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The Economics of Happiness

Vancouver Film Premiere

6:30pm Thursday March 3rd at W2 Storyeum 152 West Cordova

Please join us for a screening of “The Economics of Happiness”, a 1 hour documentary about the worldwide movement for economic localization. Film will be preceded by two speakers active in the relocalization movement.

“The Economics of Happiness”.


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The Economic of Happiness features a chorus of voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change. The documentart 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 rebuild more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – a economics of localization.

Hosted by: Simon Fraser University Certificate Program for Community Economic Development (

Speakers include Sean Markey (Center for Sustainable Community Development) and Melanie Conn (DEVCO).

Admission is by donation at the door – no one is turned away fro lack of funds; first come, first seated.

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“Helena Norberg – Hodge delievers a powerful message about globalization: It is the small, local economies around the world that are preserving traditions, cultures, and communities and ultimately safeguarding our happiness.” – Alice Waters, chef, author and proprietor of Chez Panisse

“It is good news indeed to find so persuasive an explanation of our ailing world as “The Economics of Happiness”. This film connects the dots between climate chaos, economic meltdown and our own personal suffering – stress, loneliness and depression.  It presents the localization movement as a systemic alternative to corporate globalization, as well as a strategy that brings community and meaning to our lives” – Joanna Macy, author of World as Love, World as Self

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