11 Aug 2012
The Goi Peace Foundation will
bestow the 2012 Goi Peace Award
on Helena Norberg-Hodge, the founder
and director of the International Society
for Ecology and Culture (ISEC), and a
pioneer of the 'new economy' movement.
The annual Goi Peace Award honors individuals and
organizations in various fields that have made outstanding
contributions toward the realization of a peaceful and
harmonious world for humanity and all life on earth.
Created in 2000, previous Goi Peace Award recipients
include Ervin Laszlo, Oscar Arias, Lester Brown,
Bill Gates &Deepak Chopra.
Ms. Norberg-Hodge will receive the award at a ceremony
during the Goi Peace Foundation Forum 2012 to be held at
Ginza Blossom Hall in Tokyo on November 25, 2012.
The selection committee has chosen Helena Norberg-Hodge
for the Goi Peace Award "in recognition of her pioneering work
in the new economy movement to help create a more sustainable
and equitable world. Through her advocacy and educational
activities promoting localization from an international perspective,
Ms. Norberg-Hodge has contributed to the revitalization of
cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening
of local communities and economies worldwide."
As an author, filmmaker and public lecturer, Ms. Norberg-Hodge
has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological
well-being for more than thirty years. She is a widely respected analyst
of the impact of the global economy on communities, local economies,
and personal identity, and is a leading proponent of 'localization,' or
decentralization, as a means of countering those impacts.
A native of Sweden, Ms. Norberg-Hodge was educated in Sweden,
Germany, Austria, England and the United States. She specialized in
linguistics, including studies at the University of London and at MIT.
In 1975, she visited Ladakh, or "Little Tibet," and was the first
Westerner in recent times to master the Ladakhi language and
co-produce the first Ladakhi-English dictionary. Since then, she
has worked with the people of Ladakh to find ways of enabling
their culture to meet the modern world without sacrificing social
and ecological values. For these efforts she was awarded the
Right Livelihood Award, or 'Alternative Nobel Prize,' in 1986.
Her book, Ancient Futures, has been described as
"an inspirational classic." Together with the film of the same title,
it has been translated into more than 40 languages, and sold about
half a million copies. She is also the producer and co-director of
the award-winning film, The Economics of Happiness, and the
co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home and
From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture.
She has written numerous articles and essays, and her work
has been the subject of more than 300 articles worldwide.
ISEC, which she founded as The Ladakh Project, has nowAbout the Goi Peace Foundation
expanded its activities to run programs all over the world.
The organization examines the root causes of our current social
and environmental crises, while promoting grassroots and
policy-level strategies for ecological and community renewal.
She is also a founding member of the International Commission on
the Future of Food and Agriculture, and a co-founder of both the
International Forum on Globalization and the Global Ecovillage Network.
Established in Tokyo, Japan in 1999, the Goi Peace Foundation
is a public benefit organization with a mission to support the
evolution of humanity toward a peaceful and harmonious new civilization.
Through various educational and outreach programs, it promotes
consciousness, values and wisdom for creating peace, and builds
cooperation among individuals and organizations across diverse fields,
including education, science, culture and the arts.
The Foundation is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the
Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
It also maintains official relations with UNESCO.