The Economics of Happiness

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November 3rd, 2012, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
University of Winnipeg, Room 4M31 (Manitoba Hall), 515 Portage Avenue

This film examines how economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking, worsening nearly every problem we face.

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 starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together with initiatives such as Transition Towns to rebuild more human scale, ecological economies.

Voices from six continents 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 challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world. Best in Show, Cinema Verde Film Festival.