Articles by Helena Norberg-Hodge
Resist Globally, Renew Locally
Helena Norberg-Hodge · A recent discussion forum among the members of The Great Transition Network focused on “The Promise and Pitfalls of Localism.” My friend and colleague Brian Tokar started the discussion by noting that even though there is a resurgence...
Unlike a Globalized Food System, Local Food Won't Destroy the Environment
Helena Norberg-Hodge · Our food system is linked to an economic system that is fundamentally biased against what’s good for people and the planet.
To Leave or Remain: Dichotomy or Distraction?
Helena Norberg-Hodge · Ever since the Brexit referendum was first announced, we have been bombarded by an array of starkly contradictory pronouncements – from the Leave camp’s now infamous claim that withdrawal from the EU would release £350 million a week...
Localization: a Strategic Alternative to Globalized Authoritarianism
Helena Norberg-Hodge · For those who care about peace, equality and the future of the planet, the global political swing to the right over the past few years is deeply worrying. It has us asking ourselves, how did this happen? How did populism turn into such...
Trump is a Symptom of Corporate Globalization
Helena Norberg-Hodge · By redistributing economic and political power from corporate monopolies to millions of small businesses, localization has the power to revitalize the democratic process, re-rooting political power in community.
Trump: The Illusion of Change
Helena Norberg-Hodge · “Only by restoring the broken connections can we be healed.” — Wendell Berry
After Brexit and Trump: Don't Demonise; Localise!
Helena Norberg-Hodge and Rupert Read · Both Trump and Brexit can be explained by the failure of mainstream political elites to address the pain inflicted on ordinary citizens in the neoliberal era. But the real solutions lie not in hatred, but relocalisation.
Why Global Capital Fears 'Brexit'
Helena Norberg-Hodge & Rupert Read and Thomas Wallgren · While the leadership of the ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ camps portray their positions as fundamentally different, neither side is challenging the stranglehold of corporations that run the global economy. Their econometric, growth-based...
Judge a System by the Health of Its Children
Helena Norberg-Hodge and Steven Gorelick · On Globalization and The Costs of Exporting the American Dream
How Globalization Fuels Terrorism and Fundamentalism
Helena Norberg-Hodge · For people in the modern world, there may be nothing more difficult to comprehend than the group calling itself the Islamic State, or ISIS. The beheadings, rapes, and other acts of cruelty seem beyond understanding, as does the wanton...
Small Loans, Big Problems: The False Promise of Microfinance
Helena Norberg-Hodge · Ever since Bill Clinton and the World Bank enthusiastically embraced the microfinance concept in the 1990s, we at Local Futures have been skeptical of its benefits, seeing it as part of a whole package of “market solutions” to our...
The Economics of Climate Change
Helena Norberg-Hodge · Shifting away from an emphasis on global economic growth toward local economies provides a means to increase meaningful employment, shrink the gap between rich and poor, and tackle climate change.
Why We Need Big Picture Activism
Helena Norberg-Hodge · Despite the countless grassroots projects already under way, the global economic juggernaut can seem too powerful to stop. But because more and more of us are becoming aware of how disastrous the global economy is for people and the...