“The local challenges created by globalization can be partly countered by economic localization. It starts with communities supporting local business rather than giving subsidies such as tax breaks and free utility hook-ups to large, non-local businesses, as is so often done. In fact, half of all private-sector U.S. jobs are still provided by small businesses, and almost all of these businesses are local. Moreover, local dollars have a multiplier effect—when spent within the regional economy, they increase local wealth, local taxes, jobs, charitable contributions, tourism, and entrepreneurship. Local economic development benefits everyone—except maybe big multinational corporations.”
– Richard Heinberg
Welcome to the fifth chapter of the Think Resilience course: Economy and Society. In this session, we’ll explore the economic and equity aspects of our sustainability crises and how they influence community resilience:
- Lesson 16- How Globalization Undermines Resilience
- Lesson 17- Economic Relocalization
- Lesson 18- Social Justice
- Lesson 19- Education
You are invited to participate in @WhatsNextForEarth’s art call Economic Relocalization, open until April 30, 2023. What’s Next for Earth is a participative art project on Instagram that invites artists to respond to a bi-monthly topic, reflecting on the human predicament. An online exhibition will be on view on this website and the MAHB website, in the arts section.
How to participate
Important note: You need an Instagram account that is public to participate in What’s Next for Earth.
Sign up for the THINK RESILIENCE FREE ONLINE COURSE if you did not do it before. The best is to watch all the lessons before this one to get an overview of the Human Predicament. Each video is related to the previous one. If you do not have the time, PLEASE READ THE VIDEO TRANSCRIPT of “Economic Relocalization,” lesson 17.
1. Please make artwork or share a project in response to the Think Resilience lesson #17: Economic Relocalization.
2. Post it on your Instagram page. Include a description of your piece in your photo’s caption: – – title, technique, size,
– explain how it relates to the theme
– Choose an excerpt of the lesson (you can copy and paste from the video transcript).
3. Copy and paste all these tags at the end of your description – select the whole list (from top to bottom), and copy and paste them in your post right after the description of your piece:
Follow What’s Next for Earth on Instagram!
Think Resilience Course
“Acting without this understanding
is like putting a bandage on a life-threatening injury.”
Think Resilience is hosted by Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s leading experts on the urgency and challenges of moving society away from fossil fuels.
We live in a time of tremendous political, environmental, and economic upheaval. What should we do?
Think Resilience is an online course offered by Post Carbon Institute to help you get started on doing something. It features twenty-two video lectures—about four hours total—by Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s foremost experts on the urgency and challenges of transitioning society away from fossil fuels. Think Resilience is rooted in Post Carbon Institute’s years of work in energy literacy and community resilience. It packs a lot of information into four hours, and by the end of the course you’ll have good start on two important skills:
1. How to make sense of the complex challenges society now faces. What are the underlying, systemic forces at play? What brought us to this place? Acting without this understanding is like putting a bandage on a life-threatening injury.
2. How to build community resilience. While we must also act in our individual lives and as national and global citizens, building the resilience of our communities is an essential response to the 21st century’s multiple sustainability crises.
The links take you to the corresponding What’s Next for Earth’s online exhibitions:
CHAPTER 1: Our Converging Crises
- Lesson 2 – Energy
- Lesson 3 – Population and Consumption
- Lesson 4 – Depletion
- Lesson 5 – Pollution
CHAPTER 2: The Roots and Results of Our Crises
- Lesson 6 – Social Structure
- Lesson 7 – Belief Systems
- Lesson 8 – Biodiversity
- Lesson 9 – Collapse
CHAPTER 3: Making Change
- Lesson 10 – Thinking in Systems
- Lesson 11 – Shifting Cultural Stories
- Lesson 12 – Culture Change & Neuroscience
CHAPTER 4: Resilience Thinking
- Lesson 13 – What is Resilience?
- Lesson 14 – Community Resilience in the 21st Century
- Lesson 15 – Six Foundations for Building Community Resilience
CHAPTER 5 – Economy and Society
- Lesson 16 – How Globalization Undermines Resilience
- Lesson 17 – Economic Relocalization
- Lesson 18 – Social Justice
- Lesson 19 – Education
CHAPTER 6 – Basic Needs and Functions
- Meeting Essential Community Needs
- Resilience in Major Sectors
- Review, Assessment & Action