This Gateway is inspired by and honors the work of Local Futures and its pioneering contribution to the evolution of localization and the localization movement.
Localization is an essential foundation for social and ecological healing and regeneration.
The Localization movement is widely recognized by the global regeneration community as one of the most inspiring, hopeful and action-oriented movements for co-creating a thriving world that works for all.
In the spirit of renewal, this year 7 Days of Rest is honored to pay tribute to Local Futures who, since 1975, have been advocating for the radical renewal our economic systems and for community-led self-organization that is inspired by ancient wisdom and culture. Today their tireless work and creative initiatives have given rise to a worldwide movement for what has become known as Localization.
Localization is about co-creating local economies that cultivate healthy, resilient and vibrant local cultures, communities and ecosystems. Bringing our food, water, energy, waste and transport systems back to being locally managed is essential for ensuring the needs of all are met in a healthy and regenerative way.
We are delighted to share a glimpse into some of the inspiring resources and information that have all been gathered from the Local Futures website. You are invited to explore the Local Futures website for many more amazing materials and learn how to get involved and activate your local community!
world localization day
Among the many diverse initiatives and resources that have been created by Local Futures, we are highlighting World Localization Day and the Localization Action Guide. World Localization Day is an annual event that brings together leaders from diverse movements to share their wisdom and experience as an inspiring compass for transforming our social and ecological systems. The Localization Action Guide is an evolving set of practical and inspiring resources that enable people to take immediate action within their local communities in ways that are supported by the global movement.
Local Futures hosted World Localization Day for the first time in 2020. Diverse people & groups from around the world came together in an inspiring online program to celebrate localization and speak up for a global to local shift.
In 2021, with help from 80 partner organizations in 30 different countries, they created an even more ambitious month-long program that included international webinars, online confer-ences, face-to-face events, local food feasts, seed festivals, and more.
Visit the World Localization Day website to freely access webinars with world leaders in the fields of Localization.
Watch this 4-minute introduction to the event
honoring the founder of local futures, helena norberg-hodge
Linguist, author and film maker, Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of the international non-profit organisation, Local Futures, a pioneer of the new economy movement, and the convenor of World Localization Day.
She has helped to initiate localization movements on every continent, particularly in South Korea and Japan, and co-founded both the International Forum on Globalization and the Global Ecovillage Network.
Helena is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Right Livelihood Award (aka the “Alternative Nobel Prize”), the Arthur Morgan Award and the Goi Peace Prize for contributing to “the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.”
We are deeply grateful to Helena and her team for making this material available for us to share.
localization action guide
Local Futures created the Localization Action Guide to offer tangible ways to make a real difference today; equip individuals, communities and organizations to take action; and empower a localization movement on a global scale. This guide offers practical actions that don't just treat symptoms, but begin to address root causes.
Let’s take action now to support, renew and celebrate vibrant communities and thriving environments!
You can explore the Localization Action Guide below or visit the website
international alliance for localization (ial)
Local Futures established the International Alliance for Localization as part of our work to build a localization movement powerful enough to turn the global tide. The IAL unites diverse groups and individuals in both North and South — from business leaders and labor unions to farmers, social justice activists and environmentalists — who share a common vision of localization as a powerful solution multiplier. Over 1800 people and groups from 58 different countries have joined the IAL to date.
films & organizations for change
Click on the button below to discover a vast collection of inspiring, thought-provoking films curated by Local Futures. In each category they've’ve included films that expose destructive consequences of the dominant growth- and consumerism-based economy, as well as those that showcase positive, transformative alternatives and solutions.
Addressing today’s most pressing problems necessitates acts of both resistance and renewal. Effective (and enjoyable!) change, in both cases, requires collective action – linking hands with like-minded people. There is a flourishing of organizations everywhere working to create a better world. Use the following list to discover, support, and join some of them!
inspiring groups connected to the localization movement
Transition is a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world. Here we explain what it is, why people do it, how the movement started and give you a sense of our underpinning principles and approach.
The Global Ecovillage Network envisions a world of empowered citizens and communities, designing and implement-ing pathways to a regenerative future, while building bridges of hope and international solidarity.
Permaculture integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies – imitating the no waste, closed loop systems seen in diverse natural systems. Permaculture studies and applies holistic solutions that are applicable in rural and urban contexts at any scale.
COmmunecter is an open source, territorial network with endless possibilities. It's territorial approach and provides an open toolbox for all local stakeholders (citizens, NGOs, local businesses, government and public organizations), that gives the opportunity to publish its Informations, to create a network, dynamics, or develop links within a given territory.
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