Localist Resources: Websites, Periodicals, and Organizations

Smallmart-Cover-LGAbundance Foundation 

American Independent Business Alliance – AMIBA can help you use our models to implement an effective buy local campaign or IBA, pass pro-local policies, and more. There truly is strength in numbers. Learn more about benefits of AMIBA affiliation or the four realms of IBA work.

American Sustainable Business Council  family of organizations includes two separate and complementary entities: the American Sustainable Business Council, and the American Sustainable Business Institute.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

Asset Based Community Development Institute ABCD and its affiliated faculty have created a library of community building workbooks, published scholarly articles, books, and chapters oriented to an array of audiences, and developed training curricula and other materials associated with the asset-based community development approach.

B-Corporation  Our vision is simple yet ambitious: people using business as a force for good.

BALLE The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies – By connecting leaders, spreading solutions, and attracting investment toward local economies, BALLE advances the Localist Movement to create real prosperity for all.


Bazzani – Building Sustainable Communities

Benefit Corporation – Public Benefit Corporations

Mary Berry is Fomenting an Agrarian Revolution

Big Box Swindle – website for Stacy Mitchell, author of the book of the same name with additional articles and other resources.

Bon Appetit Appalachia a project funded by Appalachian Regional Commission

Buy Local Virginia

Calvert Foundation Non-profit organization offering community investment notes that fight poverty, finance affordable homes, fund small and micro businesses. Sponsors local investment portal Vested.org

Jonathan Carr-West, Connected Localism: Local Democracy Think Tank (June 19, 2013)

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association We are a non-profit, membership-based organization that advocates for fair farm and food policies, builds the systems that organic family farms need to thrive, and educates communities about local, organic farming.

Center for Community Self-Help – CFDI

Chelsea Green Publishing  WhyBuyLocal-Back-CCNMem-Rotate

CDFI Coalition  the unified national voice of community development financial institutions

Common Good Banking – replaced by rcredits.org

Common Good Finance We envision a society in which communities everywhere gather to decide for themselves what their funding priorities should be. Created rcredits.org See their video

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund 

Community Sourced Capital – Fund the World You Want to Live In

Community-Wealth.org Resources for democratic, community-based economic development

Conscious Company Magazine is a print and digital publication about innovative, sustainable businesses that are doing well by doing good.

Croatan Institute – concentrates on the nexus of finance and sustainability.

Cutting Edge Capital collaborates with visionary, courageous changemakers to bring new capital to the new economy.

Democracy Collaborative a national leader in equitable, inclusive and sustainable development through our Community Wealth Building Initiative.

Earth First! Newswire by Croatan Earth First!

Eating Alabama – film and blog about why food matters

Economic Impact Rating – a “not-only-for-profit” company trying to measure full economic impact of local business

Emerging Change Makers Network – empowering leaders in the Old South

Everyday Democracy – The goal of Everyday Democracy’s programs and services is to help create communities that work better for everyone because all voices are included in public problem solving, and to link that work to creating a stronger democracy.

Finance for Food  educated food entrepreneurs — and those who support them — about financing opportunities that support sustainable food systems

Financing Our Foodshed

Food Politics blog by NYU’s Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (New York: Barnes and Noble, 2015)

Matt Ford, “Scotland’s Democratic Revolution: The Scottish bid for independence could set a new precedent for separatist movements around the world,” The Atlantic ( Sept 12,  2014)


Green America: Economic Action for a Just Planet – publishes Green American quarterly magazine and annual Guide to Socially Responsible Investing.

Green Money Journal – Covering sustainable businesses and investing since 1982

The Independent Community Bankers of America®, the nation’s voice for more than 6,500 community banks of all sizes and charter types

Independent Retailer Month dedicates July to celebrate independent retailers across the USA, UK, and Canada.

Independent We Stand website and organization sponsored by Stihl and Chrysler which promotes “Shop Local” and Shop Local App for IOS and Android devices.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance Since 1974, ILSR has championed local self-reliance, a strategy that underscores the need for humanly scaled institutions and economies and the widest possible distribution of ownership

JudyWicks.com – Judy Wicks is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and mentor working to build a more compassionate, environmentally sustainable and locally based economy.

Key Studies: Why Local Matters

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Living Principles

Local First Arizona offers an extraordinary collection of economic studies the prove the importance of buying local first.

Local Investing Resource Center: Our mission is to expand investment into local small businesses and nonprofits nationwide.

Localism 2.0 Empowering the Civic State: Partnership opportunity for forthcoming project 

Localism! – Awareness. Action. Advocacy. Localism connects and empowers locally owned merchants, organizations and schools. From Localism, Inc. in Long Beach, CA

Localism dot com seems to be a site for aggregating local news in order to support real estate sales. Also owns @Localism on Twitter.

The Localist – Carrie Rollwagen’s site COVER

Localist Movements & Sustainability – collects locialist David Hess’ writings on localism

Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing

Michael Pollan For the past twenty-five years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment.

The Mill Magazine – localist lifestyle print and web magazine for North and South Carolina

MountainWise.org works with the eight westernmost counties of North Carolina  to improve healh of residents

National Equity Atlas

National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation – represents dialogue and deliberation practitioners and scholars from a wide variety of fields.

New Local Government Network (NLGN) Although focused on the localism of governmental devolution in the UK, NLGN offers a splendid collection of free to download white papers on a wide range of localism related issues and opportunities.

New Society Publishers – books on ecology, social change and other areas of activism.

Orton Family Foundation – The Orton Family Foundation helps small cities and towns, primarily in the Northeast and the Rocky Mountain West, harness the inherent ability of citizens to imagine and achieve a better future for themselves and their communities.

Piedmont Biofuels

Keith Preston interview

Opportunity Finance Network offers a CFDI finding tool real_value_poster

Populist Majority

RAFI Rural Advancement Foundation International – Pittsboro NC

Ras Nandor Tanczos from Waikato Times (August 6, 2010)

rCredits are simply a way for us to give each other credit in our community, so that, in effect, there is more money to go around.

Real Value: What’s The Real Cost of Cheap

Reconomy Project – Helping you transform your local economy

ReGenerative Finance is shifting th e economy by transferring control of capital to communities most affected by climate and economic crisis.

Resilience.org  Building a world of resilient communities

The Resilient Investor

Resource Generation offers a variety of programs for young people with wealth to explore how their financial resources relate to social justice and provide tools for them to take action.

RSF Social Finance – investing in local and socially responsible businesses

Schumacher Center for New Economics Mission: To educate the public about an economics that supports both people and the planet. We believe that a fair and sustainable economy is possible and that citizens working for the common interest can build systems to achieve it. We recognize that the environmental and equity crises we now face have their roots in the current economic system.

Shareable  To empower everyone to share for a more joyous, resilient, and equitable world.

ShiftYourShopping.org – tools for holiday buy local campaigns from a collaboration among AMIBA, Independent We Stand, Small Biz Survival, and Shop for Good.

Shuman 2015Michael Shuman author of Small Mart Revolution. Local Dollars Local Sense and more

Slow Democracy – website for the book

Slow Democracy SlideShare on Cultural Cognition

Slow Democracy: Citizen-Powered Communities for the 21st Century Part One of Four part 2013 web series on Orton Family Foundation blog; Part 2; Part 3; and Part 4

SlowMoney – financial outgrowth of Slow Food movement

SlowMoneyNC – fueling locavore businesses in central North Carolina

Small Biz Survival – The small town and rural business resource


SOCAP – Social Capital Markets: Since 2008, SOCAP has created a platform where social impact leaders can connect and present their ideas to a global audience.

Solidarity Capital Group – an impact investment firm that finances economically sustainable social justice enterprises.

Southern Grassroots Economies Project Building Democratic Ownership in the US South

Sustainable Seattle 

The Transition Network/Movement

Transition US

Trillium Asset Management: Socially Responsible Investing

Ultimate Civics – Curriculum and organization opposing corporate personhood

Vested.org created by the Calvert Foundation to facilitate local and social good investments for as little as $20.



Yes! Magazine Concerned with building a more just, sustainable, and compassionate future with articles about economic alternatives and peace options

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