Post-growth Localisation – a pamphlet by Rupert Read and Helena Norberg-Hodge

“Is ever more economic activity a good thing at all, in a world where what is scarce is nature, and time, and peace and quiet?”

Rupert Read

“The most effective way to alleviate a whole range of seemingly disparate symptoms — from deforestation to pollution, from poverty to ethnic conflict — is to change the dominant economy. Most important of all, countering the pressures that separate us from one another and the natural world would resonate with our deeper human needs. At the most fundamental level, localisation is the economics of happiness.”

Helena Norberg-Hodge


Why Some Questions Have No Answers

Professor Catherine Rowett’s will be talking to UNA at 1pm at the Friends Meeting House on Friday 16th September .  It should be a fascinating talk .  She is going to talk about “What’s the relevance of Christian ethical teaching when it comes to international crises? And why some questions have no answers”.
Its a gem of a subject and should make for a good talk and discussion – do try and attend!2016-september-poster-pdf

Join the Global to Local movement in London this month


This month in London, we’re holding two special events to help people break out of the depressing paradigm of globalisation, and take a closer look at how to build an ‘economics of happiness’ in the UK and beyond.

So many of our current crises—financial, social and ecological—are fueled by the scale of the economy. But as awareness of globalisation’s disastrous impacts grows, so does the chance for meaningful change.
At each event, you will hear from renowned speakers including environmental economist James Skinner; eco-philosopher Rupert ReadDiego Isabel La Moneda, Director of the Global Hub for the Common Good; Stephen Hinton, co-founder of a Swedish eco-village; and Molly Scott Cato, a Member of the European Parliament.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Beyond Brexit: Policy and Grassroots Change for a New UK Economy
  • Urban Growth and Sustainable Food Systems in London
  • Trade Treaties and Other Mechanisms of Globalisation
  • Ushering in a Culture of Peace and Happiness


Details about tickets, speakers, and schedules can be found on the event pages below.
The Economics of Happiness:
Creating a More Equitable World

Wednesday, 14th September, 10am – 5:30pm
24 Greencoat Place, London SW1P 1RD

Speakers include Helena Norberg-Hodge, Stephen Hinton, Diego Isabel La Moneda, and Michael Smith.

Co-hosted by Local Futures, Initiatives of Change UK and Global Hub for the Common Good
Towards a Localised Future:
A New Economy Convergence

Saturday, 17th September, 9am – 5pm
173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ

Speakers include Helena Norberg-Hodge, James Skinner, Molly Scott Cato, Rupert Read, Bruno Lacey and Charlotte O’Connor.

Co-hosted by Local Futures and Green House

Starting To Think About How A Progressive Alliance Could Actually Work

It is clear that Labour alone are not going to win an absolute majority in Westminster in 2020.

That is probably the deepest reason why there is more and more talk about the possibility of some kind of ‘progressive alliance’, to deliver real democracy and to pose an alternative to endless, un-green right-wing rule in the UK.

So, how do we get there? Plenty of us believe that progressive parties need to start to discuss – to at least consider the possibility of – some kind of electoral pact. A ‘popular front’ to avoid fragmenting the vote among ourselves in winnable seats looking towards electing a Parliament in 2020 that would have a progressive majority for democratic change. For mending our broken democracy…

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