In mid-2015, this new initiative from members of the Transition Network (global Transition Town group) will launch, with the goal of charting the already-existing pieces of the decentralized economy of the future. In essence, they’ll be charting much of our Evolutionary Strategy, which, as many of you have surely noted, also takes place Close to Home.
Introductory essay by Jules Peck: “…the alternative future is already (partly) here, emerging in pockets of light around the world. Aside from nearly 500 Transition initiatives worldwide, there is a vast and increasing array of practitioning and thinking around what is being called the ‘new economy.’ As Professor Gar Alperovitz has recently said, ‘just below the surface of media attention literally thousands of grass roots institution-changing, wealth-democratizing efforts have been quietly developing.’”
Current site of Jules Peck, one of the initiators of the Real Economy Lab; includes several recent introductory essays.
Get a taste of the resources and active nodes in this new economy that Real Economy Lab will bring together
Tags: close to home strategy, dreamer, evolutionary strategy, financial assets, personal assets
Shannon Hayes, also known as the “Radical Homemaker” shares suggestions on what constitutes smart investing without needing constant growth in income. Read article.
Tags: close to home strategy, learning, personal assets
The UK-based Transition Network is a resource for communities that are self-organizing around the Transition model by creating initiatives that focus on rebuilding resilience and reducing CO2 emissions. The Network offers numerous types of information to support such efforts. It includes a directory of projects around the world. Visit website.
Tags: climate, close to home strategy, collaboration, community groups, personal assets
Chris Martenson runs a website called “Peak Prosperity” which is dedicated to helping readers to understand and prepare for the many huge changes that are underway in the areas that Martenson calls “the 3 E’s” – economy, energy and environment. It’s a member-supported site (charging a monthly membership fee) that also contains a deep and wide offering of resources available to all, including forums and resources for practical preparedness actions. While more oriented toward breakdown that we tend to be, his Crash Course is a useful complement to the fundamental thinking behind our resilient investing planning. Visit website.
The Crash Course is a series of free video courses that provide context for the many complex challenges in today’s world that promise to bring great change in years ahead. A book and DVD are also available. Learn more.
Tags: close to home strategy, personal assets
This site features a wide range of free how-to resources on home energy systems and efficiency retrofits, including hundreds of plans for DIY projects from changing a light bulb to creating renewable energy systems. Visit website.
Tags: close to home strategy, dyi, home energy systems, renewable energy, tangible assets, your home
Center for a New American Dream offers a wealth of resources for building community engagement and resilience. A Community Action Kit consists of two downloadable action guides, Guide to Sharing and Guide to Going Local, as well as a great set of resources for growing a local food system. Each is geared toward helping people organize and implement locally-based projects, with concrete project ideas, step-by-step tips, video stories, and more. A linked series of webinars contains tips and ideas from people who have already completed successful projects. Center for a New American Dream also contains a wealth of other programs around the themes of “Beyond Consumerism” and “Redefining the Dream.” Visit website.
Tags: close to home strategy, collaboration, community groups, learning, lifestyle, local investments, regional food systems, sharing economy
Center for a New American Dream provides guidance on strengthening local food systems and keeping dollars circulating locally. Visit website.
Tags: close to home strategy, collaboration, local investment, regional food systems, tangible assets
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance sponsors a Waste to Wealth program that helps communities turn waste into resources. This program collaborates with businesses, activists, and policymakers to reduce waste generation and provide community development opportunities through reuse, recovery, and re-manufacturing of “waste” materials and their byproducts. The website includes examples, lists of partners, and lots of resources. Visit website.
Tags: close to home strategy, collaboration, community groups, local, tangible assets
This website is a Capital Institute offering that contains numerous stories and examples of locally-based regenerative products and projects, designed to inspire others. Includes tales of local finance, land & food, and urban projects. Visit website.
Tags: close to home strategy, collaboration, community groups, evolutionary strategy, farming, local, tangible assets
Slow Money has catalyzed the formation of about two dozen regional chapters and over a dozen investing clubs that support investments in farms and other regional food enterprises, mostly in the form of loans. Slow Money also accepts donations in support of this work. This page features interesting examples of action and investment by local Slow Money chapters.
Tags: close to home strategy, evolutionary strategy, financial assets, food, regional food systems, tangible assets
A 173p workbook detailing how to spearhead economic development from a local economy perspective; co-authored by Michael Shuman. Free preview; purchase the workbook. Visit website to learn more.
Tags: activism, close to home strategy, financial assets, local investments