On October 18th, Orion hosted a dialogue on the end of economics as we know it, with Richard Heinberg and Helena Norberg-Hodge.
Must economies always grow? Heinberg thinks not, and argues that the global economy will not come out of its current recession, given that our prosperity is built upon unsustainable behaviors whose costs are coming due. Instead, he posits that we can manage contraction and still thrive, a view illustrated by Norberg-Hodge’s film about the many upsides to going truly local, which features commentary from people on every continent.
This free live web event was a unique opportunity to hear these important thinkers expand on these ideas. Listen to the full audio here.
Heinberg’s latest book is The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality and Norberg-Hodge’s new documentary is called “The Economics of Happiness,” an acclaimed film about the re-localization of our economies.