- Rick Bonetti
A Quiet Revolution
In 2022 Local Futures produced a video Planet Local: A Quiet Revolution, available free on Youtube or on their website. The film "shows a quiet and transformative revolution emerging worldwide." Away from the screens of the mainstream media, the crude ‘bigger is better’ narrative that has dominated economic thinking for centuries is being challenged."
As people work to protect and restore their local economies, their communities, and the natural world, countless diverse initiatives are demonstrating a new path forward for humanity. It’s a path that localizes rather than globalizes, connects rather than separates, and shows us that human beings need not be the problem – we can be the solution.
The film features activists from every continent alongside figures like Russell Brand, Noam Chomsky, Vandana Shiva, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Naomi Klein, Jane Goodall, and Gabor Maté,
Planet Local: A Quiet Revolution is a timely and compelling call to action.
Their 2011 film The Economics of Happiness looks at current conditions of globalization, climate change, decreasing equitable job opportunities, crumbling communities, and the stress of modern life. Most importantly, this film provides solutions to reverse these trends.
The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, an unholy alliance of governments and big business continues to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, people all over the world are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to rebuild more human-scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.
Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. There are personal costs too. For the majority of people on the planet, life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work.
In 1993 Local Futures produced an award-winning documentary film: Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh.