Learn more about the policies needed at the local, national and international level to help renew local prosperity, globally.
The political and economic policies that have shaped our world today systematically favor large, transnational corporations over small local businesses and farmers, ecological health and community well-being. In short, they favor economic growth and corporate profits over the needs of people and the planet. A new approach to economic policy, from the global to the local, is desperately needed – one that both levels the playing field by recalling corporate power, and encourages the revitalization of sustainable and equitable local economies (see Generating Alternatives for information on a range of grassroots initiatives that complement the policy changes explored here).
There are many specific policies that could help advance economic localization. However, the most essential change is that communities and nations regain full democratic control over their economies. This will enable the shifting of policy supports – such as subsides, taxes, and regulations – away from activities that undermine communities and ecosystems, towards those that nurture community, sustainability and equality.
Below you will find a list of key online resources for exploring the kind of policy changes needed to renew local prosperity, worldwide. Certain links focus on international and national policies – from creating a new international economic and financial architecture for the re-regulation of trade and finance, to exercising anti-trust laws, revoking corporate charters or eliminating corporate personhood. Others focus more nationally and locally. We’ve tried to divide the list accordingly (though many organizations do both).
Key Online Resources for Policy Change:
From the global…
…to the local
From Education to Action
Once you’ve learned about the kind of policies needed to encourage localization, it is time to move from education to action.
- Get organized
The problems we face can be overwhelming if we try and take them on as individuals. Joining with other committed individuals is a way to renew community and increase your collective power. Accordingly, we recommend that you start or join a community group, coalition or alliance dedicated to policy change. Start an ongoing political salon or hold a house party dedicated to discussing both the policies and the new economic institutions needed to build sustainable, equitable and community-controlled economies. You might also consider starting a blog, newsletter, or group email list dedicated to covering policy changes that impact your local economy and local economies worldwide.
- 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.
- Organize a meeting with your representatives, or start a letter writing, petitioning, or calling campaign
Pressure your local and national representatives to sign on to the localization agenda. Let them know where you stand on issues such as the deregulation of trade and finance, the consolidation of corporate power, tax and subsidy policies that favor huge corporations over small farms and businesses, and the need to shift directions in support of local living economies. Demand that they introduce legislation that supports the local economy.