Economics of Happiness: Money, De-Growth & Wellbeing

1-3-5 Flitcroft St, London WC2H 8DH | Tuesday 19th June, 7pm-10pm


An exploration of the growing worldwide movement for de-growth and economic localisation with Jason Hickel and Helena Norberg-Hodge.

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.

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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.