Dialogue between North and South: the economics of localization

helena latest croppedISEC organised an Economics of Happiness Conference in Bangalore, India on the 15th of March.  It followed two pre-conference screenings of The Economics of Happiness, both in Bangalore on March 2 and March 7.

The video 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, people around the world are resisting those policies – 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”.

Amongst the other confirmed speakers we noted Helena Norberg-Hodge (above: author of Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh & co-founder of ISEC), Claude Alvares (who published some of Winin Pereira’s books), Charles Eisenstein (American philosopher), Ashish Kothari (Kalpavriksh), Rajagopal P.V.(Ekta Parishad), and Devinder Sharma (analyst). New to the  writer were Bayo Akomolafe (Nigeria), Camila Moreno (Brazil), Yoji Kamata (Japan), Aseem Shrivastava (India), Keibo Oiwa (Japan), Gloria Germani (Italy), Manish Jain (India) and Samdhong Rinpoche (Tibet).

Approximately 100 people from all walks of life participated in closed meetings, including community and religious leaders, environmental activists, journalists, researchers, ecologists, permaculturalists, economists, doctors, filmmakers, writers, small farmers, small business owners, and more. They represented over 50 different groups and organizations that focus on issues ranging from food and agriculture to social and environmental justice, from alternative education and non-violence to climate and energy.

By bringing together representatives from a broad range of grassroots initiatives from India and abroad, ISEC aimed to deepen the dialogue between North and South, and contribute to a broad people’s movement, in favor of developing localized sustainable alternatives to corporate globalization both in India and beyond.

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