Inquiring Mind, January 29, 2019

Local heroes • Helena Norberg-Hodge outlines how localising economic activity could halt ecological breakdown, Transform IEMA, December 14h, 2018

Unlike a Globalized Food System, Local Food Won’t Destroy the Environment •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, TruthOut, December 1st, 2018

To Leave or Remain: Dichotomy or Distraction? •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, Local Futures, October 10, 2018

A Strategic Solution to Globalised Authoritarianism •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, The Echo, May 22, 2018

Localization: a Strategic Alternative to Globalized Authoritarianism •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, Local Futures blog, May 12, 2018

Contribution to GTI Roundtable Vivir Bien •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, February 2018

Review of From Global to Local, the Making of Things and the End of Globalization •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, Resurgence Issue 306 • January/February 2018  

Book Review: From Global to Local – the Making of Things and the End of Globalization •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, Local Futures blog, November 2, 2017

Is the current globalised economic model compatible with solving climate change? •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, UNA-UK Climate 2020, September 18, 2017

Trump Trauma •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, Local Futures blog, April 4, 2017

Local Economies: Tipping the Scale • Helena Norberg-Hodge, Resurgence Issue 299, November/December 2016

Britain And The EU: Beyond The False Dichotomy Huffington Post, July 8, 2016

Why Global Capital Fears ‘Brexit’ •  Helena Norberg-Hodge, Local Futures blog, June 13, 2016

The Challenges Ahead • Helena Norberg-Hodge, Resurgence Issue 296, May/June 2016 (Resurgence 50)

A New Call for Resistance and Renewal • Helena Norberg-Hodge, Resurgence Issue 291, July/August 2015

Strengthening Local Economies: The Path to Peace? • Tikkun Magazine, July 29, 2015

Conversations & Interviews

Globalization vs Localization  Dave and Steve, The Happy Pear Podcast, June, 2022.

World Localization Day for ‘Crisis-Ridden’ Global System  Catherine Early, The Ecologist, April 27, 2022.

“Localization” Can Help Free the Planet From Neoliberal Globalization • an interview with Helena Norberg-Hodge, Truthout, January 2, 2022. (Also published by Znet and by The Rozenberg Quarterly).

How Greed has Skewed Reality •  Marc Buckley, Inside Ideas, September 21, 2021.

On Radical Cultural Change • Helena Norberg-Hodge, by William Powers, Earth Island Journal, Spring 2020

Going Local: Hope in a time of Crisis - Interview with Helena Norberg-Hodge The Echo, February 25, 2020

Interview with Helena Norberg-Hodge The Echo, February 14, 2020

To Heal the Planet We Must First Heal Ourselves •  Ella Liascos, Gobe Magazine, December 2019

Why Local is Beautiful • Mandy Nolan, Echo Netdaily, November 19th, 2019