The keynote address I delivered to the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) in Charleston, NC on May 22, 2010 on the theme “Lighting the Way to a New Economy.”
Wall Street's plunge shows what's wrong with phantom wealth. Why support that system when we could be creating jobs in the real economy?
More local, durable economies are already taking root. We can help them along by changing the way we regulate businesses, plan cities, and finance the communities we want.
Bill McKibben’s latest book explores what it’ll take to live on a planet less sweet than it used to be. During a recent stop in Seattle, he described the smaller, slower, and wiser future that may be our best bet.
Our investments tend to fund consolidation and speculation. But new models are emerging that allow us to finance the economy we really want.
But our city planning policies are rigged against them. How can we support neighborhood businesses that slow the pace of life and encourage people to get to know each other?
Resilience depends on diversity, but banks and businesses just keep getting bigger. How can we break the cycle?
Big banks don't just undermine local economies—they're bad for your wallet, too.
International aid has increased Haiti's food dependency and undermined its democracy. How can the world help Haiti recover without repeating past mistakes?
Churches are rediscovering their role as community centers, helping to relocalize and revitalize struggling communities.
Local businesses are educating communities, changing economic policies, and even outperforming chain competitors.
Hidden fees? Fine print? International financial meltdown? It might be time to re-evaluate your relationship.
How families are achieving ecological, social, and economic transformation... starting under their own roofs.