Helena Norberg-Hodge & Jason Hickel | Economics of Happiness: Post-Growth, Localisation & Wellbeing

Helena Norberg-Hodge & Jason Hickel

1-3-5 Flitcroft St, London WC2H 8DH | Wednesday 20th June, 2018 7pm-10pm

Artwork by Lea Marcaccini, http://makingartandbreakinghearts.com/

Artwork by Lea Marcaccini, http://makingartandbreakinghearts.com/

Join us for our very special final event of the series with HELENA NORBERG HODGE, the groundbreaking activist and pioneer of the local economy movement, and JASON HICKEL, anthropologist, author and spokesperson on global inequality, post-development, and ecological economics.

Join us and dig deeply into the growing worldwide movement for degrowth and economic localisation. With two legendary pioneers, Jason Hickel and Helena Norberg-Hodge, you’ll come to understand the situation our economic system has put us in, and mobilise yourself to take a stand against current economic thinking.

Helena Norberg-Hodge, Local Futures
• The Economics of Happiness •

Helena will describe the emerging localisation movement - the greatest sign of hope today. In city and country, people are demonstrating a path to reweave the community fabric, restore secure livelihoods, biodiversity and genuine productivity, while reducing pollution. She will highlight the steps needed to turn this grassroots movement into policy.

Jason Hickel, The Guardian & LSE
• Economics in an Age of Climate Breakdown •

Virtually every government on Earth has economic growth as its primary objective. Politicians rise and fall on their ability to deliver growth at all costs. But in a world of ecological breakdown, this approach is becoming dangerous and untenable. Scientists tell us our only option for surviving the Anthropocene is for high-consuming rich nations to scale down their economic activity. What does this look like? How do we get there? Can we maintain and even improve human well-being in a post-growth economy?  

Helena Norberg-Hodge


Helena Norberg-Hodge is a pioneer of the local economy movement. Through writing and public lectures, she has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for four decades. She is a widely respected analyst of the impact of the global economy and international development on local communities, local economies, and personal identity, and is a leading proponent of ‘localisation’, or decentralisation, as a means of countering those impacts. For this work she was awarded the prestigious Goi Peace prize in 2012 and Arthur Morgan award in 2017.

Since 1975, she has worked with the people of Ladakh, or “Little Tibet”, to find ways of enabling their culture to meet the modern world without sacrificing social and ecological values. For these efforts she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’.

Helena’s seminal book, Ancient Futures has been described as “an inspirational classic,” offering guidelines for a better future. Together with the film of the same title, it has been translated into more than 40 languages, and sold about half a million copies. She is also the producer and co-director of the award-winning film, The Economics of Happiness. Helena has written numerous articles, essays, and book chapters, and is the co-author of two groundbreaking books on food and farming: Bringing the Food Economy Home and From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture.

Helena has lectured at numerous universities including Oxford, Harvard, Melbourne, Tokyo, Stockholm, Munich and Berkeley, and taught regularly at Schumacher College. She appeared in media worldwide, including MSNBC, The London Times, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Guardian.

Helena is the founder/director of Local Futures and The International Alliance for Localization (IAL).  She is also a founding member of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, the International Forum on Globalization and the Global Ecovillage Network.

Read more: www.localfutures.org

Jason Hickel

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Dr. Jason Hickel is an anthropologist, author, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  He has taught at the London School of Economics, the University of Virginia, and Goldsmiths, University of London, where he convenes the MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics.  He serves on the Labour Party task force on international development, works as Policy Director for /The Rulescollective, sits on the Executive Board of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) and recently joined the International Editorial Advisory Board of Third World Quarterly.

Jason's research focuses on global inequality, political economy, post-development, and ecological economics.  His most recent book, The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, was published by Penguin Random House in 2017.  Jason's  ethnographic work focuses on migrant labour and politics in South Africa, which is the subject of his first book, Democracy as Death: The Moral Order of Anti-Liberal Politics in South Africa (University of California Press, 2015), as well as the co-edited volume Ekhaya: The Politics of Home in KwaZulu-Natal (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2014).

In addition to his academic work, Jason writes a column for The Guardian and contributes to a number of other online outlets, with bylines in Al Jazeera, Foreign PolicyFast Company, JacobinProspectLe Monde Diplomatique, Red Pepper, Truthout, and Monthly Review.  His media appearances include Viewsnight, the Financial Times, the BBC World Service, Business Matters, Thinking Allowed, Renegade TV, NPR, TRT World, the LA Times, and Russell Brand's podcast Under the Skin.

Jason has received a number of teaching awards, including the ASA/HEA National Award for Excellence in Teaching Anthropology, and his ethnographic research has been funded by Fulbright-Hays, the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, and the Leverhulme Trust.