Power of Community Summit

Feb 1-10, 2019

Helena Norberg-Hodge

Linguist, Author, Filmmaker, Founder of the Localisation movement
Helena Norberg-Hodge

Helena Norberg-Hodge takes us to Ladakh where her incredible engagement with traditional communities started decades ago, and she describes how she experienced the breakdown of traditional support networks, and how this has sparked her passion to advocate for interconnection and a richer life. She touches on the core aspects of the global neoliberal economic system, the drivers of climate change, and inspires us to restore localisation.

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  • Introduction
  • The drive for engaging with communities
  • Traditional support networks and their breakdown
  • Interconnection and a richer life
  • Core aspects of the global neoliberal economic system
  • Challenges of the global system
  • Drivers of climate change
  • Agents of change
  • How can we restore localisation?
  • What does Ancient Futures mean?
Helena Norberg-Hodge

Helena Norberg-Hodge was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, as well as the prestigious Goi Peace Prize in 2012. The Earth Journal counted Helena among the world’s ‘ten most interesting environmentalists’, while in Carl McDaniel’s book Wisdom for a Liveable Planet, she was profiled as one of ‘eight visionaries changing the world’


Ancient Futures (book and film)

Bringing the Food Economy Home: Local Alternatives to Global Agribusiness

From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture

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  • Therese Geissberger

    Wow! Thank you Helena, that was so rich and wonderful. Touching on so much, a little of the nitty-gritty, without it becoming ‘too dark’. Blessings for the wonderful gift you are giving to this world!

  • Helen Riordon

    It would be nice to see some video of the place she is talking about, rather than all head shots for the viewers. Interesting talk, but difficult to watch only head shots. Thank you

  • Much as I appreciate Helena on ‘localisation’, I resonate even more with her critiques of the global economy and how it does and does not work to our benefit.

  • Anuja Dasgupta

    Here you go, Helen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ7foGfU3EU

  • Helena, your life experience, the issues you have dedicated your life to promote, and the wisdom of your ideas, are music to my ears. I have followed your work since reading your book in the mid 1990s and I resonate with all your ideas in the face of the world’s problems, industrial growth society, and environmental breakdown. Thank you for all that you do and have been doing since 1975. Deep respect.

  • Eckart

    I was very impressed from this interview, so many important things was said with I total agree.
    To understand, that there are not special persons or special companies who are take the whole responsibility or the whole guilt, but a system of neo-liberal (anti-)economy, that was establish from the (voted) politicians, and what us lead more and more to a unsolvable disaster of any level, is fundamental. (But of course is it also true – so I think – that Bayer/Monsanto have much more responsibility, as for example the Bahlsen buttercookie company, but on the other hand it is very comfortable to look always on the tweeds of these unpredictable US-president – I complete don’t care, for what all we can speak him guilty, the majority has vote him. (To analyze the Republicans as the most dangerous organization in the world (Chomsky) is perhaps not clear for anybody, but for anybody is clear, what kind of man Trump is). In so far it is more interesting to ask, how many trust we should set in these art of democracy. It must be concerned by the system at self, that for the most people the only alternative is, to vote some kind of sublimated fascists, and so it is to ask, if we not really need other forms. For me it would be a good principle: Who don’t make an analyze is not able to be become committed, and who is not to become committed, shouldn’t have a right to say in a matter. What we now still call NGO’s (I mean it in a sense of Greenpeace) are a much better alternative than political parties.

  • Steven St-Amour

    Helena much has been said already. You have given us food for thought, and I will take this presentation to my sessions to help people understand and therefore strive at the local level in our circles to forge a new or renew understanding.
    Helena thank you.

  • Richard Mochelle (PhD)

    I think Helena does an excellent job at explaining some of the grosser attributes of the global market economy.

    However I disagree with her that the key solution lies in the proliferation of ecovillages. Every ecovillage cannot produce its own computers, computer chips, silicon ingredients, etc, so that they may continue to participate in web-based, global community summits such as this. If we regard these technologies as essential for the interconnecting neuronal evolution of humanity, then we must accept our interdependent reliance on multitudes of disparate strangers who we will never meet. This implies facing the challenge of creating new platforms to enable we the multitudes to participate in the constitutional design of our future world economic and political system and build solid commitment among us to reliably enact mutually protective responsibilities. A fundamental understanding of systems theory is that the design and viability of the largest system, the global system, will largely determine the viability of the subordinate systems, the villages, towns and cities, that depend on it. To recommend to idealistic community activists on this forum that they focus on ecovillages without focusing at least as much time on transforming the international militarised economic order is, I think, myopic, misleading, dead-end advice.

    I would dearly like to hear a response to this comment from Helena and the other thought-leaders here who are advocating the eco-village pathway as the greatest solution to global problems.

  • Yes, it is possible to change the world changing our view of it, and coming back to the local solution. It is a personal decision, that can give the example to othes do the same.

    Do it and see! I am building this new way in my own life, and you??

  • CliveMichael Justice

    Thank you for your wise words of observation. It is unfortunate that this video cannot be shared through the link on the page. I hope that the conversation can be made available so that as many folks as possible hear those words- open sourced. I get that the organization needs to maintain itself and for change to happen we need information. This talk speaks to the power of grassroots holding the soil, the basis of our existence and the need to re-establish those trees, shrubs and vines of family and heritage. Some of that knowledge is within the stories and myths of our ancestors. Ladahk has thankfully provided a small window into a vanishing structure that carried us all to where we are now. Much gratitude and blessings for sharing.

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