We live in a world of enormous changes. They are already taking place and they will become even more dominating during coming decades. Among them are climate change, which will change the living conditions for ALL communities on this planet. I also talk about digitalization that is already connecting commerce, information exchange and learning across the entire planet. Early in my carrier while working for UN organizations, I was able travel and see the coming changes for myself, but very few outside the network of development organizations seemed to recognize the signs of a new and very different world order in development. Today everyone is aware of climate change and globalization and we are wondering how will that affect me, my family and my kids?
While government struggle at the national and international level, we at the local level must cooperate too. We must strengthen our local communities in order to be able to adapt and become resilient. A few years ago I came across an organization called Local Futures. It ”works to renew ecological, social and spiritual well-being by promoting a systemic shift towards economic localization”. I know no better online college for this purpose than Local Futures. Familiarize yourself with their online programme and take their material to your own gatherings and meetings. Local Future is an online college offering you the strength you will need to meet the challenges ahead. Below is a very brief summary of their survival strategy. To get the full picture go to their web site https://www.localfutures.org/ and when you feel you are ready become an active member!
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.
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.
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