Friday, October 10, 2008
We have been getting calls in this morning for Bill McKibben's book "Deep Economy"! I guess David Suzuki is Hosting the Current today on CBC and they have been talking up Bill's book, which is great since the Economy is on everyone's mind these days! Jenn and I were lucky enough to sit in on a seminar with Bill this summer and we have been hand selling "Deep Economy" to everyone we know. Every small business owner should read this book!
Create a Strong Local Deep Economy
Acclaimed author and activist Bill McKibben coined the term "deep economy" to refer to the economy that each of us actually lives in--places we shop, the items we purchase, and the impact of those choices. In his New York Times bestseller, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, McKibben makes the compelling case for moving beyond "growth" as the paramount economic deal and pursuing prosperity in a mare local direction. Inside are suggestions on how to do just that.
Invest in Your Community
Top Ten Reasons to Buy Local
1. Money spent with local businesses stays in the community.
2. Small businesses create more new jobs.
3. Local businesses give the community its unique character.
4. Small-business owners invest more in the community.
5. Local merchants provide better customer service.
6. Small businesses increase competition and provide more choices.
7.Locally owned businesses leave a smaller carbon footprint.
8. Locally owned businesses use relatively fewer public services and less infrastructure.
9. Entrepreneurs and young leaders settle in communities that support local businesses.
10. Small businesses give more of their proceeds to local charities.
Want to learn more?! Read Deep Economy!!
Also check these other interesting links!
American Independent Business Alliance
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
Community Alliance with Family Farmers
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
The Relocalization Network
350.org Global Warming. Global Action. Global Future.
International effort to raise awareness of the need to decrease carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million.
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