Go Local Resource Guide
|The Local Multiplier Effect|
These resources offer ways you can get involved with the “Go Local” movement right now. Explore them; share them; start declaring your independence from the global corporate economy today.
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service includes a resource guide for farmers' markets and organic food sources, categorized by U.S. state. http://www.attra.org/attra-pub/localfood_dir.php
Local Legacies is a compilation of local festivals and community events that celebrate the unique heritage of each U.S. state. Includes links to each annual event's website. http://www.loc.gov/folklife/roots/
The Relocalization Network, an initiative of the Post Carbon Institute, supports 125 existing groups worldwide that are dedicated to localizing their food and energy economies, and helps create new ones. http://www.relocalize.net/
Community-Wealth.Org provides information about community-based wealth strategies, policies, models, and innovations. The organization connects community corporations, co-ops and nonprofits to create a network of support and participation. www.Community-Wealth.org
The Big Box Tool Kit works to counter mega-retailers and rebuild local business by supplying information about big box stores, how to stop them, and how to get the neighbors involved, too. www.bigboxtoolkit.com
The National Trust for Historic Preservation empowers people to protect and restore the residential and business areas of their own towns, preserving local history and unique character. Its resources are categorized by state and by topics of interest. The home page is http://www.nationaltrust.org/community/, and be sure to consider their ten easy steps to community preservation at http://www.nationaltrust.org/help/preservation_basics_help.html.
A Primer on Community Food Systems, a publication of Cornell University, offers answers to all your questions about community food systems, from the basic definition of what it means to grow crops sustainably, to how you can encourage localized food circulation in your own region. This thoroughly informative guide is available at: http://foodsys.cce.cornell.edu/primer.html
EnergyRefuge.com provides alternative energy news articles and energy saving tips. They focus on alternative energy such as solar, nuclear, ethanol, and biodiesel energies. www.energyrefuge.com
The Ecological Options Network connects activists, innovators, and information from around the world to promote the exchange of ideas concerning existing, sustainable alternatives. EON seeks to spread a clear understanding of the problems confronting humanity so that we can appreciate the urgency of their solutions. www.eon3.net
Envirolink, the online environmental community, is a nonprofit organization providing access to thousands of online environmental resources from agriculture to wildlife. For more information on going local, click on resource links such as energy, environmental economics, sustainable business and sustainable living. www.envirolink.org
|Capitalism 3.0 by Peter Barnes|
: : Learn More – Books, articles, and other media
Some wisdom from the past, and some contemporary views.
Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen, by Anna Lappé and Bryant Terry, is more than just a great collection of recipes. It stresses the importance of the organic lifestyle, not only as a path to personal health, but to environmental and societal justice. Tarcher, 2006.
From Mondragon to America: Experiments in Community Development, by Greg MacLeod, explores the success of the community-owned town of Mondragon, Spain, as well as how to replicate its business and social experiment in other communities. University College of Cape Breton Press, 1997.
Enduring Seeds: Native American Agriculture and Wild Plant Conservation, by Gary Paul Nabhan, delves into the ecological and cultural importance of Native American agricultural practices, the success stories of traditional farmers, and the eminent dangers of agribusiness. The University of Arizona, 1989.
Putting Democracy to Work: A Practical Guide for Starting and Managing Worker-Owned Businesses, by Frank T. Adams and Gary B. Hansen, is a how-to guide for managing a worker cooperative. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1993.
The Nature of Economies, by Jane Jacobs, follows the conversation of five contemporary New Yorkers as they discuss whether economic life obeys the same rules as those that govern nature. The Modern Library, 2000.
Short Circuit: Strengthening Local Economies for Security in an Unstable World, by Richard Douthwaite, proposes that communities should build independent local economies to avoid mainstream economic collapse, and also supplies ideas for action. The Lilliput Press LTD, 1996.Capitalism 3.0, by Peter Barnes, urges readers to “upgrade” capitalism and preserve humanity's shared heritage by reclaiming the Commons – nature, community, and culture. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2006.
Bringing the Food Economy Home, by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Todd Merrifield, and Steven Gorelick, argues that localizing our food economies is a “solution-multiplier” that will reduce the negative impacts of globalization. Zed Books, 2002.
Parecon: Life After Capitalism, by Michael Albert,outlines a new model of “participatory economics” that departs from capitalism and socialism in its truly democratic framework. Verso Books, 2003. Can be purchased at: http://www.amazon.com/Parecon-After-Capitalism-Michael-Albert/dp/185984698X
Cooperation Works! by E. G. Nadeau and David Thomson, discusses specific, cooperative approaches to business, development, and the equal treatment of society's forgotten members, using success stories from the U.S. Lone Oak Press LTD, 1996.
Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket, by Worldwatch senior researcher Brian Halweil, describes the personal and planetary benefits of eating locally, as well as the dangers of foods that have traveled many miles. W. W. Norton & Company, 2004. http://www.worldwatch.org/pubs/books/17/
Argentina's Occupied Factories is a documentary film based on the Argentine workers' movement to occupy failed or failing factories through what they call worker self-management. Michael Albert interviews workers as he tours occupied factories. 55 minutes, DVD. Z Communications, 2006. www.zmag.org
Economics as if the Earth Really Mattered: A Catalyst Guide to Socially Conscious Investing, by Susan Meeker-Lowry, provides case studies, contacts, resource lists, and an extensive bibliography to help those concerned with finding ways to use their money to create a more just and sustainable economy. New Society Publishers, 1988.
The Support Economy: Why Corporations are Failing Individuals and the Next Episode of Capitalism, by Shoshana Zuboff and James Maxmin, offers a diagnosis of the disintegration of relationship between individuals and companies and explores the cause of the crisis. Viking Penguin, 2002.
Community Directory is a guide to cooperative living, which includes information about more than 500 North American intentional communities, more than 50 communities on other continents and more than 250 alternative resources and services, as well as 31 articles about community living. Cushing-Malloy, 1995. Also see the International Communities website at www.directory.ic.org
Mean or Green? by Liza Featherstone, covers the “Wal-Martization” of Organics. The Nation, August 2006. For full text go to: http://www.commondreams.org/views06/1023-24.htm
The Meatrix reveals the shocking realities of the corporate meat and dairy industries in three short cartoons based on The Matrix trilogy. Also offers resources for finding humane, family-owned meat and dairy farms in your area. http://www.themeatrix.com/
Peak Moment Television, produced by Yuba Gals Independent Media, is a weekly series of 28-minute episodes that explore ways in which community efforts can smooth the transitions made necessary by climate change and globalization. Episodes 5 through 33 are available for download at http://www.peakmoment.tv/.
: :Get Involved or Lend Your Support -- Groups and Organizations
Here is a list of organized movements supporting various aspects of the Local movement. Whether your interests lie in environmental sustainability, community preservation, independent energy, or ethical business practices, there's someone out there who shares your vision. Powerful change is going on now!
The Bainbridge Graduate Institute offers pioneering MBA and certificate programs in Sustainable Business and Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship using a combination of distance teaching and monthly on-site intensives. www.bgiedu.org/
Farm to School helps establish local food programs in school cafeterias, and educates students about the benefits of eating local food. Includes a map of current programs in the U.S. http://www.farmtoschool.org/
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is a research group based In Iowa that investigates the dangers of current farming practices, educates the public about its findings, and proposes alternatives. www.leopold.iastate.edu/
Windustry, a non-profit organization operating out of Minnesota, makes wind power more accessible to rural farmers and communities by equipping them with knowledge and technical guidance. www.windustry.org
Slow Food is an international organization devoted to protecting regional foods from homogenization. www.slowfood.com
Institute for Local Self Reliance is a non-profit research organization that promotes sustainable communities by investigating ways to improve economic and environmental conditions. www.ilsr.org
The E.F. Schumacher Society uses its resource library, lectures, programs, and projects to promote decentralization, human-scale societies, regionally based economic systems, local currency experiments and community land trusts. www.schumachersociety.org
The U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives is a network of organizations dedicated to the advancement of democracy and partnership in the workplace. Be sure to check out their Education/Resources page. http://www.usworker.coop/
The American Independent Business Alliance defends community character by helping to sustain independent businesses nationwide, raising awareness of their struggles, and networking to strengthen communities. www.amiba.net/
The Community Food Security Coalitionist a nonprofit devoted to guaranteeing the availability of healthy, affordable food that was grown with respect for the earth. http://www.foodsecurity.org/
Chefs Collaborative is a national network that provides its more than 1,000 members with tools for running economically healthy and sustainable food service businesses. www.chefscollaborative.org
Farm to College offers a look at all the Farm to College programs in the United States, including statistics about percentages of local foods purchased, total finances devoted to the program, and so on. http://www.farmtocollege.org/
The Project for Public Spaces is a nonprofit organization devoted to transforming public space into forums of interaction and meaningful human connection. It has a broad scope, focusing on plazas, parks, city centers, markets, campuses, and even systems of transportation. http://www.pps.org/
|Resources from this issue|
Digging Deeper – Resources mentioned in the issueCurious about a certain group, individual, or program featured in this issue's theme section? Here are some of the ways in which our authors, researchers, and contributors have chosen to get involved.
Chris Jordan's unique art uses the waste of North American consumerism as a medium. Explore his recent creations at: www.chrisjordan.comArticle: "Help Wanted: Independence from the Global Corporate Economy"
Grassroots Economic Organizing produces a bimonthly newsletter on grassroots organizing to promote networking and to build and finance worker-owned, democratically run, community based, ecologically sustainable enterprises. www.geo.coopArticle: "Green-Collar Jobs for Urban America"
People's Grocery, located in Oakland, operates based on the belief that healthy food should be available to everyone, regardless of their social status or income. It has a number of programs that engage and empower young people. http://www.peoplesgrocery.org/
California Youth Energy Services trains the youth of Oakland's Bay Area in the business of independent energy production. The community benefits economically and socially. http://www.interfaithpower.org/youthhelping.htm#
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights uses its four major programs (Books Not Bars, Reclaim the Future, Silence the Violence, and Bay Area Police Watch) to promote movement away from destructive “solutions” to social problems, such as delinquency. The Center works for equal opportunities, justice, and cooperation. http://ellabakercenter.org/page.php?pageid=1Article: "Creating Real Prosperity" by Frances Moore Lappé
The Grameen Bank helps reduce poverty and empower the people of the Global South through microcredit loans. www.grameen-info.org/
Information about the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee can be found here: www.brac.net/
The Small-Mart Revolution, by Michael Shuman, offers a detailed and informed look at how small businesses are triumphing over multinational chains. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2006.
Democracy's Edge: Choosing to Save Our Country by Bringing Democracy to Life, by Frances Moore Lappé, encourages a departure from “thin democracy,” vested in private interest, to “living democracy” in the interest of all. Jossey-Bass, 2005.Article: "Local Energy, Local Power" by Winona LaDuke
Honor the Earth works to preserve environmentally vibrant Native American communities. http://www.honorearth.org/
Solar Energy International holds practical workshops that demystify renewable energy practices. www.solarenergy.orgArticle: "Food to Stay" by Gary Nabhan
Sustainable Seattle's mission is to create livable urban centers in the Central Puget Sound region. The nonprofit provides education, information, and original research on long-term sustainability. A big YES! thanks to Sustainable Seattle for the data for the graph on page 35 Issue #40. www.sustainableseattle.org
More detailed information about Kaiser Permanente's farmers' markets is available here: http://www.noharm.org/us_canada/issues/food/studies.php
And for more information about Kaiser's experiment in direct purchasing, visit http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/08/06/MNG43KC7751.DTL
The Northern Arizona University Center for Sustainable Environments works to reduce the impact of food production and transportation and the ecological footprint left by irresponsible energy usage. Author Gary Nabhan is the director. http://home.nau.edu/environment/Article: "How Commerce Consumed the Commons" by Jonathan Rowe
The Commons Rising, a publication of the Tomales Bay Institute, is available at: http://onthecommons.org/content.php?id=1547Article: "Financing Hope" by Tracy Fernandez Rysvy & Prianjali Mascrenhas
Co-op America accepts people's desire to participate in a large-scale economy, but tries to gear their purchases in a “green” direction. The National Green Pages offers a list of socially conscious businesses. www.coopamerica.org
The Social Investment Foundation Forum is a huge bank of resources, contacts, and media releases about sustainable living. http://www.socialinvest.org/
Investing in Community and Investing for the World are two publications of Co-op America that can help you make a difference in your community through financial investment.
“Investing in Community” can be found at http://www.coopamerica.org/PDF/GuideInvestCommunities.pdf
“Investing for the World” can be found at: http://www.coopamerica.org/PDF/CAQ67guideonly.pdf
Learn more about the Hope Community Credit Union, the CDFI (community development financial institution) that helps low-income individuals build and rebuild through microcredit loans. http://www.hopecu.org/
Article: "The Economics of Life in Balance" by Regina Gregory
Environmental Tipping Points, also referred to as “ecotipping points,” are small changes in an ecosystem that catalyze larger scale recovery or progress. Humans can make some of these changes. Find out more about ecotipping points here: http://www.ecotippingpoints.org/Article: "Judy Wicks: In Business for Life" by Judy Wicks
BALLE, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, supports and encourages independent businesses all over North America that are contributing to socially, environmentally, and culturally respectful economies. Judy Wicks, author of the article, “In Business for Life,” is a co-founder. www.livingeconomies.org
The White Dog Café is Judy Wicks' Philadelphia-based restaurant, serving up “food, fun, and social activism.” The Café purchases foodfrom local farmers whenever possible, and it hosts numerous events that promote social awareness. http://www.whitedog.com/
Sustainable Connections is a group based in Bellingham, Washington that supports the Go Local movement, and also asks businesses to show their appreciation by adopting more sustainable practices. http://www.sconnect.org/
(Their top ten reasons for going local, available at http://www.sconnect.org/thinklocal/why/, offer inspiration for spreading the local movement to those around you.)Article: 10 Ways to a Human-Scale Economy
The Apollo Alliance represents a coalition of national security, labor, environmental, civil rights and business organizations that are working for independence from foreign energy sources. www.apolloalliance.org
The Golden Jubilee Biotech Park for Women Society is an organization that helps women in India develop independent, sustainable businesses through the power of microcredit loans. http://www.biotechpark.com/
The International Energy Agency's report on Wind Energy in Denmark provides a look at how Denmark developed its wind industry, describes the positive programs it is currently implementing, and offers suggestions for how other nations can improve their wind energy industries. http://www.ieawind.org/AnnualReports_PDF/2005/06%20Denmark.indd.pdf
The details of Berkeley's Zero Waste Commission are available here: http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/solidwaste/default.htm
Organic Valley is a farmer-owned co-op that produces organic foods through sustainable processes. It has gained recognition as a major label, but still maintains its core values. http://www.organicvalley.coop/index.html
Organic Valley distributes its products through a network of farms all over America, so that each region can receive the freshest products, and travel the shortest distance. Read the stories of some Organic Valley farmers, including the women on this issue's cover: http://www.organicvalley.coop/our-story/meet-the-farmers/
For touching short films depicting the farmers' pastoral lifestyles, visit: www.organicvalley.coop/heart. Films by Carrie Branovan.
The Farmer-Chef Connection allows farmers and restaurant-owners to “speed-date,” matching up everyone's best interests and forming mutually beneficial business arrangements. These partnerships can help increase the availability of fresh, locally grown products used in mainstream restaurants. http://www.ecotrust.org/foodfarms/farmerchef.html
The Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association works to implement more sustainable fishing practices. http://www.ccchfa.org/
100-Mile Diet,the official homepage of Canadian “locavores” Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon, identifies your 100-mile radius and publishes success stories from all over the nation. http://www.100milediet.org/
Information about the University of Montana's Farm to College Program can be found here: http://life.umt.edu/uds/name/Overview
New York City's Greenmarkets are growing in popularity. Read one review of the experience at: http://www.nyc.com/restaurants/NYC_Greenmarkets_Real_Food_Markets__Farmers_Markets.684169/editorial.aspx
Article: Abraham to Descendants: "Knock it Off" an interview with Rabbi Ted Falcon, Reverend Don Mackenzie, and Brother Jamal RahmanInterfaith Talk Radio is hosted by Rabbi Falcon, Brother Jamal, and Pastor Don, the three spiritual activists interviewed by Sarah van Gelder. Each week, they explore their three religions, searching for universal messages of connectivity and wisdom. www.Interfaithtalkradio.com
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