Locanomies, locazens + locavores unite

My curiosity about global and personal happiness continues. For the curious g readers, you’ve already been introduced to my inquiries in The world has gone happy, Smile when you say that, and the happiness quest ~ overrated?

Adding to this conversation is the documentary, The Economics of Happiness.

With life becoming increasingly stressful for many people, work is encroaching – taking a front seat to family and friends – by necessity.

The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.

The documentary argues that globalization has worsened every problem we have, and that ‘going local’ is a powerful solution to repair the cracks in our world, to present a new and more balanced future.

Voices from six continents present stories based on the importance of bringing the global economy back to the local communities. Doing so, they insist, will not only heal the earth, but restore our well-being. Many places in the US have already begun to take back their towns by developing and using local currencies.

The Economics of Happiness challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world.

Is this a utopian view, or an achievable one?

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