Local Futures: Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis, November 8

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Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis

Including the launch of the International Alliance for Localization (IAL)

10am to 6pm, November 8, 2014

The Great Hall, The Cooper Union

New York, New York

  •  Concerned about climate change?
  • Care about stopping global conflicts?
  • Worried about financial insecurity and income inequality?
  • Want to support local food systems and local businesses?
  • Interested in the future of education? Healthcare? Endangered species?

Then join us for a day of thought-provoking and constructive talks on our multiple crises and how we can solve them. It can sometimes seem like there is no reason for hope. But there is a solution. We call it the “economics of happiness.”

In our film, The Economics of Happiness, we documented how the global economy is destroying ecosystems, cultures and any prospect of financial security. The economy also deeply affects our personal wellbeing, with rates of depression, alienation, suicide and violence on the rise. There is an alternative: localization. Rebuilding local economies is a solution multiplier—tackling our most pressing environmental, social and economic crises, while creating the conditions for increased wellbeing.

This event will celebrate the launch of the International Alliance for Localization (IAL), which aims to connect a growing network of individuals and organizations dedicated to exploring new approaches to today’s ecological, social, and economic problems – approaches that respect and protect ecological and cultural diversity while expanding international dialogue and exchange. The IAL will provide a forum for cross-cultural support and collaboration, and has the potential to be a united and powerful force for positive change, internationally.


The Coming Local Capital Revolution and the End of Wall Street: Michael Shuman
Localization and Business: Awakening the Heart of the Entrepreneur: Judy Wicks
Beyond Corporate Rule: Chris Hedges
Strategies for Self-reliance: Stacy Mitchell
Keeping Local Culture Alive in the South: Adebayo Akomolafe
Reimagining Education for Life-based Economies: Manish Jain
Keeping your Cool in a World on Fire: Catherine Ingram
Local Food, Local Economies: Scott Chaskey
Connecting with People, Connecting with the Earth: Charles Eisenstein
Commonomics: Building Strong Local Economies (A project of YES Magazine and GRITtv): Laura Flanders
The Economics of Happiness: Helena Norberg-Hodge
Climate Justice and Place-based Resilience: Elizabeth Yeampierre
With an introductory talk by Peter Buffet


General admission
Early bird (a limited number available until September 30): $100
Full price: $150

Student and low income
Early bird (a limited number available until September 30): $50
Full price: $75

Register through Brown Paper Tickets by clicking on the link at the top of the page.

To pay by check: Please make your check payable to “Local Futures” and mail to Local Futures, 2017 Mission Street, 2nd floor, San Francisco, CA 94110.

The full ticket price includes a small donation to support the running costs of starting the IAL as well as membership dues to the IAL for 2015. We ask that only people who truly cannot afford the general admission price range register at the ‘Student/low income” level.

If you are not able to afford any of the ticket prices, we are offering full and partial scholarships. We also offer group discounts. For more information and to apply, please contact us at [email protected]

If you like what we’re doing and want to support our work, we happily accept donations! You can donate by credit card at Network for Good, or send a check to Local Futures, 2017 Mission St., 2nd floor, San Francisco, CA 94110. For any donation over $500, we will issue you with one free ticket to the symposium. And lots of gratitude! Please write “EOH-NYC” in the memo line of your check or in the “Designation” line in Network for Good.