The impact of the products we consume must be felt locally for there to be an ethical evaluation of the true cost of the effects of our consumption. In the very least, we should make every effort to think locally; to consider what we´d want for our own community; when we act globally.
Choosing independent businesses and local financial institutions is a great idea. But a purely consumer-oriented response won't get us where we need to go, in part because it fails to fully grapple with how we got here in the first place.
ABC News has issued a challenge to Americans to spend $64 on gifts made in the U.S. this season to spur the economy. I'm challenging each of us to not only get on board, but to spend those dollars in Michigan and help create jobs right here.
The Oregon Public House, just like many around the city, will have its own beer, serve food and create the perfect environment to spend time with friends and family. It will, however, have one fundamental difference: it will be a nonprofit pub.
If you believe the news, the future of the economy is in the hands of President Obama, Chairman Bernanke of the Federal Reserve, Prime Minister Cameron in Britain, Italian and Greek debt, the G5, BRIC, and everyone else but us.
If you want to improve this economy, don't look to Washington. Try buying local, buy from independent store owners, craftspeople and artists. If each of us changed even a small portion of our purchasing habits, we could collectively dig our country out of this economic mess.
Even in countries where the law clearly states that the public interest must be protected in large mergers, global trade agreements give corporations the upper hand, or at least give government authorities an excuse to ignore their own laws.
Campaigns that highlight the importance of local independent business can provide a big boost for small businesses and local economies battered by the recession, suggests a new survey by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.