The Economics of Happiness is a documentary on the effects of our current economic structure that highlights the environmental and social impacts such a system has had on our society. The documentary showcases the worldwide movement of transitioning our current global economic system into a more locally based economic structure. It is produced by the International Society for Ecology & Culture (ISEC) and directed by renowned environmentalist Helena Norberg-Hodge.
The film argues that the current economic paradigm has negatively affected our quality of life by degrading ecosystems, creating financial instability and afflicting loneliness and depression on to individuals. The solutions the film presents highlights the importance of connectivity, sustainability and above all else, an indicator of happiness that does not rely on monetary wealth.
The Economy of Happiness finds poignant examples from all across the world – such as the urban gardens in Detroit, the Transition Town movements in England, cultural preservation in Peru and many more. The film unearths a series of uncomfortable truths about today's society but provides practical policy initiatives and everyday solutions that can overcome the issues globalisation has caused.
The documentary is screening for one night only on Sunday 1st May, 6pm at the Darebin Arts Centre. Book your tickets by calling the venue on (03) 8470 8280. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for concession.
Wonderful. I do believe a wellbeing measure is a good measure to be had. GDP etc can reflect wealth of few as wealth of many and can be presented any way the govt wants it to be.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer Saturday, 30th of April @ 01:04 pm
Thanks for the comment. I agree. GDP is fundamentally not a measure of wellbeing or happiness in a society. For example, natural disasters like our recent QLD floods actually have a positive impact on GDP because it generates consumption of resources to rebuild etc. However, the destruction and suffering such events cause is not valued.
"The film argues that the current economic paradigm has negatively affected our quality of life by degrading ecosystems, creating financial instability and afflicting loneliness and depression on to individuals. "