Localization: A Global Manifesto by Colin Hines

By Colin Hines

Publish 12 months note: Ffirst released March 1st 2000

Localization is a manifesto to unite all those that realize the significance of cultural, social and ecological variety for our destiny - and who don't aspire to a monolithic worldwide customer tradition. it's a passionate and persuasive polemic, not easy the claims that we've got to be 'internationally competitive' to outlive and describing the harmful effects of globalization. This ebook is exclusive in going past easily criticizing loose alternate and globalization traits. It information self-reinforcing rules to create neighborhood self-sufficiency and indicates in actual fact that there's an alternative choice to globalization - to guard the neighborhood, globally.

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3 The first seven of these are concerned with material issues which are dependent on a mixture of internal and external sources. The last three are concerned with the life of the community itself – its internal relationships, activities and its capacity to take a major role from within in the decision-making areas which govern development. The ten criteria are: 1 2 3 4 5 6 good housing, shops and other facilities, accessible to all with the help of high-quality, reliable public transport; good education, training and work opportunities and a flourishing local economy that stimulates local enterprise and meets local needs; diverse wildlife and good air, water and soil quality; low energy use and waste, coupled with warm homes and resourceefficient businesses; sustainable lifestyles, requiring less unhealthy and unnecessary consumption and resource use, encouraged and facilitated by education, information and opportunities supporting lifestyle change; a safe and healthy environment, contributing to people’s physical, mental and social well-being; Localization – Increasing Community Renewal 39 7 quality information enabling the monitoring of social, economic and environmental progress; 8 a vibrant and creative culture, characterized by thriving community groups and pride in the local economy; 9 high levels of public participation in decision making, including often-excluded groups; 10 the means to facilitate on-going improvements in the area.

Examples include tax incentives for foreign investment rather than support for local firms, or making a locality an export zone. Finally, more and more national priorities are subsumed to the demands of regional and international free trade agreements, eg competitive tax cutting, low environmental and labour standards, wages and security (see Part Three). Priorities of the Local A key end-goal is to ensure that the transition to a more localized economy has at its core the aims of providing basic needs sustainably, improving human rights, reducing the power gaps between different groupings and genders, and increasing equity and democratic control over decision making.

It is individuals, working independently and collectively, that form the fabric of community life. ’5 Historically, significant community development tends mostly to take place when people in a local community are committed to investing their time, skills and resources in the effort. 6 They found that a key was to ‘map’ their local human, institutional and resource assets and to combine and mobilize these strengths to build stronger, more self-reliant communities and hence local economies. This consists of utilizing individuals’ skills, the local associations where people assemble to solve problems or share common interests, and the more formal institutions which are located in the community.

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