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Localization syllabus

ABSTRACT The drop in energy and material use may be 80% or more by mid-century, a shift without precedent. While energy is a key driver, the seminar is not about energy policy, nor does it develop doom-and-gloom scenarios. The seminar provides evidence for this premise but does not dwell on it. Rather, its focus is on one possible response to this emerging biophysical reality. It presumes that now is the time to envision adaptations, debate alternatives, and plan for and pre-familiarize ourselves with the needed transition.

The syllabus is for a seminar that explores the implications of a new biophysical circumstance, envisions accommodation to this emerging new normal, and discusses adaptations for the transition. The seminar focuses on crafting a wholesome, just, equitable, peaceful, and resilient transition. Throughout, members consider the local, regional, national, and even international dimensions of localization. They try to imagine a process of social change toward a positive future.

TEXT: De Young, R. & T. Princen (2012) The Localization Reader: Adapting to the Coming Downshift. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

ISBN-10: 026251687X
ISBN-13: 978-0262516877

NOTE: All royalties from the sale of this book have been allocated, by contract with the MIT Press, to two community organizations that exemplify localization. Growing Hope is an organization dedicated to helping people improve their lives and communities through gardening and local food security (www.growinghope.net) and People’s Food Co-op has long sought to feed a community with wholesome food and good work (www.peoplesfood.coop).

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