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Economics of Happiness Offers a Route to a Better World

Monday night film shows why going local is good for people and communities

August 11, 2011 |


For Immediate Release

August 11, 2011

Shauna Fite, Policy Specialist
Michigan Land Use Institute
Phone: 231-941-6584 ext. 25 • Fax: 231-929-0937
Email: shauna@mlui.org • Web site: www.mlui.org

FRANKFORT—The Economics of Happiness, the final movie in the Michigan Land Use Institute’s Main Street Film Series,hits the big screen at Frankfort’s Garden Theater on Monday, Aug. 15, at 7 pm.

The film shows why “going local” with our food and economic systems is a powerful strategy for repairing our fractured world—our ecosystems, societies, and selves.

The evening will conclude with an afterglow at Betsie Bay Furniture, the film’s sponsor, located a few doors from the theater. There will be complimentary local appetizers, wine, and cider.

Noting the damage that the global economy often inflicts on people, The Economics of Happiness highlights a grassroots movement to create more just, sustainable communities by investing in local food systems, businesses, and financial institutions.

The film analyzes acentral paradox of our time: Although we have the world’s largest economy, we are working ever-longer hours and our new comforts and luxuries have not brought us happiness.

We will hear voices from six continents, including Samdhong Rinpoche, the Prime Minister of Tibet's government in exile, as well as Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, and Zac Goldsmith.

This film challenges all of us to see the possibility of building a better world, and offers steps for getting started.

For more information, contact Shauna Fite at 231-941-6584 or visit www.mlui.org

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