While you may want to stretch your legs after months of lockdown, keeping some new, pandemic-inspired aspects of local life and even deepening them collectively will be needed to combat systemic challenges like climate change and extreme wealth inequality.
Shareable’s Neal Gorenflo will kick things off by briefly sharing his lessons learned from a just-concluded, year-long life experiment in local living. This will be the starting point for a higher-level discussion with Stacy Mitchell, Executive Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), futurist Jose Ramos, Director of Action Foresight, and you.
Our discussion will explore the structural opportunities and barriers for a more local, civically engaged, and sustainable way of life including how COVID-19 changed the prospects for more localized economies. The discussion will offer a mix of practical advice, systemic analysis of the current state of local economies, and visionary scenarios for the future.
Three expert panelists will take the discussion from the personal, lived experience level to the structural changes needed for a crisis-averting social-ecological transition. The discussion will include considerations such as race, class, place, culture, infrastructure, and market structure. However, we’ll do this with a minimum of formality in something akin to a fireside chat.
The panel discussion will be followed by Q&A. Bring your questions and ideas!
The event also launches Shareable’s new e-book “A Year of Living Locally” based on Gorenflo’s year-long experiment with a foreward by co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Stacy Mitchell, and full of ILSR’s top resources for going local. All attendees will get a copy of the ebook after the event. You can also download the ebook here.
Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its Independent Business Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a broad range of allies to design and implement policies to reverse corporate concentration and strengthen local enterprise. Mitchell’s award-winning reports and articles about the dangers of concentrated economic power have influenced policymakers, journalists, and advocates in the U.S. and beyond. You can learn more about Stacy here.
Jose Ramos, Ph.D is an academically-trained futurist and director of Action Foresight, a leading provider of foresight services to a broad range of organizations across sectors to help them envision and create the future they want. His recent research explores the concept and emerging trend of cosmo-local production, which is epitomized by the design global, make local ethos of makerspaces, hackerspaces, and fablabs everywhere. Is cosmo-localism a template for future local economies? He’s one of the best people in the world to discuss this future scenario. You can learn more about Jose here.
Neal Gorenflo is the Executive Director of Shareable, an award-winning nonprofit news outlet, action network, and consultancy focused on the latest innovations in resource sharing. He’s an author, speaker, consultant, activist, and editor of multiple books including, “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons.” In 2011, he co-founded the Sharing Cities movement, now in over 100 cities worldwide. He helps organizations and governments around the world meet their goals through sharing. He’s recently concluded blogging a one-year life experiment called, The Year of Living Locally, to explore a more coherent, commons-based, and sustainable local lifestyle.