Going Local: Hope in Time of Crisis with Helena Norberg-Hodge
May 15, 2020
The global COVID-19 pandemic has triggered widespread systems collapse. While the trauma effects of death, loss and economic hardship will be felt the world over, within the crisis there is also an opportunity for each of us to reassess our values, spark latent creativity, and inspire a new vision to rebuild systems far more sustainable, equitable and effective for future generations.
This free lecture series brings together dynamic visionaries working at the intersection of economics, ecology and spirituality to teach us about basic economic principles, the limitations of the current economic system now on life support, alternative economic insights and practices based on sacred wisdom cultures and beyond, and practical steps we can each take to participate in and hasten the transition towards, a new, spiritually oriented economic paradigm.
Inspired by decades of work in the ancient Buddhist culture of Ladakh, Helena Norberg-Hodge and her organisation, Local Futures, have been promoting an economic shift from global to local since the 1980s. In this talk, she will spell out how the seemingly endless series of crises we face - from climate change and pandemics, to poverty and epidemics of depression - are connected. They are either caused or exacerbated by our global economic system, and strengthening local and regional economies worldwide is the systemic antidote. Helena will describe how rebuilding our connections to one another and to the natural world can restore ecological health, rebuild secure livelihoods, and nurture peace and deeper human contentment.