From the Local Futures website, it says: Poverty, climate change, the breakdown of democracy, an epidemic of depression – the world is facing a convergence of crises.
The cause? Economic globalization.
We are all under the dominance of an economic system which is hard to escape. But there is a way out. It is called Localization.
Our conversation with Anja Lyngbaek of Local Futures takes a deep dive into the root causes, how we arrived at this point and understanding the opportunities for systematic change.
We will introduce the differences between globalization and localization and the benefits of economic and social localization, an understanding of how we big transnational corporations have influenced our politics, our policies and our ways of life.
We are going to discuss not only the benefits of going Local, but how going Local is actually taking place in communities all around the world.
Economic globalization is a process defined by the deregulation of trade and finance in order to enable businesses and banks to operate globally. Since at least the mid-20th century, national governments and international institutions have been nearly unanimous in supporting globalization, often through policies that prop up large transnational corporations to the detriment of small and local businesses. With the help of these policies, a single world market has emerged.
Anja Lyngbaek, Associate Programs Director of Local Futures has worked with Local Futures on a number of projects since 1986, among other as coordinator of the UK Local Food Programme, the International Alliance for Localization and the International Economics of Happiness Conference Series.
She is currently coordinating World Localization Day 2021.