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Re>Thinking Localism in the Hudson Valley

You may not have heard much from us lately. Let me tell you why. I’ll start by first highlighting our work over the last couple of years — and then hint at where we may be headed. Continue reading

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Why start Go Local Hudson Valley now?

For the past decade, the Hudson Valley has had various “buy local” programs. We are grateful to all the various organizations for their early work bringing attention to this important topic. Why start Go Local Hudson Valley now? It’s time to go to the next level. To my knowledge all of the previous Hudson Valley … Continue reading

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Slow Activism

In this TED Talk, “How the Internet has made social change easy to organize, hard to win,” techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci makes an argument against digital activism, exclusively. And an argument for what I’ll call “slow activism.” Continue reading

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‘Building Blocks’ of a Local Living Economy

At the TEDxLongDock conference in June that Re>Think Local supported, one of the speakers mentioned that there are more than 50 ashrams and spiritual centers in the Hudson Valley. Fifty! On September 23 Re>Think convened around 75 Hudson Valley wellness professionals for a one-day conference at the Omega Institute (one of our members). A personal … Continue reading

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Judy Wicks the BALLE Mama

In 2000 at my second of many Social Venture Network conferences held that year at the Mohonk Mountain House (Localism has deep roots right here in the Hudson Valley), I responded to an announcement by Judy Wicks about starting a new organization. Over a two-year period and two retreats at Judy’s weekend homes in the … Continue reading

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TEDxLongDock: This is What Community Looks Like

Nothing I’ve done has been as personally fulfilling as what transpired in Beacon, NY, on June 7, the culmination of months and months of planning and hard, selfless work with a small, dedicated team. Continue reading

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In Me, On Me, Around Me

At a recent peer circle meeting (a group of fellow CEOs), my friend Raphael Bemporad of NYC-based brand innovation studio BBMG shared some primary research the agency had done. He introduced an intriguing sustainability concept:  “in me, on me, around me.” The local and organic food movements are the “in me” part of the equation. From both psychological and biological standpoints, we … Continue reading

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Why Buy Local – Some New Perspectives

At the bottom of this article are the top ten reasons to buy local most commonly found with a Google search; this particular list came from our friends at Sustainable Connections, fellow members of BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies). And what an impressive list it is, too. In conversation with one of Re>Think Local’s early members and our website … Continue reading

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An Inspiring Weekend at Hello Etsy, by Karen Berelowitz

In this, our very first guest blog post, Re>Think Local Founding Member Karen Berelowitz takes us inside the recent Etsy conference exploring the Creative Economy. I recently had an opportunity to attend the Hello Etsy conference at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, featuring over a dozen speakers offering a wide range of expertise, including localism! … Continue reading

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Seeking Two Fabulous Interns

Summer is just around the corner and you know what that means… internships! Re>Think Local is looking for two bright, curious, and dedicated individuals to join our team. We have a whole host of chunky projects waiting in the areas of membership services, marketing and communications, and event planning. The positions are unpaid but offer … Continue reading

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