Across the world millions of people are actively resisting the process of corporate globalization while simultaneously creating viable local alternatives in the here and now. This powerful emerging movement represents a radical departure from ‘business as usual’. In place of the imposition of a single, global world economy, the new paradigm seeks ‘a world that embraces many worlds’ – an adapting biocultural mosaic rather than a global monoculture. Proponents of this approach call for ‘small scale on a large scale’ rather than one-size-fits-all, ‘too big to fail’ blueprints. In turn, the kind of solutions that are being generated flow from diversity, are attentive to the ecological particularities of place, are more responsive to social needs, and are often far more equitable, participatory and democratic.
Buy local first
Keeping money circulating locally will help reinvigorate the local economy and generate desperately needed jobs. If you are a business owner, source locally for your supplies and services whenever possible and engage in fair and sustainable (‘translocal’) trade for those goods that can’t be sourced locally.
The 3/50 Project
Local Multiplier Effect
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
Start or support a “Local First” campaign in your town or city
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies - Local First
The New Economic Foundation's Local Multiplier 3
Crossroads Resource Center
Join, start or support a local worker cooperative
Help create more equitable and democratic local economies
Join, start or support a local consumer cooperative
Start a local social enterprise
Join, start or support a local business alliance
Join, start or support a network of local cooperatives
Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives (NoBAWC)
Move your money from Wall Street banks and giant financial corporations into a trusted local community bank or credit union.
Start or support a local banking campaign
Resources for starting a local banking campaign in your community
Help start or participate in a local currency initiative in your community
Find local food
Start a "Buy Fresh, Buy Local" chapter in your community
Join or start a Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA)
Join or start a farmers’ markets or a mini-farmers market
USDA Resources for starting a farmers' market
Find a community food co-op near you
Start a community food co-op
Start a worker-owned local food co-op
Start a local food buying club
Start a community food enterprise
Join the young farmers movement!
Start a school garden
Start a farm-to-institution campaign
Encourage local hospitals, universities and government institutions to source from sustainable local farms.
Farm to school
Farm to college
Farm to hospital
Join or start a community garden or allotment in your neighborhood
Start a community seed bank
Start a community farm or community land trust
Start a homeless garden project
Start a food justice campaign
Support the development of clean decentralized energy
Start a Community Choice campaign
Encouraging your local municipality to buy local clean energy.