Hazel Ashton writes: I submitted my doctoral thesis in 2008 and now, some two years later, have just re-read my conclusion. I think issues raised are still relevant and I'm hopeful that material can assist in conversations between communities, policy/decision makers and academia especially about new opportunities ...
I think we’ve heard enough from leaders and would-be leaders who advocate re-building yesterday’s organizations. I think we need to hear more from the new builders, especially those that would like to help build effective local networks.
I’m hopeful that increasing awareness of the global economic crisis will stimulate an appreciation of the nature of the challenges. I see this awareness as a necessary prerequisite for effective transition to a more sustainable future.
Is there a way of stimulating the economy which doesn't add to a nation's debt? Is there a way of meeting needs that doesn't cost the earth? Although published in 1995, this piece - with comments added by John Turmel - is well worth revisiting.
Localization activists have motivation and vision, however, according to Richard Moore, "none of these initiatives has found a way to escape from marginalism and really begin to have a significant effect on any community’s economy, or to move any community significantly closer to sustainability." He takes a closer look at localization initiatives in order to understand why.
Jane Jacobs, a well-known urbanist-activist and writer died in 2006. Now, four years later, a book What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs, a compilation of essays by 33 well known thinkers from around the world, has been published.