Topic: Politics and Public Policy

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Published April 2017

View the recordings of these online discussions, organized by Local Futures, which address key issues in the debate around economic globalization and localization - from food and energy to education, trade, and the role of activists. Guests include Bill McKibben, Charles Eisenstein, Richard Heinberg, Manish Jain, Michael Shuman, and more.

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Published December 2015

This paper, released in the wake of the 2015 Paris climate talks, argues that globalization, the deregulation of trade and finance through free trade treaties, is the driving force behind climate change. As a result, the climate problem can only be tackled effectively if governments stop subsidizing globalization, and pursue localization instead.

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Published January 2015

Planet Local is Local Futures' project to highlight and catalog the diverse examples of localization springing up all over the planet. Our examples listed range from local business and finance to local food, health, community rights, place-based education, energy, eco-communities, and more.

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Published September 2016

From trade to finance, from food to climate, from education to energy, the negative impacts of globalization have affected every part of the world's economies. This report summarizes those impacts, and provides a detailed listing of policy shifts and grassroots initiatives that can move the world towards the local.

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Published July 2016

Cities should align their procurement practices with policy goals to encourage community wealth-building while creating high-quality jobs for local residents. This CommonBound 2016 Panel features organizers and local government leaders applying these principles.

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Published July 2016

The new economy is rich in experiments and examples, but can these various efforts actually build up to challenge, displace, and ultimately replace our current economic system? Three panelists explore ambitious yet pragmatic strategies over the long term for our organizing, activism, and institutional development. Clear, articulated theories of change can better guide the movement to boldly transform corporate capitalism and create a just and sustainable future.

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Published July 2016

For too long public policy has rigged the market to favor big corporations, undermining small, locally owned businesses, especially those launched by women and people of color. Now local businesses and activists across the country are working to change the rules to instead support community enterprises. In this CommonBound 2016 workshop leaders of these efforts look at how cities and states can expand financing for local businesses, keep commercial space affordable, end corporate subsidies, better support entrepreneurs of color, and more. 

 

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Published May 2017

This panel, held at NEC's 2017 Member Gathering in Chicago, features leaders from across the country sharing how their communities have organized to simultaneously fight back far-right attacks and build powerful bottom-up solutions that model economic democracy, sustainability, and social justice as cornerstones of a new world in waiting.

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Published October 2015

A white paper mapping out a just transition strategy for nuclear power plant communities and energy replacement scenarios. Concludes that the reactor's entire electricity output could be replaced by lower-cost, clean energy resources, and that worker and community transition support would be cost-effective.

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Published July 2017

Few Americans are aware of the steady build-up of innovative community wealth building strategies throughout the United States. Community-Wealth.org is a resouce library which brings together, for the first time, information about the broad range of community wealth building activity.

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