Helena Norberg-Hodge will make the case that "going local" is the most effective way to increase efficiency, restore biodiversity and bring greater meaning and satisfaction to our lives.
Helena is a pioneer of the new economy movement. She has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for nearly forty years, which in 2012 earned her the prestigious Goi Peace prize. For her work in Ladakh, or Little Tibet, she received the Right Livelihood Award, or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’.
Helena’s seminal book, Ancient Futures, has been described as “an inspirational classic”. Together with a film of the same title, it has been translated into more than 40 languages. She is producer of the award-winning film, The Economics of Happiness, and co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home and From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture.
Helena was educated in Sweden, Germany, Austria, England and the United States, including studies at the University of London and with Noam Chomsky at MIT. She has written numerous articles and essays, lectured in seven languages and appeared in broadcast, print and online media worldwide.
Helena is the founder and director of Local Futures - International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) and The International Alliance for Localisation (IAL), and a founding member of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, the International Forum on Globalization and the Global Ecovillage Network.