Join Local Futures at Earth, Culture, Economy

Posted Posted in Banks, Economy, Environment, Events, Food, Government, Health, Local economies, Transition

25th-29th June | Schumacher College, Totnes, UK   What would the world look like if humans lived harmoniously with nature rather than creating environmental mayhem? What strategies can be employed to overcome the entrenched power of big business, big banks, and big government? We’ll dig into these questions in Earth, Culture, Economy, an open course at Schumacher College led by Helena Norberg-Hodge, […]

International Alliance for Localization: update

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economy, Local economies, Localisation, Microfinance, Politics, Transition

In December 2015 this blog reported Local Futures’ 2014 launch of a cross-cultural, North-South network of thinkers, activists and NGOs – the International Alliance for Localization (IAL) – with members from over 30 countries who meet online and/or in person – a few pictured below. Localise West Midlands later became one of the member organisations. Last July’s LWM blog – […]

Event: launch of post Brexit & Trump report commissioned by MEP

Posted Posted in Economics, Economy, Environment, EU, Globalisation, Local economies, Localisation, Trade, Transport

The Brexit vote and the election of Trump have been hailed as marking the reversal of the long trend towards increased globalisation. These changes possibly also mark the end of neoliberalism as the dominant ideology of our times. For opponents of what globalisation and neoliberalism have meant in practice these developments might be seen as welcome. Yet at the same […]

Towards a localised future: the rising global-to-local movement

Posted Posted in Education, Food, Globalisation, Local economies, Localisation, Trade

A New Economy Convergence This one-day meeting in London will provide an opportunity to take part in the rising global-to-local movement and to discuss the strategies required to move away from a corporate-led growth economy towards diverse local economies in service of people and planet. There will be news of inspiring initiatives worldwide aimed at resisting global trade treaties and […]

Update 2: International Alliance for Localisation

Posted Posted in Economy, Education, Food, Health, Local economies, Localisation, People power, Transition

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 […]

Considering policy-level changes needed for localisation initiatives to flourish and spread

Posted Posted in Economy, Environment, Events, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Politics, Sustainability, Transition

Those interested in ‘digging more deeply’ into the localisation movement are invited to make space in their calendar for a five-day Schumacher College course with Swedish-born localisation pioneer Helena Norberg-Hodge, who has worked in diverse cultures around the world and is almost uniquely able to address localisation from the perspective of both the global North and South. We remember her […]

Achieving food security by relocalisation and building up the resilience of our agricultural resources – three voices

Posted Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Export-led growth, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Politics, Regional economies, Transition, Water

At a meeting of Hadlow College’s Rural Focus Group, their Sustainability Champion, Dr Howard Lee, noted that DEFRA is committed to food security in principle but not to food self-sufficiency. The strategic contradiction is that succeeding governments have preferred to promote the export of agricultural and horticultural commodities. Coventry University’s Dr Julia Wright recommends building up the resilience of our […]