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Economic Localization

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Economic Localization
The End of an Era
Fund Ourselves


Multiplier
Effect
Community-Supported
Equity
Cooperatives
Examples
oceans
atmosphere
landfills
Sinks
are full!
The Amazon—the world’s largest absorber of carbon dioxide, holding nearly 86 billion metric tons of carbon (about 11 years of recent carbon dioxide emissions)—is being destroyed at an alarming rate.
Over the last five months of 2007, more than 1,250 sq. miles—about the size of the U.S. state of Rhode Island, was deforested.
twice the size of
TEXAS
What is it?
Redefine
Economic Development

History
forests
Society
History is a tree of possibilities,
in which critical events and decisions
are branch points defining one
of many alternative pathways.
Your Role
Stone Age
Early Civilization
Industrial Revolution
Modern Age
GM:
May 2007: 31+ per share
May 2009: .75 per share
Citibank:
May 2007: 55+ per share
May 2009: 3.72 per share
Of the 10 largest bankruptcies in US history,
5 have happened this year:

* Lehman Bros
* Washington Mutual
* GM
* Chrysler
* Thornburg Mortgage
Unemployment rate:
9.4%
National Debt:
$11,395,755,195,142
The National Debt continues to increase
an average of $3.87 billion per day
306,318,671 -- so each
citizen's share is $37,202
Researchers find a 6:1 ration of plastic to zooplankton
Oceans
Forests
Landfills
Atmosphere
People
Research by NOAA indicate
that the effects of global warming
are already irreversible.
YardBirds bought by home depot.
Only two of the five stores were reopened,
three were closed permanently.
Extreme weather
Increased evaporation
Glacier retreat and disappearance
Sea level rise
Temperature rise
Acidification
Shutdown of thermohaline circulation
Oxygen depletion

Positive feedback effects
Methane release from melting permafrost peat bogs
Methane release from hydrates
Forest fires
Retreat of sea ice

Economic and social Effects
Insurance
Transport
Effects on agriculture
Flood defense
Migration
Ecological productivity
Water scarcity
Health
Security
support economic localization
step into the opportunity
Climate iniatives
AB811
Resolution
Economic Localization Innovation Team
Food Localization
Energy Localization - Community Choice
Land Use Policies
Experimental Zoning Overlays
Local Manufacturing
Office of Sustainability
Sustainability Center with Green Job Incubator
Locally
Issued
Credit

Local Jobs
Community Character
Reduced GHG Emissions
Security & Resiliency
Economic
Localization
internet
electrification
modern agriculture
health care
tools
fire
We can make this transition
to a sustainable economy
and livable world.
Getting our needs met with efficiency
Producing more of what we need locally
Reducing "leakage"
Keeping things the appropriate size
Investing in ourselves, our communities, our children and grandchildren's future
* The system of production and distribution and consumption
* The efficient use of resources; "economy of effort"
* Frugality in the expenditure of money or resources
* Effective management of the resources of a community or system
Exchange Bank
Traditional Medicinals
Olivers Market
Community First Credit Union
Summit State Bank
Friedman's Home Improvement
Osmosis
Taylor Maid Farms
Digi-Type
Codding Enterprises
Western Farm Supply
Clone Digital Printing
Corrick's Office Supply
Andy's Market
Village Art Supply
Allen Land Design
Revolution Moto
First Light Farms
Wyatt Irrigation Supply Inc.
EmpireReport.org
Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce
Imaginists Theater Collective
Sonoma Compost Co. LLC
Sonoma County Meat Buying Club
Zazu Restaurant and Farm
Bovolo
Black Pig Meat Company
KRCB Public Broadcasting
Groove Studio
Alvarado Street Bakery
Community Market
Guayaki Sustainable Rainforest Products
Indigineous Designs Corporation
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, LLC
Ordinary Miracles
Global Genesis
Natural Investment Services, Inc
Restorative Technologies
Abacus Wealth Partners, LLC
Authentic Branding
Integral Human Capital
Stillpoint Family Health
Follen & Co.
Vinovation, Inc.
Performance Management Institute, Inc.
Globalloon Enterprise Solutions
Mary Luttrell Mgmt Consulting Services
Far Fetched Imports, Inc.
Wine Country Brass
Wavecrest Ventures
Social Equity Group
Old World Winery
Dierk's Parkside Cafe
Dig The Nursery
Lamontscapes
MJ Everson Financial
Empire Floors
Sirius Mac Solutions, LLC
Matt Kramer Voice Mapping
Marsha Sendar, MSPT, CNC
Craig M. Stainbrook Attorney-at-Law
Green Banners
Sprint
Alana Jelinek Design
Cricket Landscapes
CrossFit Sebastopol/West County Play Station
Gleason Ranch
Rileystreet Art Supply
Grapevine Trading Co. Inc
Pure Skin Advanced Skin Care Center
Graton Ridge Cellars
North Coast Solar
GoLocal Services
Benefits
Economic localization occurs when a region, county, city—even a neighborhood—frees itself from overdependence on the global economy and invests in local resources to produce a significant portion of the goods, services, food, and energy it consumes.

We believe a strategy that brings production of vital goods and services close to home is more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable than a strategy based on economic globalization.

Redefining Progress
What do our local businesses think of this?
Economy
Agriculture
Business
Real Estate
Rapid, unlimited growth
Limited accountability
Globalization
Concentrated wealth
Extraction from the commons
Competition
Limits
Responsibility
Equity
Sustainability
Transparency
Cooperation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNS8IY_Td14
Plentywood, Montana
Powell, Wyoming
Ely, Nevada
Middlebury, Vermont
Saranac Lake, New York
Greenfield Mercantile, Massachusettes
http://www.greenfieldmercantile.com/index.html
Leakage
Credit Card Debt
Mortgages
Shopping
Sources
http://www.urban.org
http://www.insightcced.org//
Mervyns
Circuit City
Expo Design Center
Good Guys
Gottschalks
Levitz Furniture
Chrysler Dealerships
Ford Dealerships
Comp USA
Opportunities
Food
Healthcare
Childcare
Eldercare
Water
Energy
Mondragón Cooperative Corporation
150 companies
42,000 worker-owners
43 schools
1 college
4.8 billion dollars of business
Intervale
Farm Incubator
350 acres of farmland
nursery
compost production
trails
wildlife corridors
was a landfill
www.civiceconomic.org
www.ilsr.org
We hold
the future
in our hands
Import Substitution
Food
Plants
Seeds
Processing
Exporting
where do we go from here?
how does it work?
how do we fund economic localization?
Home Depot Focus
Kelley Rajala
www.golocal.coop
Thank you
Our operating system is broken
Now is the time for
long-term investment
in ourselves,our families,
our neighbors and our
locally-owned businesses.
We need a
collective vision
for a better future
It will take collaboration
and a critical mass
transportation
Its population on 31 December 2007 was 22,112.
Resources
1 in 2 men
1 in 3 women
Fresh Food Financing Initiative
Leveraged 30M to 120M
New Market Tax Credits
Sonoma County Credit Card Debt
$8,700 per household
TOTAL = 1.5 billion
14.3% Interest Rate
214 million in interest
GO LOCAL FIRST!
globalization
government, residents & business
PhilaHealthia
Health
Cooperative

Educate
Engage
Formalize
Sustain
backed by what?
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