With Helena Norberg-Hodge, Stephan Harding & Satish Kumar
What would the world look like if humans lived harmoniously with nature rather than creating environmental mayhem? An important pathway for achieving this is to create an economic system which enhances both human and ecological wellbeing. Drawing inspiration from Gandhi, Schumacher and the fundamental laws of Gaia, this course will explore urgently needed alternatives to business-as-usual economics. Our focus will be on the power of economic localisation, a solution multiplier which restores the fabric of community, while simultaneously reducing CO2 emissions, unemployment and the gap between rich and poor.
You will join an in-depth exploration of the steps involved in moving toward integrated, human-scale economic structures in which deeply personal, heartfelt relationships matter most of all. Envisioning a shift from global to local entails grappling with a number of difficult questions: Just how localised should we strive to be? What strategies can be employed to overcome the entrenched power of big business, big banks, and big government? What is the role of technology in a localised economy? How do we start from where we are? We’ll discuss these topics and more.
Together, we’ll address the shifts needed at both policy and grassroots levels. We’ll honour the wisdom and practical knowledge of indigenous cultures and envision a society based on the proven principles of connection and community. We’ll learn from the kaleidoscope of people-powered movements around the world—a source of real hope for the future which has been almost completely ignored by the mainstream media.
Our approach will be very broad and holistic and we will consider a range of themes from perspectives of both the global North and South, including:
• How to measure real progress
• Putting food and farming at the center of the local economy
• Reducing energy use while creating meaningful jobs
• Tackling climate change through localising trade
• The balance between urban and rural
• The spiritual and psychological benefits of connecting to nature and community
• Healthcare in a life-based economy
• Resolving the roots of racial, ethnic and religious conflict
• Restoring democracy through localisation
This course will give you a global perspective on localisation and equip you with practical strategies for fostering and supporting genuine social, ecological, and economic renewal, wherever you may be.
Fee: £ 795.00
NOTE: Course fees include all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon, and includes four nights private accommodation and all vegetarian meals from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure. We recommend attending this course as a fully residential participant however for you may choose to book as a non-residential participant. Please call +44 (0)1803 847237 for more details.