Helena Norberg-Hodge is a pioneer of the local economy movement. 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 ‘localization’, or decentralization, as a means of countering those impacts. Her most recent book, Local is Our Future: Steps to an Economics of Happiness has been described by author David Korten as a “must read for our time.” The Earth Journal counted Helena among the world’s “ten most interesting environmentalists.” 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’. She was awarded the prestigious Goi Peace Prize in 2012.
The Promise and Pitfalls of Localism
The fact that the language of localism is being increasingly co-opted by authoritarians around the world is itself a sign of localism’s appeal. Left uprooted and adrift by the globalized economy, people are des…
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