Helping Local Food Businesses Thrive (121)

Wendy Siporen coordinates The Rogue Initiative for a Vital Economy (THRIVE), which helps small locally-owned businesses not just to thrive, but be more sustainable as well. A "Food Connection" directory enables local businesses to buy from one another. Their "Rogue Flavor" … [Read more...]

Protecting Your Money in a Declining Economy (118)

Are we in the perfect financial storm? Marc Cuniberti, a market analyst and host of "Money Matters" on our local community radio station KVMR, thinks so. Marc talks about the cause of inflation (rising prices are just a symptom) and how you can stop it with a candy bar! He … [Read more...]

Mendocino Renegade

Els Cooperrider is an energetic lady. She co-founded the Mendocino Organic Network, which began an organic peer-certification service for local growers. Their Mendocino Renegade label means products are "beyond organic" and local. She also led Mendocino to become the first … [Read more...]

Sustainable Connections – Transforming a Community Through Local Business

Michelle Long shows us how a highly successful local independent business network has transformed Bellingham, Washington, while inspiring other communities. From an initial "Think Local First" program, they have expanded to business peer mentoring, and support for local food … [Read more...]

Human-Scale Tools for a Sustainable World

At Smith and Speed Mercantile on Orcas Island, hand tools line the walls and tables along with organic wool comforters and non-toxic paints. It's an extension of Kathleen Smith and Errol Speed's off-grid homestead where they work at "the speed of living," using hand tools … [Read more...]

Local Currencies – Replacing Scarcity with Trust

Francis Ayley established over a dozen local currencies in the UK before moving to the U.S. He contrasts our standard, scarcity- and debt-based money system with local currencies in which "there's always as much as you need." Local currencies like his Fourth Corner Exchange … [Read more...]

BALLE – Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

Executive Director Don Shaffer recounts BALLE's vision of local living economies ensuring that economic power resides locally, where it can enhance community life and natural systems - as a counter to economic globalization. BALLE's autonomous networks of local businesses … [Read more...]

The Small-Mart Revolution

Michael Shuman advocates "Going Local," showing how local businesses are beating global competition and helping to create self-reliant communities. One innovative idea: invest locally by moving a portion of pension funds into regional stock exchanges. Episode 44. … [Read more...]

Bainbridge Graduate Institute – Changing Business for Good

How can business help create the world we want? Jill Bamburg, Dean of Bainbridge Graduate Institute's innovative MBA program, examines its basic premise: that doing good for people and the planet is good for business. Episode 43. [bgiedu.org] Watch video | iTunes | … [Read more...]