Across the world millions of people are actively resisting the process of corporate globalization while simultaneously building viable local alternatives. Effective and enjoyable change, in both cases, requires collective action – linking hands with like-minded people – from the global to the local.
There are many community groups and ‘translocal’ alliances springing up across the world with the mission of dismantling corporate power, reclaiming democracy, and renewing local economies from the ground up.
Join the movement for economic change:
- Join or start a Transition Initiative in your community
“The Transition Movement is a vibrant, grassroots movement that seeks to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis. It represents one of the most promising ways of engaging people in strengthening their communities against the effects of these challenges, resulting in a life that is more abundant, fulfilling, equitable and socially connected.”
Find a transition group near you:
- Join or start a global to local study-circle program:
‘Roots of Change’ is a guided study circle program emphasizing education for action. The program is run by Local Futures/International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) and was updated in preparation for the release of ‘The Economics of Happiness’ film.Local Futures helps set up small study circles and provides a series of readings and discussion question. The curriculum consists of over a dozen modules covering the full range of topics introduced in ‘The Economics of Happiness’ – but in much greater depth.The goal of Roots of Change is to help participants see the big picture, unearth root causes and forge strategies for effective local action. Study circles usually meet once or twice a month to discuss the readings and generate positive solutions.To start a group in your community, see
- Join or attend your neighborhood, city or county councils:
Put localization on the agenda at your neighborhood, community, city or county councils. Become affiliated with your neighborhood, community or city council. Contact your city government to find out where your councils meet.
- Form a coalition for localization or community summit:
If there isn’t an existing group in your area, start your own! Invite friends, community business owners, co-workers, neighbors, and family members to join you. Organize a series of focused meetings to map out your community’s assets and needs, research and brainstorm local solutions, identify partners and search for sources of funding.
- Start a blog, newsletter or group e-mailing list:
dedicated to covering policy changes that impact your local economy and local economies worldwide.
- Start a ‘community economic laboratory‘(CEL):
As Richard Heinberg explains, “The basic notion is simple: the CEL would be a local multi-function center that helps people impacted by hard times. It would do this by offering a variety of services, as well as opportunities for self-improvement, learning, enterprise incubation, and community involvement….” Read more
- Start a ‘political salon’ or throw a house party:
Start an ongoing political salon dedicated to discussing both the policies and the new economic institutions needed to build sustainable, equitable and community-controlled economies. Similarly, house parties can be excellent events to build community and discuss relevant local issues.
- Organize a localization film festival in your community:
See Local Futures’s Films for Change list for some ideas of provocative and inspiring films to consider. Headline your festival with a screening of ‘The Economics of Happiness’.
- Join or start a local food policy council:
“Food Policy Councils (FPCs) bring together stakeholders from diverse food-related sectors to examine how the food system is operating and to develop recommendations on how to improve it. FPCs may take many forms, but are typically either commissioned by state or local government, or predominately a grassroots effort.”
Learn more: https://foodfirst.org/publication/food-policy-councils-lessons-learned/
- Join the food sovereignty movement
If you’re a food producer, join the call for localization and food sovereignty. Link up with your regional member of the international farmers’ movement, La Via Campesina – one of the largest social movements in the world. Learn how: http://viacampesina.org/en/
- Join a Slow Food ‘convivium’ in your area
“Each of our 100,000 members around the world are a part of a convivium. Our convivia are the local expression of the Slow Food philosophy.They build relationships with producers, campaign to protect traditional foods, organize tasting and seminars, encourage chefs to source locally, nominate producers to participate in international events and work to bring taste education into schools. Most importantly, they cultivate the appreciation of pleasure and quality in daily life. Every Slow Food member can participate in convivium activities anywhere in the world.”
Find a ‘convivium’ near you: http://www.slowfood.com/about-us/where-we-are/
- Join or start a local business alliance
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.
“BALLE’s mission is to catalyze, strengthen and connect networks of locally owned independent businesses dedicated to building strong Local Living Economies.”
American Independent Business Alliance
AMIBA “is a national 501c3 non-profit organization helping communities launch and successfully operate an Independent Business Alliance® (IBA), “buy independent, buy local” campaigns, and other efforts to support community.”
- Join or start a local network of worker cooperatives
For example: Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives
- Join or start a local worker cooperative
Help create equitable, democratic and sustainable local economies. Learn more: http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/cooperativeshttp://www.usworker.coop/education
- Rebuild local union power
Help marshal the power of labor to rebuild sustainable and equitable local economies.