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The Economics of Happiness: making an inner transition

This Video is from a talk given at the Economics of Happiness event organised by Initiatives of Change and Local Futures.
The session was based around the ideas of Helena Norberg-Hodge that designing an economy on a human scale can bring wealth, happiness and prosperity in an ecological way. She talked of the steps local, national and international, to getting there.

Initiatives of Change invited Stephen to share his experiences with early stages of Transition initiatives. An extended version of his slide pack is available below the video.

The slideshare pack

Banks can play an important role in driving prosperity. Making money on asset-flipping doesn’t do it.

Professor Werner calls on Universities to look more into the role of local banks and the role of banks in general in the economy.

 

In this speech from MOTALA in Sweden Professor Werner explains the problem of large banks only investing in buying and selling assets, instead of investing in the local community in productive projects that create jobs.

Water and Food Award Ceremony June 2014

Steve Bradshaw and Stephen Hinton

Steve Bradshaw and Stephen Hinton

Click on the image above to see the full broadcast of the event, to see who won and hear the panel and keynote speeches. Read More…

Simple urgent steps to alleviate world hunger

Stephen Hinton interviews her Royal Highness Princess Basma bint Ali of Jordan, Founder of the Botanical Garden in Jordan and Tina Lindgreen, Founder of the Water and Food Award about what can be done.
This interview was recorded a few weeks before the Award show in London as HRH and Tina met to prepare the event and HRH’s patronage.

The Humanitarian Water and Food Award 2014

Introduced by former BBC correspondent and sustainability journalist Steve Bradshaw along with WAF’s applications manager, Stephen Hinton, the Humanitarian Water and Food Award was streamed live from Central Hall Westminster in London on Wednesday the 18th of June. Read More…

Flexible pollutant fees explained

This short video explains the mechanism put forward by the Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation for solving pollution with financial incentives.

Case Study: Envisioning the sustainable city

porenaPLACE: Stockholm, Sweden

SITUATION:  The think tank  AVBP took on the challenge of working with the narrative of the sustainable city. Instead of seeing how we live as  being a burden on the Earth, and  dire prospects of having to give up our comforts, AVBP explored how tell the story of how we  can create great places to live sustainably.

FRAMING QUESTION: how can we create a narrative that gives us  a positive, feasible view of a sustainable future in a city? Read More…

The sustainability challenge of phosphorus

An important background briefing for all who want to understand sustainability: why the element phosphorus is one of the limiting factors in soil fertility and why we cannot rely on mined sources indefinitely.

For more information on the pollutant fee approach, developed by Höglund, see the white paper.