"Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It Means nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependant on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs."  Michael H. Shuman, author of the book Going Local .

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LocalSustainability.Com is a GRASSROOTS initiative and intended to slowly develop a culture that increasingly supports and nurtures all that is LOCAL, NONCORPORATE & SUSTAINABLE in ways that will provide for the greatest good to the greatest number of people.

This site is intended to be run by the community for the community so if you share in this vision and have any interest in helping create and maintain it, contact us to join in. You need no web skills and your part can be as large or small as you like. What you see so far is a fraction of what it will become, so share your ideas to help guide the creation. (See This Check List For Ideas) .

The concept for LocalSustainability.Com is consistent with the following principles identified by Michael H. Shuman in his book, The Small-Mart Revolution (Open His Check List):

*The key to community prosperity is a vigorous network of locally owned businesses serving primarily local markets—the exact opposite of what most economic developers push.

*Despite all the popular discussion of globalization, worldwide trends (like rising oil prices) are making small, local businesses increasingly competitive.

*Jaw-dropping innovations in small business, whether for-profit or nonprofit, can be found everywhere, and provide compelling blueprints for localization.

*The principal obstacles standing in the way of localization are public policies (like business-attraction “incentives”) that are uniformly tilted against small business.

*Localization can and should appeal to right and left alike, by combining conservatives’ passion for free markets, small business, and small government with progressives’ passion for community empowerment, sustainability, and real democracy.

LocalSustainability.Com simply provides a free, common, public space for ALL to find, buy, use, discuss, create and share all things local. (Click Here To See Other Specific Goals)

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