14 episodes

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.

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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.

    Episode 14 - Food Sovereignty in the Global Economy

    Episode 14 - Food Sovereignty in the Global Economy

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

    • 19 min
    Episode 13 - Transition, Tradition, and Trade

    Episode 13 - Transition, Tradition, and Trade

    Juan 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.

    • 13 min
    Episode 12 - Not-for-Profit Businesses

    Episode 12 - Not-for-Profit Businesses

    From 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.

    • 15 min
    Episode 11 - Love, Values, and Wellbeing Economies

    Episode 11 - Love, Values, and Wellbeing Economies

    In 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).
     
    Write to info@localfutures.org with your comments and ideas for future topics/guests.
     

    • 12 min
    Episode 10 - Growing a Farmers Market from the Ground Up

    Episode 10 - Growing a Farmers Market from the Ground Up

    Francisco 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).
     
    Write to info@localfutures.org with your comments and ideas for future topics/guests.
     

    • 22 min
    Episode 9 - Beautiful Places: A Conversation with Wendell Berry

    Episode 9 - Beautiful Places: A Conversation with Wendell Berry

    Listen 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.
     

    • 53 min

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