Local Bites

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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.

Archive for December 2018

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

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

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