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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.

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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 17 - Beyond Conspiracy: Framing Meaningful Activism

    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.

    • 47 min
    Episode 16 - Unpacking Global Empire from an Indigenous Perspective

    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

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 15 - More than Just the Vegetables

    Episode 15 - More than Just the Vegetables

    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!

    • 24 min
    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

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