In December this blog reported that Local Futures has gathered a cross-cultural, North-South network of thinkers, activists and NGOs – the International Alliance for Localization (IAL). It already has members from over 30 countries and Localise West Midlands is one of the member organisations.
This new cross-cultural network of groups and individuals focusses on resistance, renewal, and radically new visions of development and progress.
The response has exceeded IAL’s most optimistic expectations. In less than two months, individuals from 28 different countries have joined. These include farmers, teachers, builders, community organizers, environmental stewards, peace activists, homesteaders, students, health workers, business consultants, writers, engineers, artists, radio producers, researchers, and more.
Many organizations have also signed up: groups focused on social justice, ecological restoration, spiritual values, sustainable food and farming, holistic education, and policy research and advocacy. Among these are:
Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (India);
Digo Bikas Institute (Nepal);
Localize West Midlands (UK);
The Sustainability Institute and
Greyton Transition Town (South Africa);
Noakhali Rural Development Society (Bangladesh);
Centre for Global Justice (Mexico/USA);
Gaia Education (UK);
Holy Cross International Justice Office (USA);
Small Farm Training Center (USA), and many more.
This broad-based interest in the IAL shows that people worldwide are beginning to recognize that localization is a viable strategy for positive change on a global level.
Next: March 30th fourth webinar in the Global to Local Webinar Series: Debt and Speculation in the Global Economy, with Helena Norberg-Hodge and Charles Eisenstein