Voices and stories from the movement

Millions of projects in every corner of the earth, each one reflecting its particular place, are building a better world. These voices and stories come from individuals and organizations who identify with the worldwide localization movement – sharing their ideas, inspiration, and hands-on experience with grassroots initiatives.

  • Food

    Localization message from Debra Efroymson - Instit...

    As part of the annual World Localization Day and Voices from the International Alliance for Localization, Debra Efroymson has created a powerful short...

    Food
  • Building community

    Localization message from Debra Efroymson - Instit...

    As part of the annual World Localization Day and Voices from the International Alliance for Localization, Debra Efroymson has created a powerful short...

    Building community
  • Building community

    We Are Local

    "We are creators and there is an endless sea of possibilities": Voices of sixteen localization advocates from Slovakia.

    Building community
  • Food

    Three gastronomy and seed festivals in Peru

    Meet the seeds, local dishes, and people of Suma Yapu - an Aymara NGO with focus on food sovereignty from the region of Lake Titicaca - in this harves...

    Food
  • Culture

    Three gastronomy and seed festivals in Peru

    Meet the seeds, local dishes, and people of Suma Yapu - an Aymara NGO with focus on food sovereignty from the region of Lake Titicaca - in this harves...

    Culture
  • Ecology

    Stephan Harding

    Stephen Harding, resident ecologist at Schumacher College in Devon, England, draws the connections between Gaia theory and localization in this messa...

    Ecology
  • Culture

    Stephan Harding

    Stephen Harding, resident ecologist at Schumacher College in Devon, England, draws the connections between Gaia theory and localization in this messa...

    Culture
  • Cross-sector

    Stephan Harding

    Stephen Harding, resident ecologist at Schumacher College in Devon, England, draws the connections between Gaia theory and localization in this messa...

    Cross-sector
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    Damon Gameau

    The social and environmental problems we face today stem from the same dysfunctional economic system based on endless growth, extraction, competition...

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  • Food

    Los Higuerones Cooperativa

    Los Higuerones is a cooperative center and community hub located on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica that brings together the diversity of communities ...

    Food
  • Ecology

    Los Higuerones Cooperativa

    Los Higuerones is a cooperative center and community hub located on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica that brings together the diversity of communities ...

    Ecology
  • Education

    Los Higuerones Cooperativa

    Los Higuerones is a cooperative center and community hub located on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica that brings together the diversity of communities ...

    Education
  • Culture

    Los Higuerones Cooperativa

    Los Higuerones is a cooperative center and community hub located on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica that brings together the diversity of communities ...

    Culture
  • Cross-sector

    Los Higuerones Cooperativa

    Los Higuerones is a cooperative center and community hub located on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica that brings together the diversity of communities ...

    Cross-sector
  • Building community

    Los Higuerones Cooperativa

    Los Higuerones is a cooperative center and community hub located on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica that brings together the diversity of communities ...

    Building community
  • Cross-sector

    Cooperativa Integral Minga

    Cooperativa Integral Minga is a multi-sectoral cooperative in Portugal promoting agroecological farming, connecting local farmers to consumers, creati...

    Cross-sector
  • Food

    Cooperativa Integral Minga

    Cooperativa Integral Minga is a multi-sectoral cooperative in Portugal promoting agroecological farming, connecting local farmers to consumers, creati...

    Food
  • Business

    Cooperativa Integral Minga

    Cooperativa Integral Minga is a multi-sectoral cooperative in Portugal promoting agroecological farming, connecting local farmers to consumers, creati...

    Business
  • Artisanal production

    Cooperativa Integral Minga

    Cooperativa Integral Minga is a multi-sectoral cooperative in Portugal promoting agroecological farming, connecting local farmers to consumers, creati...

    Artisanal production
  • Building community

    Cooperativa Integral Minga

    Cooperativa Integral Minga is a multi-sectoral cooperative in Portugal promoting agroecological farming, connecting local farmers to consumers, creati...

    Building community
  • Education

    Bhoomi College

    Bhoomi College is a unique institution for holistic learning that has been supporting youngsters to work for sustainable living and localization throu...

    Education
  • Food

    Solidarité Rurale

    Salim Dara is revolutionizing agricultural education in Benin through a hands-on agroecology entrepreneurship program.

    Food
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    David Holmgren, Melliodora

    "The household economy of non-monetary exchange and reciprocity is the foundation for strong resilient communities that have a low ecological impact ...

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    World Farmers Market Coalition

    The World Farmers Markets Coalition comprises regional and national farmers market associations and individual farmers markets from various countries,...

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  • Artisanal production

    Lokaltextil

    Weaving together a regional textile economy by growing flax and other crops, and building networks with manufacturers and dyers.

    Artisanal production
  • Culture

    Charles Eisenstein

    "Let's live better, let's recover the elements of a happy life, of a good life, that have been surrendered to technology, to institutions, to markets....

    Culture
  • Food

    African Women’s Collaborative for Healthy Food S...

    Recognizing and uplifting the voices of marginalized female peasant farmers across Africa.

    Food
  • Networks

    African Women’s Collaborative for Healthy Food S...

    Recognizing and uplifting the voices of marginalized female peasant farmers across Africa.

    Networks
  • Food

    SCOOP, The Sustainable Cooperative

    A consumer-led cooperative building a robust local food economy on the island of Jersey.

    Food
  • Health

    Gabor Maté

    "It's the gap between who we are, fundamentally, and who we're made to be in this globalized culture that creates so much illness and so much dysfunct...

    Health
  • Building community

    Institute of Wellbeing

    Promoting an economics of well-being by questioning economic myths and encouraging youth activism.

    Building community
  • Culture

    Institute of Wellbeing

    Promoting an economics of well-being by questioning economic myths and encouraging youth activism.

    Culture
  • Food

    BALE (Building a Local Economy)

    A free community space, solar initiative, investment club, local business guide, mutual aid: BALE does it all.

    Food
  • Energy

    BALE (Building a Local Economy)

    A free community space, solar initiative, investment club, local business guide, mutual aid: BALE does it all.

    Energy
  • Arts and media

    BALE (Building a Local Economy)

    A free community space, solar initiative, investment club, local business guide, mutual aid: BALE does it all.

    Arts and media
  • Building community

    BALE (Building a Local Economy)

    A free community space, solar initiative, investment club, local business guide, mutual aid: BALE does it all.

    Building community
  • Food

    Jane Goodall

    "I remember going shopping on the high street, the small family businesses, the greengrocers…there was a spirit of community and togetherness back t...

    Food
  • Ecology

    Jane Goodall

    "I remember going shopping on the high street, the small family businesses, the greengrocers…there was a spirit of community and togetherness back t...

    Ecology
  • Food

    PAN Asia Pacific

    Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific has been advancing food sovereignty, environmental health and social justice in the Asia Pacific region since 19...

    Food
  • Ecology

    PAN Asia Pacific

    Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific has been advancing food sovereignty, environmental health and social justice in the Asia Pacific region since 19...

    Ecology
  • Networks

    PAN Asia Pacific

    Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific has been advancing food sovereignty, environmental health and social justice in the Asia Pacific region since 19...

    Networks
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    Naomi Klein

    "We need a global climate movement to confront these forces, but that movement is strongest when it is made up of many, many smaller local movements.....

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  • Cross-sector

    Localization in Slovakia and Czechia

    A new nonprofit, started by a team of friends, to share the concept of localization and document local projects in Czechia and Slovakia.

    Cross-sector
  • Networks

    Localization in Slovakia and Czechia

    A new nonprofit, started by a team of friends, to share the concept of localization and document local projects in Czechia and Slovakia.

    Networks
  • Built environment

    York Central Co-Owned (YoCo)

    "York Central" is one of the largest brownfield sites currently under development in Europe—and the people who live there are guiding the process.

    Built environment
  • Building community

    York Central Co-Owned (YoCo)

    "York Central" is one of the largest brownfield sites currently under development in Europe—and the people who live there are guiding the process.

    Building community
  • Food

    Agroecology in Zimbabwe

    ZIMSOFF supports smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe as they exchange ideas about agroecology, reconnect with traditional farming practices, and lobby to ...

    Food
  • Education

    Agroecology in Zimbabwe

    ZIMSOFF supports smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe as they exchange ideas about agroecology, reconnect with traditional farming practices, and lobby to ...

    Education
  • Networks

    Agroecology in Zimbabwe

    ZIMSOFF supports smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe as they exchange ideas about agroecology, reconnect with traditional farming practices, and lobby to ...

    Networks
  • Food

    Landworkers' Alliance

    The Landworkers' Alliance is a UK union working to advance a food and land-use system based on agroecology, food sovereignty and sustainable forestry ...

    Food
  • Artisanal production

    Fibershed

    More than 100 farmers, ranchers, weavers, spinners, and designers are creating an integrated regional textile economy in California.

    Artisanal production
  • Food

    Roar Bjonnes: A New Renaissance of Local Farms, Lo...

    "At 66, I am old enough to remember when the local economy was still thriving..."

    Food
  • Networks

    New Economy Network Australia

    The New Economy Network Australia (NENA) is a network of individuals and organizations working to transform Australia’s economic system.

    Networks
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    Japan's localization movement

    Six Japanese organizations and networks have come together to celebrate and push forward the growing localization movement in Japan.

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  • Food

    Smithereen Farm

    Smithereen Farm is a certified organic farm in Maine on the US-Canada border, growing a wide diversity of fruits and vegetables, and offering workshop...

    Food
  • Business

    Smithereen Farm

    Smithereen Farm is a certified organic farm in Maine on the US-Canada border, growing a wide diversity of fruits and vegetables, and offering workshop...

    Business
  • Artisanal production

    Smithereen Farm

    Smithereen Farm is a certified organic farm in Maine on the US-Canada border, growing a wide diversity of fruits and vegetables, and offering workshop...

    Artisanal production
  • Building community

    Communities for Future

    At this time of rupture, Communities for Future is about spreading seedlings of hope far and wide.

    Building community
  • Cross-sector

    Communities for Future

    At this time of rupture, Communities for Future is about spreading seedlings of hope far and wide.

    Cross-sector
  • Ecology

    Reflections: Sustainability, wealth, and the major...

    "On my first trip to the United States in two and a half years, it is hard not to notice the apocalyptic feel…and the persistent denial of obvious f...

    Ecology
  • Business

    Lessons from Scotland's craft breweries

    Scotland’s craft breweries offer an inspiring example of how local production can help build thriving local economies and communities.

    Business
  • Food

    Lessons from Scotland's craft breweries

    Scotland’s craft breweries offer an inspiring example of how local production can help build thriving local economies and communities.

    Food
  • Artisanal production

    Lessons from Scotland's craft breweries

    Scotland’s craft breweries offer an inspiring example of how local production can help build thriving local economies and communities.

    Artisanal production
  • Cross-sector

    Reflections: The end of globalization, the time fo...

    "After many years in large, globalized cities, I have returned to my homeland...because I long for community, and I want to wave in the streets, show ...

    Cross-sector
  • Cross-sector

    Reflections: Relocalizing is weaving life with aff...

    "We can make a “creative, orderly and resilient transition” by relocalizing our forms of production, consumption and lifestyles in terms of econom...

    Cross-sector
  • Cross-sector

    Jeonju City, South Korea: Towards localization and...

    Jeonju City, South Korea is committed to "Shifting its administrative system away from a paradigm that prioritizes growth and development towards one ...

    Cross-sector
  • Policy

    Jeonju City, South Korea: Towards localization and...

    Jeonju City, South Korea is committed to "Shifting its administrative system away from a paradigm that prioritizes growth and development towards one ...

    Policy
  • Food

    University of Kassel - An Inner Journey

    Students at the University of Kassel share a guided meditation exercise that we can all do: an imaginative journey into the agriculture of tomorrow.

    Food
  • Arts and media

    University of Kassel - An Inner Journey

    Students at the University of Kassel share a guided meditation exercise that we can all do: an imaginative journey into the agriculture of tomorrow.

    Arts and media
  • Cross-sector

    The REconomy Centre and the Local Entrepreneur For...

    The REconomy Centre, located in Totnes, UK (the town that fostered the Transition Town movement), is a drop-in workspace and a supportive, nurturing i...

    Cross-sector
  • Business

    The REconomy Centre and the Local Entrepreneur For...

    The REconomy Centre, located in Totnes, UK (the town that fostered the Transition Town movement), is a drop-in workspace and a supportive, nurturing i...

    Business
  • Cross-sector

    Local First Arizona/Good Food Finder

    Local First Arizona is working to build equitable systems and to create a vibrant and resilient Arizona economy. Our local food initiative is called G...

    Cross-sector
  • Food

    Local First Arizona/Good Food Finder

    Local First Arizona is working to build equitable systems and to create a vibrant and resilient Arizona economy. Our local food initiative is called G...

    Food
  • Business

    Local First Arizona/Good Food Finder

    Local First Arizona is working to build equitable systems and to create a vibrant and resilient Arizona economy. Our local food initiative is called G...

    Business
  • Food

    Synthetic food production - a new threat to health...

    Mika Tsutsumi, a Japanese author, journalist and social activist known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization, speaks abo...

    Food
  • Cross-sector

    Synthetic food production - a new threat to health...

    Mika Tsutsumi, a Japanese author, journalist and social activist known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization, speaks abo...

    Cross-sector
  • Policy

    Synthetic food production - a new threat to health...

    Mika Tsutsumi, a Japanese author, journalist and social activist known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization, speaks abo...

    Policy
  • Policy

    Legislating for food sovereignty: A visionary Loca...

    Ryuhei Kawada, activist and Minister of Parliament (The National Diet, House of Councillors) in Japan, shares about a truly inspiring piece of legisla...

    Policy
  • Food

    Legislating for food sovereignty: A visionary Loca...

    Ryuhei Kawada, activist and Minister of Parliament (The National Diet, House of Councillors) in Japan, shares about a truly inspiring piece of legisla...

    Food
  • Business

    Japan Workers Cooperative Union

    Japan Workers Cooperative Union (JWCU) comprises 27 co-operatives owned and democratically controlled by a total 13,000 worker-members throughout Ja...

    Business
  • Networks

    Japan Workers Cooperative Union

    Japan Workers Cooperative Union (JWCU) comprises 27 co-operatives owned and democratically controlled by a total 13,000 worker-members throughout Ja...

    Networks
  • Food

    Five Acre Farm, Bristol, UK

    Five Acre Farm produces organic food and embraces the principles of the ‘farm to fork’ movement. 

    Food
  • Food

    Institute of Wellbeing Bangladesh, WLD 2022 Report

    A report of the many inspiring activities carried out by Institute of Wellbeing in Bangladesh for World Localization Day 2022.

    Food
  • Business

    Institute of Wellbeing Bangladesh, WLD 2022 Report

    A report of the many inspiring activities carried out by Institute of Wellbeing in Bangladesh for World Localization Day 2022.

    Business
  • Built environment

    Institute of Wellbeing Bangladesh, WLD 2022 Report

    A report of the many inspiring activities carried out by Institute of Wellbeing in Bangladesh for World Localization Day 2022.

    Built environment
  • Culture

    Institute of Wellbeing Bangladesh, WLD 2022 Report

    A report of the many inspiring activities carried out by Institute of Wellbeing in Bangladesh for World Localization Day 2022.

    Culture
  • Building community

    Institute of Wellbeing Bangladesh, WLD 2022 Report

    A report of the many inspiring activities carried out by Institute of Wellbeing in Bangladesh for World Localization Day 2022.

    Building community
  • Finance

    Bioecon

    Bioecon is a platform for facilitating non-monetary exchanges that meet real human needs.

    Finance
  • Ecology

    Youth Climate Emergency Action in South Korea

    "It's our responsibility to go out on the streets and voice our concerns."

    Ecology
  • Policy

    Youth Climate Emergency Action in South Korea

    "It's our responsibility to go out on the streets and voice our concerns."

    Policy
  • Food

    Young farmers in Ladakh

    "I'm a farmer, warrior of land. Spade and pickaxe are my tools..."

    Food
  • Culture

    Young farmers in Ladakh

    "I'm a farmer, warrior of land. Spade and pickaxe are my tools..."

    Culture
  • Policy

    Oh Chang Hwang

    "We should create localization which will keep people safe and happy even in any future crisis."

    Policy
  • Policy

    Kim Seung Soo

    "I believe the forces that change the world are social imagination, courage, and social solidarity."

    Policy
  • Built environment

    The Architects Underground TV

    Architects around the world share views on localization vis-a-vis architecture, local food, building materials, "waste", and more - including a love l...

    Built environment
  • Ecology

    Climate Journey in Málaga, Spain

    A walking tour in Malaga, Spain, opens participants' eyes to the impacts, causes, and local solutions to the climate emergency.

    Ecology
  • Building community

    Brian Eno

    In this heartfelt World Localization Day message, renowned musician and composer Brian Eno talks about returning power to communities.

    Building community
  • Food

    Local Food Feasts in Japan

    Witness the incredible beauty and diversity of local food systems in Japan with this video of World Localization Day local food feasts.

    Food
  • Food

    A message from Tosepan Union of Cooperatives

    Leaders from Tosepan Titataniske, a union of cooperatives encompassing some 35,000 members across 430 villages in 29 municipalities in Mexico, share a...

    Food
  • Artisanal production

    A message from Tosepan Union of Cooperatives

    Leaders from Tosepan Titataniske, a union of cooperatives encompassing some 35,000 members across 430 villages in 29 municipalities in Mexico, share a...

    Artisanal production
  • Culture

    A message from Tosepan Union of Cooperatives

    Leaders from Tosepan Titataniske, a union of cooperatives encompassing some 35,000 members across 430 villages in 29 municipalities in Mexico, share a...

    Culture
  • Networks

    A message from Tosepan Union of Cooperatives

    Leaders from Tosepan Titataniske, a union of cooperatives encompassing some 35,000 members across 430 villages in 29 municipalities in Mexico, share a...

    Networks
  • Cross-sector

    A message from Tosepan Union of Cooperatives

    Leaders from Tosepan Titataniske, a union of cooperatives encompassing some 35,000 members across 430 villages in 29 municipalities in Mexico, share a...

    Cross-sector
  • Food

    Project ReGeneration: an edible school yard

    At Barley Close Primary School in Bristol, a year-long project amplified existing school gardens to create a multi-functional outdoor learning space a...

    Food
  • Education

    Project ReGeneration: an edible school yard

    At Barley Close Primary School in Bristol, a year-long project amplified existing school gardens to create a multi-functional outdoor learning space a...

    Education
  • Business

    Local Green Enterprises in India

    Income inequality in India is staggering, and on the rise. Development Alternatives uplifts small and medium enterprises to build greener, more inclus...

    Business
  • Food

    Kinder Kitchen

    Kinder Kitchen runs cooking workshops to inspire kids to engage with local, fresh, organic food and regenerative farming. Get inspired watching these ...

    Food
  • Education

    Kinder Kitchen

    Kinder Kitchen runs cooking workshops to inspire kids to engage with local, fresh, organic food and regenerative farming. Get inspired watching these ...

    Education
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    Buen Vivir

    Voices from Mayan, Tojolabal, Totonaco, and Náhuatl communities speak about the principle of buen vivir, good living.

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  • Culture

    Rufina Villa Hernandez

    An indigenous Nahuat leader speaks about strengthening the local economy and resisting corporate power in Mexico.

    Culture
  • Business

    Rufina Villa Hernandez

    An indigenous Nahuat leader speaks about strengthening the local economy and resisting corporate power in Mexico.

    Business
  • Business

    10th Local Entrepreneur Forum & Community of Drago...

    At this annual event in Totnes, the community comes together to hear pitches from local entrepreneurs and rally in support of local businesses.

    Business
  • Building community

    10th Local Entrepreneur Forum & Community of Drago...

    At this annual event in Totnes, the community comes together to hear pitches from local entrepreneurs and rally in support of local businesses.

    Building community
  • Food

    Local food and urban garden networks in Mexico

    Five changemakers from across Mexico comment on the importance of local and urban agroecological food production and distribution.

    Food
  • Health

    Local food and urban garden networks in Mexico

    Five changemakers from across Mexico comment on the importance of local and urban agroecological food production and distribution.

    Health
  • Food

    Local food and local stories from Ibiza, Spain

    Watch a video of a World Localization Day celebration in Ibiza, Spain, featuring delicious locally-sourced food, song, music and reflections.

    Food
  • Culture

    Local food and local stories from Ibiza, Spain

    Watch a video of a World Localization Day celebration in Ibiza, Spain, featuring delicious locally-sourced food, song, music and reflections.

    Culture