Helena Norberg-Hodge, who trained as a linguist and later studied with Noam Chomsky, is the author of best-seller, Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh. She kick-started the local food movement in this country by establishing the Food Links programme which was then taken on by the Soil Association. She also helped to set up farmers’ markets in Europe, North America and Australia.
With Steven Gorelick and other colleagues, Helena and John Page founded the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) which promotes locally based alternatives to the global consumer culture by writing, filming and practical action. Helena has sent news about a forthcoming film, the Economics of Happiness: www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org.”
- Embercombe residential course, go to: http://embercombe.org/explore-our-programmes/personal-development/the-economics-of-happiness/
- Schumacher course, go to: https://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/courses/short-courses/local-economies
International Alliance for Localization (IAL) has been set up – a new cross-cultural network of groups and individuals focused on resistance, renewal, and radically new visions of development and progress.
In less than two months, individuals from 28 different countries have joined. These include farmers, teachers, builders, community organizers, environmental stewards, peace activists, homesteaders, students, health workers, business consultants, writers, engineers, artists, radio producers, researchers, and more.
Among these are:
Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (India);
Digo Bikas Institute (Nepal);
Localize West Midlands (UK);
The Sustainability Institute and Greyton Transition Town (South Africa);
Noakhali Rural Development Society (Bangladesh);
Centre for Global Justice (Mexico/USA);
Gaia Education (UK);
Holy Cross International Justice Office (USA);
Small Farm Training Center (USA), and many more.
This broad-based interest in the IAL shows that people worldwide are beginning to recognize that localization is a viable strategy for positive change on a global level.