The Economics of Happiness documentary 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.
We hear from a chorus of voices from six continents including Samdhong Rinpoche, the Prime Minister of Tibet's government in exile, Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten and Zac Goldsmith. They tell us that climate change and peak oil give us little choice: we need to localize, to bring the economy home. The good news is that as we move in this direction we will begin not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well-being. The Economics of Happiness restores our faith in humanity and challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world.
The Bainbridge Island screening will be followed by a post-film discussion lead by YES! publisher Fran Korten and YES! co-founder and board chair David Korten.
Co-sponsors include: YES! Magazine, Matinees That Matter, Sustainable Bainbridge, BI Chamber of Commerce, Sustainable Business Network, and Bainbridge Island Downtown Association.
For information on additional tour dates and locations, and to request a screening in your own city, please visit: http://www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org/other-screenings