International Alliance For Localization (IAL)
A cross-cultural network of thinkers, activists and NGOs dedicated to exploring radically new visions of development and progress.
We established the International Alliance for Localization (IAL) as part of our work to build a localization movement powerful enough to turn the global tide. The IAL unites diverse groups and individuals in both North and South — from business leaders and labor unions to farmers, social justice activists and environmentalists — who share a common vision of localization as a powerful solution multiplier. Over 1800 people and groups from 58 different countries have joined the IAL to date.
The core values and activities of the IAL are founded on a “big picture analysis” of economic globalization and localization. We believe that effective action to localize our economies comes from working on two complementary fronts—Resistance and Renewal.
We resist further destruction of our communities and the natural world by mitigating the negative consequences of economic globalization. Actions of resistance include increasing “economic literacy” through public awareness raising, critical trade analysis and key protests.
We simultaneously can renew our connections to each other and the environment through localization. This means encouraging the regeneration of healthy local economies, communities and ecosystems through grassroots and policy-level initiatives.
The infographic below shows just a few of the multi-faceted benefits of localization.
Localization: the Solution-Multiplier
To learn more, check out the Introduction to the IAL, which is now available in thirteen languages thanks to volunteer translators:
Benefits of being a member
Joining the IAL is possible as an individual or an organization. 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 moderated IAL listserv and private Facebook group. Through these online communication forums, you can also ask for advice, share relevant campaigns, actions, strategies and materials, and gain access to a wide range of resources and experiences.
Click here for guidelines on how to get the most out of using the IAL listserv.
Watch a short video compilation of IAL members describing what localization means to them. You can see more video message on our YouTube channel. Watch also the short videos of Spreading Consciousness, Eco Village Voice and John Moore – Inside Nature.
More about localization
To dive deeper into the basics of localization, read our page Localization – is it the solution? and watch two short videos:
- ‘Localization: for People and the Earth’ (also available in French and Spanish);
- ‘Going Local: the solution-multiplier animation.
Unsubscribe from the IAL
If you would like to leave the IAL, please fill in the form here. Please note that you will also be unsubscribed from the IAL listserv, and removed from the Facebook group.
If you would like to remain an IAL member, but unsubscribe from just the IAL listserv, please send a blank email message to: [email protected].