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158: A New Paradigm for Development

Monday, December 28th, 2009

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pm158_150.jpgThe corporate capitalist system is destroying people and the planet. Can we imagine alternatives? Ravi Logan and Jason Schreiner’s model is based on valuing our interrelatedness and interdependency within the natural world. It replaces profit-driven with cooperative enterprises, and emphasizes a balance between local self-reliance and bioregional networks, with some global structures to meet global needs like telecommunications. They describe applying permaculture principles like the zone approach in on-the-ground projects in Eugene, Oregon. (www.proutinstitute.org) Listen to audio. Read transcript.

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144 Local Living Economies - Protecting What We Love

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

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pm144_150.jpgJudy Wicks’ love of place has made widening ripples on a global scale. She’s the founder of BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies), a national network of sustainable, small businesses. After moving onto a quaint street in Philadelphia, she learned it was slated to be torn down. Organizing her community, she saved the block as a walkable community. She opened White Dog Cafe coffee shop on the first floor of her home, which grew to a large restaurant proudly serving food from local farmers.

Reading John Robbins’ Diet for a New America about the cruel treatment of factory farm animals, she located small family farmers and created a cruelty-free menu. Rather than hoard this proprietary information, she founded a local sustainable business network based on cooperation between businesses, and later the national organization BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies). (www.livingeconomies.org, www.whitedog.com)

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121 Helping Local Food Businesses Thrive

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

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pm121_150.jpgWendy Siporen coordinates The Rogue Initiative for a Vital Economy (THRIVE), which helps small locally-owned businesses not just to thrive, but be more sustainable as well. A “Food Connection” directory enables local businesses to buy from one another. Their “Rogue Flavor” campaign helps consumers find locally produced food at farm stands, restaurants, and markets. Tasty ideas from the one-week “Eat Local Challenge”: cooking classes, films, and a meal cooked from all-local products from the growers market. Yum! [www.thriveoregon.org, www.rogueflavor.org]

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75: Sustainable Connections - Transforming a Community Through Local Business

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

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pm75_150.jpgMichelle Long shows us how a highly successful local independent business network has transformed Bellingham, Washington, while inspiring other communities. From an initial “Think Local First” program, they have expanded to business peer mentoring, and support for local food producers, sustainable buildings, and green energy. An astounding sixty percent of their community are not only aware of the Think Local, Buy Local, Be Local campaign but have changed their buying habits. [www.sustainableconnections.org]

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69: Social Effects of Peak Oil

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

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pm69_150.jpgHow will rising oil prices affect low- and middle-class lives? Sociologist and professor Rowan Wolf sees at-risk populations growing while government services and class divides are increasingly strained. A member of the Portland Peak Oil Task Force, she discusses relocalizing our economies, to counter globalization based on an unsupportable grow-or-die economic model. [www.uncommonthought.com/mtblog]

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66: Boulder County Going Local!

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

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pm66_150.jpgMichael Brownlee didn’t stop after creating the Boulder Valley Relocalization group. He’s catalyzing Boulder County’s Going Local! campaign, encouraging residents to buy local first, eat and grow local food, create local energy and local currency. The community will celebrate at a “Renaissance of Local” festival, conference and expo with a feast prepared by the local Slow Food group.

(Boulder County Going Local became Transition Boulder and then Transition Colorado.)

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