Essential Resources for Radical Localists

act now apologize laterSmallmart-Cover-LGWebsites and Organizations

Abundance Foundation 

American Independent Business Alliance

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 

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

BALLE The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

Bazzani – Building Sustainable Communities

Benefit Corporation – Public Benefit Corporations

Mary Berry is Fomenting an Agrarian Revolution

Bon Appetit Appalachia a project funded by Appalachian Regional Commission

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

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.

Chelsea Green Publishing  

CDFI Coalition  the unified national voice of community development financial institutions

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund Resources for democratic, community-based economic development

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.

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

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

Financing Our Foodshed

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) 

Fund 4 Democratic Communities

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

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Living Principles 

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.

The Localist – Carrie Rollwagen’s site COVER

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

Piedmont Biofuels

Keith Preston interview 

Opportunity Finance Network offers a CFDI finding tool

Populist Majority

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

Real Value: What’s The Real Cost of Cheap

Reconomy Project – Helping you transform your local economy  Building a world of resilient communities

RSF Social Finance

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.

Michael Shuman author of Small Mart Revolution




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.

Southern Grassroots Economies Project Building Democratic Ownership in the US South

Sustainable Seattle 

The Transition Network/Movement 

Transition US 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

Power of just doing stuff

Kingsolver front coverBooks and Articles

Philip Ackerman-Leist, Rebuilding the Foodshed How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems  (White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013)

Ben Adler, “What Can Small Cities Do To Fight Climate Change” Mother Jones (September 15, 2014) link

BALLE A Guide to Community Capital

Carl L. Bankston III, “Federal Control of Public Schools and the Decline of Community,” Modern Age (Summer 2010), pp. 194-197

Peter Barnes, Liberty and Dividends for All: How to Save Our Middle Class When Jobs Don’t Pay Enough (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2014)

Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture (Sierra Club Books, 1977)

Grace Lee BoggsGrace Lee Boggs, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-first Century (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012)

Tom Borrup, The Creative Community Builders Handbook: How to Transform Communities Using Local Assets, Art, and Culture (Saint Paul: Fieldstone Alliance, 2009)

Cecil Bothwell, Gorillas in the Myth: A Duck Soup Reader (Asheville: Brave Ulysses Books, 2008) PO Box 1877; Asheville, NC 28802 

Joel K. Bourne Jr., The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World (New York: W.W. Norton, 2015) End of Plenty

Mark Boyle, The Moneyless Manifesto: Live Well, Live Rich, Live Free (White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013)

Ben Brangwyn and Rob Hopkins, The Transition Primer (The Transition Network, 2008) free download

With_Liberty-210x315Richard Briffault, “Our Localism: Part II–Localism and Legal Theory,” Columbia Law Review, Vol. 90, No. 2 (Mar., 1990), pp. 346-454

Philip Catney , Sherilyn MacGregor , Andrew Dobson , Sarah Marie Hall , Sarah Royston , Zoe Robinson, Mark Ormerod & Simon Ross, “Big society, little justice? Community renewable energy and the politics of localism,” Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability (2013)

J. Coaffee and N. Hedman, “Pragmatic localism uncovered: the search for locally contingent solutions to national reform agendas,”  Geoforum 39 (2008 ): 1585–99

John P. Clark, The Impossible Community: Realizing Communitarian Anarchism (Oxford: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013)

Edward Russell Cole, “Radical localism in the Network Society” (PhD. Dissertation: SUNY-Albany, 2010) free download herePhilAndTheRegeneration_Cover-231x300

Edward R. Cole, “Radical localism in the Network Society” online

Saul Cornell, The Other Founders: Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788-1828 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999)

Saul Cornell, A Well Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America  (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006)

Saul Cornell,  “A New Paradigm for the Second Amendment,” Law and History Review, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Spring, 2004), pp. 161-167
Saul Cornell, “Idiocy, Illiteracy, and the Forgotten Voices of Popular Constitutionalism: Ratification and the Ideology of Originalism,”
The William and Mary Quarterly Vol. 69, No. 2 (April 2012), pp. 365-368
other foundersSaul Cornell, “Moving beyond the Canon of Traditional Constitutional History: Anti-Federalists, the Bill of Rights, and the Promise of Post-Modern Historiography,”  Law and History Review, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Spring, 1994), pp. 1-28
Saul Cornell, “Aristocracy Assailed: The Ideology of Backcountry Anti-Federalism,” The Journal of American History, Vol. 76, No. 4 (Mar., 1990), pp. 1148-1172

Amy Cortese, “A Way for Local Businesses to Grow,” New York Times, October 24, 2014)

Amy Cortese, Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing (New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2011)
Amy Cortese, “Locavestors,” New York Times Magazine (December 14, 2008)
Department for Communities and Local Government, Communities in control: real people, real power (London: TSO, 2008)
Joseph J. Ellis, The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 (New York: Knopf, 2015)
Richard E. Ellis, Aggressive Nationalism: McCulloch v. Maryland and the Foundation of Federal Authority in the Young Republic (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007)
Lyle Estill, Small Stories, Big Changes: Agents of Change on the Frontlines of Sustainability (Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2013)
Amitai Etzioni, The Spirit of Community: Rights, Responsibilities,
and the Communitarian Agenda (New York: Crown, 1993)
David Featherstone,  Resistance, space and political identities: the making of counter-global networks, (Chichester: Blackwell, 2008) 200px-SmallIsBeautiful1973

David Featherstone, Anthony Ince, Danny Mackinnon, Kendra Strauss and Andrew Cumbers, “Progressive localism and the construction of political alternatives” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers (2012): 1-6

Russell Arben Fox, “Activity and Communal Authority: Localist Lessons from Confucian and Puritan Communities,” Philosophy East and West, Vol. 58, No. 1 (January 2008): 36-59.

Alexis Goldstein, “Vermonters Lobby for a Public Band and Win Millions for Local Investment Instead,” YES! Magazine (January 7, 2015)

Great Britain (2011), Localism Bill July, 2011: Elizabeth II (2011) London: The Stationery Office

Jack P. Greene, Peripheries and Center: Constitutional Development in the Extended Polities of the British Empire and the United States, 1607-1788 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1986)

Simon Head, “Worse than Wal-Mart: Amazon’s sick brutality and secret history of ruthlessly intimidating workers” (February 23, 2014)

Jeffrey R. Henig and Frederick M. Hess, “The Declining Significance of Space and Geography,” The Phi Delta Kappan, Vol. 92, No. 3 (November 2010), pp. 57-61

Carol Peppe Hewitt, Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food With Slow Money (Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2013)

David J. Hess, Localist Movements in a Global Economy: Sustainability, Justice, and Urban Development in the United States (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2013)

Ryan Honeyman, The B Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2014)

Rob Hopkins, The Power of Just Doing Stuff: How Local Action Can Change the World (London: UIT Cambridge Ltd, 2013)

Rob Hopkins and Peter Lipman, Who We Are and What We Do (Totnes: The Transition Network, 2009)

Frederic Jameson, The Seeds of Time (New York: Columbia University Press, 1994)

Si Kahn, Creative Community Organizing: A Guide for Rabble-Rousers, Activist & Quiet Lovers of Justice (San Francisco: B-K, 2010)

Ade Kearns, “Active citizenship and local governance: political and geographical dimensions,” Political Geography 14 (1995 ): 155–177

Marjorie Kelly and Shanna Ratner, “A Different Kind of Ownership Society” Yes! Magazine (August 3, 2010)

Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (New York: Harper Perennial, 2008)

David Korten, Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth (Oakland: Berrett-Koehler, 2015)

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David Korten, When Corporations Rule the World: 20th Anniversary Edition (Oakland: Berrett-Koehler, 2015)   

David Korten, Collected columns for Yes! Magazine can be found here.

John P. Kretzmann and John L. McKnight, Building Communities from the Inside Out (Chicago: ACTA, 1993)

Valerie Lemmie, “Democracy Beyond the Ballot Box: A New Role for Elected Officials, City Managers, and Citizens” (Dayton: Kettering Foundation, 2008) Free pdf download

Greg LeRoy, No More Candy Store (Washington, DC: Grassroots Policy Project, 1994) Free pdf downloadJob Scam

Greg LeRoy, The Great American Job Scam: Corporate Tax Dodging and the Myth of Job Creation (Oakland: Berrett-Koehler, 2005)

Eric Loefflad, Decentralised Governance, Transnational Legalism, and the Violent Remains of the State: A Critique of ‘Radical Localism’ as Tool of Economic Globalisation download here

Michelle and Derek Long, A BALLE Manual (Bellingham: BALLE, 2012)

Michelle and Derek Long, Think Local First: A How To Manual (San Francisco: BALLE, 2005)

Erik Luna, “Race, Crime, and Institutional Design: The New Data: Over-Representation of Minorities in the Criminal Justice System,” Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 66, No. 3,  (Summer, 2003), pp. 183-220

Daphne Miller, M.D. Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing (New York: William Morrow, Apr 16, 2013)

Gina Murphy-Darling, Your Mother Called (Mother Earth)… You’d Better Call her Back (Tuscon: Wheatmark, 2013)

George Packer, “Cheap Words: Amazon is good for Customers, but is it Good for BooksThe New Yorker (February 17, 2014)

power from the peopleGreg Pahl, Power from the People How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects (White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012)

Joshua Miller, The Rise and Fall of Democracy in Early America, 1630-1789: The Legacy for Contemporary Politics (University Park: PSU Press, 1991)

Stacy Mitchell, Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Megaretailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Business (Boston: Beacon Press,  2007)

Marc Parry, “Scholar Behind U. of Illinois Boycotts Is a Longtime Activist” Chronicle of Higher Education (September 19, 2014) online

Peter Pennekampf with Anne Focke, “Philanthropy and the Regeneration of Community Democracy” (Dayton: Kettering Foundation, 2013) Free pdf download

Harold J. Plous and Gordon E. Baker, “Review: McCulloch v. Maryland Right Principle, Wrong Case,” Stanford Law Review, Vol. 9, No. 4 (Jul., 1957), pp. 710-730 

Rebecca Popham, “The Storyteller’s Art – Bringing Ancient Wisdom and the Philosophy of Ubuntu to Life” Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation (August 31, 2014)


Corey Robin, The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism From Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011)

Corey Robin, Fear: the History of a Political Idea (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004)

Ben Rogers et al, What’s Next for Localism? (London: National Association of Local Councils, 2012)

Carrie Rollwagen, The Localist: Think Independent, Buy Local and Reclaim the American Dream (Birmingham, AL: Carrie Rollwagen, 2015)

Joel Salatin, Fields of Farmers: Interning, Mentoring, Partnering, Germinating (Swoope, VA: Polyface, 2013)

E.F. Schumacher, Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered (London: Blond & Biggs, 1973) Full text online here.

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Michael H. Shuman, The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative, Self-Financing “Pollinator Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity (White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015)

Michael H. Shuman, The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Business are Beating the Global Competition (San Francisco: Barrett-Koehler, 2006)

Michael H. Shuman, Local Dollars, Local Sense How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity (White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012)

Michael H. Shuman, Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age (Routledge, 2000)

Michael H. Shuman and Kate Poole, Growing Local Living Economies: A Grassroots Approach to Economic Development (Bellingham: BALLE, 2011)

Kiran Singh Sirah, “Building Peace Through Storytelling” Rotary Voices (September 19, 2014)

book Woody Tasch, Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money (White River Junction,  VT: Chelsea Green, 2013)

Elizabeth U, Raising Dough: The Complete Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food Business (White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2013)

 Theodore Voorhees,  “Departure from the Top,” American Bar Association  Journal, Vol. 64, No. 4 (April 1978), pp. 611-612

 [Adam Waldman],  “Localism 2.0: Empowering the Civic State” Respublica UK   (January 29, 2013)

Fiona Ward, Totnes & District Local Economic Blueprint (Totnes: Transition Town Totnes, 2013)

 Adam Werbach,  Act Now, Apologize Later (New York: Cliff Street Books,  October 29, 1997) 

Judy Wicks, Good Morning, Beautiful Business – the Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer (White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2013)

Michael Zuckerman, Peaceable Kingdoms: New England Towns in the Eighteenth Century (New York, 1970)cloe20.v019.i07.cover


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