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Life After Progress: Technology, Community and the New Economy

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Edited by Helena Norberg-Hodge and Steven Gorelick

Local Futures

10/25/2022, paperback

SKU: 9781732980419


From a renowned pioneer of the localization movement, an anthology of essays challenging the narrative that technological progress and an increasingly globalized economy will lead us to a better world

This collection of essays has been selected from 30 years of published articles, book chapters and blog posts by the staff of Local Futures, internationally known as pioneers of the emerging localization movement. Some of these writings involve a fundamental rethinking of our most basic assumptions--about progress, poverty, and happiness--while others seek the root causes of our multiple crises, from climate change and income inequality to the erosion of democracy and the rise of authoritarianism. All of them point towards the most strategic steps we can take to confront these problems and bring a healthier, happier world into being. Several of these prescient essays were written decades ago, but they have become even more relevant today as our crises deepen, and the need for systemic change becomes more apparent.


"If you care about a future that gets our planet beyond war, pandemics, and climate catastrophes, these essays will provide an inspiring and practical roadmap." -- Michael Shuman

"A powerful collection of essays that provides hope and clarity in these confusing and overwhelming times." -- Manish Jain

About the Editors:

Helena Norberg-Hodge has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for four decades. She is the Director of the non-profit Local Futures, producer and co-director of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness, and the author of Local is Our Future and the inspirational classic, Ancient Futures. She was honored with the Right Livelihood Award (or 'Alternative Nobel Prize') for her groundbreaking work in Ladakh, India, and received the 2012 Goi Peace Prize for contributing to "the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide."

Steven Gorelick is the Managing Programs Director of Local Futures. He is the author of Small is Beautiful, Big is Subsidized, co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home, and co-director of the documentary film The Economic of Happiness.