GTI Forum

What are the strengths and weaknesses of localism? Can we synthesize the local and global? How do we achieve scale?

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Thinking Globally,
Act Locally?

Opening Essay

Think globally,
act locally?

Brian Tokar

How to privilege
the local

David Barkin

Large-scale frameworks,
small-scale solutions

David Bollier

Global identity is real

Andreas Bummel

The global doesn't exist

Arturo Escobar

Localism for good and hard times

Frank Fischer

Putting power
in its place

Gwendolyn Hallsmith

Two arguments for localism

Richard Heinberg

The pragmatism of thinking globally

Meg Holden

Resist globally,
renew locally

Helena Norberg-Hodge

Thinking cosmically, act globally

Heikki Patomäki

The global shapes the local

Chella Rajan

Human rights from the ground up

Jackie Smith

What we can learn from the labor movement

Aaron Vansintjan

The global is
never far away

Michelle Williams

Response to

Brian Tokar

Core GT Texts


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