Movie showing: The Economics of Happiness

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Economics of Happiness
March 23 - Madison, Wisconsin
When: 7:00 pm, Wednesday, March 23

Where: Humanities Bldg (corner of Park St. & University Ave.), Room 3650, UW, Madison WI

Sponsored by: Business, Environment, and Social Responsibility Program, Wisconsin School of Business, UW Madison.

Co-sponsored by: Dane Buy Local, Fitchburg Fields, Slow Money Wisconsin, Sustain Dane, Transition Towns Madison.

From the movie's Web site:

The Economics of Happiness 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.