Event Videos

Local Economy Panel: “The Economics of Happiness”

On April 27, Sustainable Tompkins hosted over 170 attendees for the Ithaca premiere of The Economics of Happiness – a film by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick and John Page, and a project of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC).  The film takes a critical look at 8 “inconvenient truths” about globalization, and explores the antidote – localization of the economy – where power is shifted from channels of accumulation for the few into channels of distribution for the many.  In a local economy, it is easier to prevent the corruption and abuse of power that comes with concentrated wealth.  Connections are easier to see.  Cause and effect are visible.  Relationships are more accountable.  Social capital, natural capital, and financial capital are mutually created and shared throughout the community.

After the film, our panel of community leaders shared their ideas for redesigning our economy and gave examples of what we’re doing so far. We heard about expanding local self reliance by working together to provide for ourselves, new sharing and trading networks, green collar jobs, worker-owned cooperatives, buy local and living wage campaigns, and opportunities for all of us to invest in the sustainable enterprises and infrastructure we need.

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What does it mean to receive a Neighborhood Mini-Grant?

We invite you to listen to some of the powerful stories shared by our Neighborhood Mini-Grant recipients and to support this valuable program that is seeding such amazing projects in our community.  Our Mini-Grants are made possible through individual donations, sponsorships, and grants.  Your support helps build a more just and sustainable community – thank you!  Please visit our Online Gift Form to contribute.

If you are already a donor to Sustainable Tompkins, we would be honored if you would encourage a friend to join you in support of our work.

Dan Flerlage on the power of seed funding

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Jerame Hawkins, describing his grant for a youth-run recording studio

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Founders of the Dacha Project on their electricty-free water pump and bio-fueled generator

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Learn more about the Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program here.

Mad Max or the Jetsons?

We recently hosted a panel discussion to examine the impact of cheap. efficient cars such as the Nano. Titled “Mad Max or the Jetsons,” the event looks at different possible futures for transportation in our society. Here is some video from the event, broken up by the four speakers. Unfortunately, the event was held in a dark room (to make use of the projector), so the visual quality is not great, but the presentations and ensuing discussion still come across clearly and are well worth the time to view.

Fernando de Aragon, Executive Director of the Ithaca Tompkins County Transportation Council

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Jennifer Dotson, Executive Director of Ithaca Carshare

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Jon Bosak, Editor of TC Local

Rob Morache, principal of New Earth Strategies

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