Mitchell Rabin Interviews Linguist, Social Activist Helena Norberg-Hodge

norberg-hodge helenaMonday, July 16, 7pm EST:  Mitchell’s guest this evening is world-renowned linguist and social activist, Helena Norberg-Hodge. 

Helena is an analyst of the impact of the global economy on cultures and agriculture worldwide, a pioneer of the localization movement, and the articulator of the core ideas of Counter-development. She is also the producer and co-director of the award-winning documentary, The Economics of Happiness.

Helena is the founder and director of Local Futures/International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC).

Based in the US and UK, with subsidiaries in Sweden, Germany, Australia, and Ladakh, Local Futures’ mission is to examine the root causes of our social and environmental crises, while promoting more sustainable and equitable patterns of living in both North and South. Its activities include The Economics of norberg-hodge quote & picHappiness, The Ladakh Project,[1] and Global to Local Outreach.

Helena was educated in Sweden, Germany, Austria, England and the United States. She specialized in linguistics, including studies at the doctoral level at the University of London and at MIT, with Noam Chomsky. Fluent in seven languages, she has lived in and studied numerous cultures at varying degrees of industrialization, giving her a unique international perspective.

She is the author of the bestselling Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh, based on her first-hand experience of the effects of conventional development in Ladakh.

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She is a pioneer of the worldwide localization movement and a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and the 2012 Goi Peace Award.  Helena has appeared on A Better World TV as well, which is being aired this Monday evening.  Here’s Mitchell’s interview with Helena on Progressive Radio Network:


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