Invitation: Helena Norberg-Hodge
“I have seen how the global economy destroys people’s fundamental relationships with one another and the Earth by breaking down interdependent local economies.
“To counter this, I believe that we need community and political engagement in the form of resistance and renewal – resistance to further globalisation, along with the renewal of localised systems in food, energy, finance and other sectors of the economy. I’m convinced that this is the most strategic path towards genuine sustainability”.
She sends an invitation to the forthcoming Economics of Happiness conference in Bristol, October 19-21.
ISEC is working in collaboration with Happy City and the former mayor of Bristol. Jonathan will be chairing.
Helena explains: “Localization is not about eliminating international trade, or reducing all economic activity to a village level, but about shifting the power from transnational corporations to nation states, while simultaneously building up regional self-reliance”.
Two Local Futures initiatives: Planet Local and the International Alliance on Localization
Planet Local is a web series showcasing inspiring localization initiatives from around the world. The series highlights diverse examples of localization in action in such areas as community renewable energy, local food and farming, local economy, eco-villages, alternative education, radical democracy, the local commons, and more. Planet Local demonstrates that the movement for localization is broader and more diverse than many people realize, manifesting as a powerful mosaic of small-scale solutions happening on a planet-wide scale. The series aims to inspire a politics of hope, grounded in actual existing projects that too often go unnoticed by the mainstream media.
People and groups from 58 different countries have joined the International Alliance
The International Alliance for Localisation (IAL) was originally conceived as a way to formalise and expand this informal network of groups and individuals who are working on issues that fall under the broad umbrella of this global-to-local shift network. The hope is that the IAL will help to catalyse a powerful global movement for localisation.
The general public and even most local groups themselves are often unaware that they are, in fact, part of a rapidly growing worldwide localisation movement. We believe that linking together these groups that are currently operating in isolation can greatly strengthen them all.
Here are some of the key individuals who have been part of the consensus-building process:
- Michael Shuman, one of the first economists to promote localisation;
- Camila Moreno, a Brazilian trade and agriculture activist;
- Bayo Akomolafe, a Nigerian writer, researcher and storyteller;
- Manish Jain, an ‘unlearning’ advocate and co-founder of India’s Swaraj University;
- Carlo Sibilia, a member of Italy’s 5 Star Movement;
- Keibo Oiwa, a leader of Japan’s ‘Slow Life’ movement;
- Yoji Kamata, founder of the Ancient Futures Association of Japan;
- Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics and The Ascent of Humanity;
- Judy Wicks, co-founder of BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies);
- Carol Black, director and editor of the film Schooling the World;
- Richard Heinberg, ‘peak oil’ expert and author;
- Ross Jackson, founder of the Global Ecovillage Network;
- and Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
The mission of the IAL is two-fold: to facilitate dialogue and collaboration among the multitude of groups and individuals who are engaged in grass-roots localisation initiatives; and also to enable this diverse localisation movement to speak with a more unified voice in resistance to further globalisation – one loud and powerful enough to break through the ‘noise’ of corporate-dominated political and economic discourse.