Local Bites

About the podcast

Local Bites is a podcast that tracks ideas and initiatives that resist corporate power, renew place-based economies, and preserve human and ecological well-being. Our goal is to feature the voices of activists and visionaries from all around the world who are driving creative grassroots initiatives that demonstrate the power of 'going local'. Produced by Local Futures, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the renewal of community, ecological health and local economies worldwide.
March 3, 2021 @ 7:36 am

Episode 17 - Beyond Conspiracy: Framing Meaningful Activism


You would struggle to find three individuals more equipped to navigate the big picture of global economic mega-structures and civilizational transformation than Tyson, Alnoor and Helena. Between them, they share a wealth of diverse experiences, radical analysis and bold future-visioning, as well as a healthy dose of banter and laughter. Their far-reaching conversation analyses conspiracy theory, the global financial system and capitalist ideology, while outlining the power of localization and sacred activism to build a radically different future. This one is well worth a listen.

Please write to info@localfutures.org with any comments and ideas for future topics/guests.

Intro music by Gillicuddy (CC BY-NC 3.0).

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November 20, 2020 @ 6:02 am

Episode 16 - Unpacking Global Empire from an Indigenous Perspective



Tyson Yunkaporta, author of Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World, joins Local Futures’ director Helena Norberg-Hodge to explore “right story” - cognitive frameworks that can help us navigate through the neo-colonial, techno-globalist age, and towards more interconnected, land-based futures. Touching on everything from marginal identities to electromagnetic pulses, from the local food movement to civilizational “apocalypse”, they outline the great necessity for all people to experience a “right of return”: to land, to community, to the local.

Related links:
Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World
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May 14, 2020 @ 1:11 pm

Episode 15 - More than Just the Vegetables

Photo by Peg Diaz
In this episode, we cover the inspiring story of the Copenhagen Food Coop, a member-owned alternative to mainstream grocery stores which allows people to not only have regular access to fresh local food, but also to make decisions about what foods the coop purchases and how the coop is run.
NOTE: This episode was recorded before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though some of the activities mentioned in this episode - such as community harvest celebrations and group farm visits  - are currently 'on hold', the work of the Copenhagen Food Coop and other groups to build strong local food economies has never been more important.
Related links:
- Website of the Copenhagen Food Coop
- Ökostart (toolkit for starting a food coop, created by the Copenhagen Food Coop) (site in Danish)
- Planet Local library
Intro music by Gillicuddy (CC BY-NC 3.0).
Please write to info@localfutures.org with any comments and ideas for future topics/guests!
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September 6, 2019 @ 9:16 am

Episode 14 - Food Sovereignty in the Global Economy

Photo by Peg Diaz
In this episode we speak with Judith Hitchman, the president of Urgenci, an international network of community-supported agriculture groups (CSAs). The conversation touches on decommodifying food, ISDS clauses, local food policy councils, and many more topics related to local food.
Related links:
- Urgenci - the international CSA network
- Article: 'Saving Japan’s seed heritage from “free trade”'
- Article: 'Tosepan - Resistance and Renewal in Mexico'
- Booklet: 'Localization: Essential Steps to an Economics of Happiness'
- Links to Organizations for Change
- 'Insane Trade' factsheet and short film
Photo by Peg Diaz (http://pegdiaz.com/)
Music by Gillicuddy: 1; 2; 3 (CC BY-NC 3.0).
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December 21, 2018 @ 11:05 am

Episode 13 - Transition, Tradition, and Trade

Juan del RioJuan del Río is a co-founder of the Spanish Transition Network, and author of the first book about the Transition movement to be published in Spanish. In this interview from the New Economy and Social Innovation (NESI) forum, he gives us his thoughts on economic transition, how different economic systems encode different values, how trade treaties threaten community resilience, and what we can do about it all.
Related links:
- Read about our work in Ladakh over the years
- Read the foreword to Juan's book about the Transition movement in Spain, by Transition founder Rob Hopkins
- The Spanish Transition Network (Red de Transición)
Photo: Juan giving a talk on the Transition movement.
Music by: Gillicuddy and Podington Bear (CC BY-NC 3.0).
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December 11, 2018 @ 3:51 pm

Episode 12 - Not-for-Profit Businesses

GoodwillFrom social enterprises to credit unions, a new wave of not-for-profit businesses is pushing back against the assumption that consumerism and competition must drive the economy. In this episode, we speak with Jen Hinton of the Post Growth Institute, co-author of a forthcoming book about how the line between businesses and not-for-profit organizations doesn’t have to be as rigid as you might think.
Related links:
- How On Earth - the website for the forthcoming book.
- 'Beyond capitalism: not-for-profit business ethos motivates sustainable behaviour', by Jen Hinton and Donnie Maclurcan, Oct 2014.
- Community-Wealth.org's factsheets about worker cooperatives, social enterprises, municipal enterprises, community development corporations, and community financial institutions.
Photo: Goodwill Industries, one of the first entities to blur the line between business and nonprofit.
Music by: Gillicuddy (CC BY-NC 3.0), Chris Zabriskie (CC BY 3.0), and Podington Bear (CC BY-NC 3.0).
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August 28, 2018 @ 10:55 am

Episode 11 - Love, Values, and Wellbeing Economies

wellbeing economyIn this episode, we chat with Diego Isabel La Moneda of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WE-All), a growing group of people and organizations around the world focused on co-creating a new economic system. The goal of WE-All is to bring businesses, NGOs, policymakers, faith-based groups, academics and citizens all together into a coherent global new economy movement, with a vision for change and a set of strategies for how to achieve it.

Related links:
- The Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WE-All) website
Photo by Pierre Ferron. Music by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY 4.0).
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July 25, 2018 @ 5:29 pm

Episode 10 - Growing a Farmers Market from the Ground Up

Feria VerdeFrancisco Grau is a co-founder of Feria Verde, one of the largest and oldest organic farmers markets in Costa Rica. In this episode, Local Futures' Associate Programs Director Anja Lyngbaek, sits down with Francisco to talk about how the market got started, how it’s kept itself running and thriving for nearly a decade, and what lessons Feria Verde has to offer for people thinking about starting farmers markets in their own communities.

Related links:
- Feria Verde's website (in Spanish)
- Feria Verde on Facebook
Photo by Francisco Grau. Music by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY 4.0), Doctor Turtle (CC BY 4.0), and Gillicuddy ("Jupiter the Blue" & "Springish"; CC BY-NC 3.0).
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May 18, 2018 @ 11:17 am

Episode 9 - Beautiful Places: A Conversation with Wendell Berry

Wendell BerryListen to a conversation between two giants of the local economy movement in this extended episode. Helena Norberg-Hodge founded Local Futures, produced the film The Economics of Happiness, and wrote the book Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh. Wendell Berry is a poet and activist, an author of over 40 books, and a lifelong advocate for ecological health, the beauty of rural life, and small-scale farming. Their far-reaching discussion touches on human nature, technology, experiential knowledge, agriculture policy, happiness, wildness, and local food systems.

Related links:
- Helena's biography
- Wendell's website and biography
- 'In Distrust of Movements'
- Wendell’s article on the 50-Year Farm Bill
Wendell’s newest book, The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings, published in 2017 just after this conversation was recorded
Music: "Is That You or Are You You?" by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY 4.0). Photo by Guy Mendes (CC BY-SA 3.0).
Write to seankeller@localfutures.org with your comments and ideas for future topics/guests.
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March 18, 2018 @ 7:03 pm

Episode 8 - Creating the Framework for a New Economy

Jay TomptIn this episode, Jay Tompt tells the story of the REconomy Centre. A little bit startup incubator, a little bit co-working space, and a little bit gift-economy networking hub, this "new economy wing of the Transition movement" emerged from an abandoned office building in Totnes, England to bridge political divides and help create the conditions needed for holistic local economies to emerge around the world.

Related links:
REconomy Centre Totnes
- The REconomy Project
- How to start a REconomy Group in your community
- The CTRL-Shift Summit (March 27-29, 2018)
- Planet Local: our library of inspiring grassroots projects

Music used:
Chris Zabriskie: "Is That You or Are You You?" (CC BY 4.0); Kevin Macleod: "Sonatina" (CC BY 3.0); Sean Keller: "Air"

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