Connecting over soil

Streaming Media


Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, Lingnan University

Global University for Sustainability

Lingnan Gardeners, Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, Lingnan University

Document Type

Public Lecture




4:00 p.m. -- 6:00 p.m.


LBYG01, B Y Lam Building, Lingnan University


All over the Western world, increasing numbers of people are leaving their desk-bound lives to rediscover the joys of getting their hands dirty. Things are very different in the global South - while nearly half the population is still connected to the soil, farmers are being encouraged to leave the land by the millions. They are being made to feel ashamed of their farming traditions, ashamed of having their hands in the soil.

Around the world, soil is common currency. It binds us to each other and to the earth. This currency lies at the heart of a movement towards rebuilding local economies. Norberg-Hodge calls it 'the economics of happiness', because at the deepest level localization reweaves our spiritual connection to others and to nature, something that is essential for our wellbeing.

On 28 October 2016, Lingnan Garden again invited Professor Helena Norberg-Hodge to give a speech that integrated traditional agricultural culture and the economy of happiness, telling us the importance of farming life and how modernization had damaged traditional agricultural civilization.

2016年10月28日,彩園再次邀請Helena Norberg-Hodge教授來到彩園,從經濟全球化的視角,將傳統農業文化與快樂經濟學相結合,與嶺南師生分享農耕生活的重要及現代化對傳統農業文明的破壞。



Additional Information

Helena Norberg-Hodge is a pioneer of the new economy movement and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and the Cioi Peace Prize. She is author of Ancient Futures, coauthor of Bringing the Food Economy Home and From the Ground Up and producer of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness. She also is the director of Local Futurcs (formerly ISEC) and the International Alliance for Localization, and a founding member of the International Forum on Globalisation and The Global Ecovillage Network. www.localfutures.org

Recommended Citation

Norberg-Hodge, H. (2016, October 28). Connecting over soil [Video podcast]. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/ln_gardeners_videos/22/