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"Counter-development" is the broad approach to development, urbanization and global economic systems entailed in NH's Ancient Futures: lessons from ladakh for a globalizing world, there's not much information out there and when I went looking for an overview there wasn't anything besides the ISEC and LEDeG pages and their semi-complete websites. However little presence this philosophy/mentality has online is irrelevant however, it has the potential to be a holistic worldview, advocating small, anthropologically traditional communities and undoing much of the damage and trappings of economic development in the "third world" and the first world. A fully realized counter-development population would be manifested in a society that chose to move away from cities, capitalism, resource-intensive practices, etc. to create dispersed villages and communities which would live off the land and be similar to Ladakhi, native american practices etc. She states however, that we "cannot go back [technologically] even if we wanted to." thus we are made to envision small ecological communities with modern, low-consumption technology such as solar heaters, power, etc. There is an emphasis on subsistence living off the grid and inter-dependently on the local level. Abolishment or minimization of the monetary system, as well as the abandonment (probably over time) of modern economic systems is implied.

Jpuglionesi (talk) 02:21, 25 April 2011 (UTC)