For each Localism Initiative we have a small Working Group. A Working Group follows four stages: to Inform, to Inspire, to Imagine and to Innovate. The eventual product of a Working Group is a sustainable, repeatable and measurable and Program that benefits the local community.
The Pilot Team iterates to find Local Market Fit following lean innovation principles. Adjustments are made based on feedback or tests. Criteria for measuring success is created, which will determine if the project aligns with Localism’s mission and model. If it meets the criteria it can move on to become an official Program, and move into full production. At this time the Pilot team organizes a Production Team, which is usually a new group that is focused on repeatable, scalable operations. The Production Team is focused on scaling the project to the scale of one city first, and then refining before taking it to other metro areas.
In order for a Project to receive a green light it must meet the following general criteria along with project-specific criteria:
The Local Merchants Project has completed a Pilot Program in the Twin Cities, and the Production Team is preparing for an official launch. The Project is called CLIQUE which stands for Cooperative of Local Independent Quality Urban Establishments.
CLIQUE is now launching in two neighbor-city metro areas: Los Alamitos and Long Beach California, and Minneapolis / St. Paul Minnesota. The model has three initial phases:
The Local Schools Project has moved past the Prototype stage and is in full production in the Los Alamitos Unified School District. It consists of a mobile communication platform that integrates text messaging, an iPhone app, an Android app, and social media. The app connects the campus, classroom and community in the following ways:
The Local Growers initiative is in the early stages of forming a working group. The initial focus is to Inform people about the economic and health benefits related to independent farms, edible gardens, grocers co-ops, farmers markets, local producers of unique foods and beverages, and the restaurants who serve these goods. The working group will use this information to Inspire a conversation that may ultimately lead to a sustainable project.
If you are interested in participating in a working group please contact us. We are also hiring for our programs that are in production.
We are actively building a network of locally owned merchants in select towns, and offer a program that encourages residents to buy local. We've invested in the development of tools and technology that can give independent businesses an edge over major chains.
We provide a social platform for school districts that unites students, parents and faculty around the events and conversations that make school life memorable. We also build fundraising tools that connect the school community to the greater community.
We highlight the economic, health and community benefits of the local food movement. This includes independent farms, edible gardens, farmers markets, grocers co-ops, producers of unique foods and beverages, and the restaurants that serve them.
The Localism campaign informs and inspires people to choose local merchants over chains, support local charities and schools, and equip advocates. Advocates like you help spread awareness of the benefits of Localism by bringing the campaign to your town.
Learn how we are putting these initiatives into action with our platform.
Student engagement declines with each year of school. To increase engagement the Tools for Schools™ project connects students, teachers and parents. It works by integrating the technologies that teenagers readily embrace: social media, text messaging and smartphone apps. Students can share tweets and Instagram photos on a campus social feed, while parents, faculty and the community stay up to date on school activities, academics, athletics and the arts. It also provides realtime access to grades and event schedules. The system employs patent-pending privacy technology to safeguard students.