The International Alliance for Localization (IAL) is a cross-cultural network of thinkers, activists and NGOs dedicated to exploring radically new visions of development and progress.
Across the world, people are coming to realize that today’s crises are inextricably linked to a global economy dependent on consumerism, financial speculation and “free” trade. We believe that localization can bring us together in a movement powerful enough to turn the tide and point the way to a better world.
The IAL provides a big picture analysis to unite diverse groups and individuals in both North and South — from business leaders and labor unions to farmers, social justice activists, environmentalists and indigenous people. The IAL is open to individuals, groups & organization alike. Over 700 people and groups from 58 different countries have joined the IAL to date.
Red: Countries with individual members
Blue: Countries with organizational members, View list of organizational members here
Green: Countries with individual and organizational members
Localization: A Powerful Solution-Multiplier
We believe that the answer to today’s crises lies in economic localization: in other words, shortening the distance between producers and consumers by encouraging diversified production for domestic needs, instead of specialized production for export.
The IAL operates on two separate fronts—Resistance and Renewal: addressing the negative consequences of economic globalization while simultaneously encouraging the regeneration of healthy local economies, communities and ecosystems.
Become an IAL member
As an IAL member you will be able to engage in communication with other like-minded members around the world, and inform yourself about key policy issues and campaigns through the IAL listserv and private Facebook group. Through the IAL listserv, you can ask for advice, share relevant campaigns, actions, strategies and materials, and gain access to a wide range of resources and experiences. Joining the IAL is possible as an individual or an organization. Read more about the listserv here.
Introduction to the IAL
More about the IAL
To learn more about economic localization and the IAL, start by watching our short animation ‘Going Local: the solution-multiplier‘, and reading this interview with Helena Norberg-Hodge: ‘A New Call for Resistance and Renewal’, published by Resurgence & Ecologist in their July/August 2015 issue.