Localise is about sharing ideas, networking creative visionaries, resourcing, providing tools and bringing people together in a collaborative way for the betterment of our community – specifically here in Northland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Click on the links to start exploring and contributing.
Local Food Northland is a great place to look at some of the initiatives happening around food in Northland.
Why? We are starting to realise that:
- The story of infinite GDP growth at any cost equalling a better life for all isn’t working.
- Cheap abundant energy was a temporary state and our binging is soon to be replaced with a very serious hangover.
- Adversarial economics harms and collaboration and open-source economics works.
- As Martin Luther King Jr said, the ultimate measure of a society is how it treats it’s most powerless members.
- What we pay in terms of currency doesn’t necessarily represent the true cost – “externalised” costs such as exploitive labour and environmental practices sour the sweetness of our imported trinkets.
- There is a connection between “cheap” imports and the social disasters that occur when our own people have no work, low-wage unskilled work, or having to accrue student debt – still with no guarantee of actual work at the end.
- We are starting to realise that the a good life cannot be bought – we have gained the world but lost our souls on so many levels.
So let’s learn to focus on what we can change. What could a more localised future look like?
What are we trying to achieve?
Community well-being is a combination of economic, social and spiritual factors. A strong social fabric based around shared values and joint responsibility lies at the heart of this. Economy has only become a “dirty word” when it has been co-opted to the pursuit of individualism and materialism – when sharing and caring has been forgotten. Often specialisation and the desire for efficiency has enabled us to forget the reason for an economy – that all in the “household” will be provided for. All we do economically should be filtered in terms of well-being and the sustainability of our community and land for future generations.