Join us in celebrating World Localization Day all June!
The Permaculture Education Institute partners with Local Futures each year to celebrate World Localization Day – not only on June 21, but all month. This year is the 4th year.

This June we are hosting local action conversations as part of our global Permaculture Educators Program, collaborating with a local food picnic at the Witta Farmers Market, sharing a free local permaculture workshop in Maleny at the Seed and Harvest Swap, hosting a free global online film screening of ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS including chat with filmmaker,World Localization Day founder and Right Livelihood Award recipient, Helena Norberg-Hodge. Plus you can access our 4 part Localization series with Helena below.

Special 4 part Localization Series

Listen in to this four part conversation series on localization with Morag Gamble and Helena Norberg-Hodge. You can choose to watch the clips, or listen on your favourite podcast app.

Part 1: The Global Economy

Helena takes us on a deep dive into the impacts of the global economy on the wellbeing of people and the planet, and outlines her call for localization and why permaculture is such a big part of the solution.

Part 2: The Food System


Relocalising the food system is central to creating a shift in the global economy, restoring communities and regenerating landscapes. Regenerative food systems are locally-adapted biodiverse agro-ecosystems deeply connected to place and community.

Part 3: Community & Ecology

Creating the change we want to see in the world can not be done alone. It is indeed a community-based activity. Drawing on her experience working with indigenous communities around the world, Helena talks about the importance of community and ecology – connecting with people and place.

Part 4: Big Picture Activism

We all know that a radical shift in the way humanity is living is essential for our future. Where do we spend our energy as activists to have the most impact possible? Join this conversation as Helena explores the concept of Big Picture activism – acting locally and globally simultaneously and what role permaculture can play.

About Helena Norberg-Hodge

HELENA NORBERG-HODGE, a pioneer of the new economy movement, is the founder and director of the international non-profit organisation, Local Futures, and the convenor of World Localization Day. She is author of the inspirational classic Ancient Futures, and Local is Our Future and producer of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness. She is the founder of the International Alliance for Localisationand a cofounder of the International Forum on Globalization and the Global Ecovillage Network. Helena is a recipient of the Alternative Nobel prize, the Arthur Morgan Award and the Goi Peace Prize for contributing to “the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.”

Film Club June 17th, 2023


Our June Permaculture Film Club is the iconic and award-winning documentary from Local Futures & Helena Norberg-Hodge, The Economics of Happiness. Watch the recording of the discussion with Morag Gamble and Helena Norberg-Hodge and a Q&A.

The Economics of Happiness spells out the social, spiritual, and ecological costs of today’s global economy while highlighting the multiple benefits of economic localization. The film showcases the steps people are already taking worldwide to rebuild their local economies and communities. It features Helena Norberg-Hodge, Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Samdhong Rinpoche, and other inspiring thinkers and activists.

You may watch the film here.

Coming soon in 2023: Planet Local Summit

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Our 2022 Events

In June 2022, Morag Gamble hosted our June international permaculture masterclass with Helena Norberg-Hodge about Activating your Local Food Community (click to watch replay). We screened her newly released PLANET LOCAL and joined by Helena for a further discussion about the film and follow-up action.  Morag also joined Helena to celebrate at Feast in the Fields at The Farm in Byron Bay.


June 2022 Permaculture Masterclass: Activating your Local Food Community

hosted by Morag Gamble with special guest Helena Norberg-Hodge

The Permaculture Education Institute’s June 2022 masterclass concluded our month of celebrations of World Localization Day in 2022 with Helena. Together we explored ways to activate your local food community, and why be doing it. We explored very practical and positive ways to create positive change locally, that is simultaneously big picture activism – acting locally and globally at the same time.

2022 Film Club Event: Planet Local – A Quiet Revolution

Planet Local – A Quiet Revolution is both a powerful critique of economic globalisation and a celebration of the kaleidoscope of grassroots initiatives that together form a growing movement for change: away from corporate rule towards the true democracy that more local markets make possible. Contributors include Vandana Shiva, Russell Brand, Noam Chomsky, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Naomi Klein, Jane Goodall, Iain McGilchrist, Gabor Maté, Brian Eno, Jeremy Lent, and many others.


Feast in the Fields, 2022 event

The Farm in Byron Bay celebrated World Localization Day by sharing a tour of The Farm and beautiful local food lunch.  Guests included Helena Norberg-Hodge, Dave Rastovich, Lauren Hill and Morag Gamble. The day began with an educational tour with the Farm Manager including the space where the lunch is grown! The panel will discuss how you can contribute to the shift from globalisation to localisation, and why its so important for thriving communities, followed by a fabulous lunch and chat.

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