An argument for less consumption and more connection.

February 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm 1 comment

The Economics of Happiness is a documentary film by activist/economist Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick, and John Page, which promotes the need for a better balance between localized and globalized economies. Of the film’s many powerful arguments, my favorite was the obvious benefits of human-to-human contact during business exchanges. When individuals are physically engaged with the economic activity around them, they have greater self worth, a stronger sense of community, and more happiness overall. Many more screenings of the film are happening in the near future, and I highly recommend attending one if you can.

Along these lines, I thought the project “Double Happiness” by architect-artist Didier Faustino did a good job of reprioritizing things:

project discovered via GOOD

February 13’s daily design idea is when thinking big, don’t overlook local opportunity.


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