The Economics of Happiness: preparing for a transition

These Videos are from talks given at the “The Economics of Happiness: Creating a More Equitable World” event organised by Initiatives of Change and Local Futures.
The session was based around the ideas of Helena Norberg-Hodge that designing an economy on a human scale can bring wealth, happiness and prosperity in an ecological way. She talked of the steps local, national and international, to getting there. Continue reading

Addressing Inner Transition


Photo: Maj-Lis Koivisto

Inner transition represents the spiritual and mental side of the necessary technical move from fossil fuels (partly motivated by the climate threat) to a more planet and people-friendly lifestyle. The change is often framed as meaning we need to give things up, make do with less, face harder times etc. Because of this, change to sustainability and promotion of peace that comes with sustainability, meet resistance.

We need to better understand the emotional response to these changes as well as the context in which we are trying to operate. This is one of the aims of Inner Transition.

Stephen Hinton recently gave a short introduction to Inner Transition at a garden workshop in Sweden.

Read the account of Stephen’s workshop here.
Read Transition Town co-founder Rob Hopkins’ view of inner transition.

Upcoming: Workshop on Investing in Peace in Switzerland

From Earth stewardship comes food security. And food security is one important foundation for peace. With peace comes prosperity and with prosperity business opportunities abound.

Surely our best investments are those that lay these foundations for peace?
This workshop explores how the business of business can evolve towards Earth stewardship to enable peace and how we can invest in new ways.

The workshop is part of the annual Caux Dialogue on Land and Security (2013, 2014, 2015) which seeks to connect experts and practitioners across disciplines (‘horizontal’) and hierarchies (‘vertical’) to create a shared understanding and vision for sustainable peace in the world’s drylands and degraded ecosystems, and to build the trust needed for effective collaboration on the ground and in ‘land-peace partnerships’. This can only be achieved with an inclusive, multi-stakeholder approach, including such diverse actors as business, political leadership, foreign donors, the development and security communities and the people of the drylands themselves. Not least, different religious groups need to peacefully work together. Creating a joint vision with all stakeholders encourages each school of thought, specialisation and hierarchy to contribute their best to a solution.

Read more on the Lives Land and Peace website.