HELENA NORBERG-HODGE ON “LOCALIZATION AND DIVERSITY: ADDRESSING THE ROOTS OF ETHNIC, RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS CONFLICT”

It sometimes seems that racial, religious and ethnic intolerance are part of the human condition. But Helena Norberg-Hodge’s experiences over the past 40 years in ‘Little Tibet’ – where centuries of harmony between Buddhists and Muslims devolved into violent conflict almost immediately after exposure to the global economy – provide a very different explanation. Helena will not only focus on the root causes of conflict and violence, but on how the localization movement can set us on the path towards a more harmonious world.

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Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of Local Futures, a pioneering organization dedicated to the renewal of community, ecological health and local economies worldwide. Norberg-Hodge is also an author of Ancient Futures (1991), a book about tradition and change in the Himalayan region of Ladakh. She is also the co-director of the award-winning documentary, The Economics of Happiness (2011), which makes the case for a systemic shift from global to local. Local Futures is now synonymous with the Economics of Happiness. An outspoken critic of economic globalization, she is a co-founder of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG), along with Jerry Mander, Doug Tompkins, Vandana Shiva, Martin Khor, and others. She is the winner of the Right-Livlihood Award (widely known as the alternative nobel peace prize) and the Goa Peace Prize.