Helena Norberg-Hodge "The Economics of Happiness"

Thursday, January 27, 2011, 6:30 - 10pm

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In January, the ISD welcomed Helena Norberg-Hodge back to the Great Hall for a special NYC screening of "The Economics of Happiness," a documentary about the worldwide movement for localization. Last spring, Helena Norberg-Hodge delivered a compelling lecture, which highlighted the psychological, social and ecological benefits of economic localizvation and presented clips from the rough-cut of 'The Economics of Happiness'. This time, the feature-length film had its East Coast premiere in the Great Hall, followed by a panel discussion with the director and special guests including Judy Wicks and Gloria Steinem.

The film features a chorus of voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change, including David Korten, Bill McKibben, Vandana Shiva, Rob Hopkins, Richard, Heinberg, Juliet Schor, Michael Shuman, Helena Norberg-Hodge, and Samdhong Rinpoche - the Prime Minister of Tibet's government in exile.

Organizational partners:

The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, Grace Communications Foundation / Sustainable Table, Slow Food NYC


Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.