With the click of a button we can have nearly anything shipped from anywhere, without having to speak to anyone. Big corporations are applauded for their ability to distribute products at prices that seem to make them more accessible for everyone. It also feels like progress when a major chain opens up a nearby location, touting new jobs. But something unsettling happens when a “retail giant” moves into town: ¼ of the surrounding local businesses go out of business. Further, when you factor in the overseas manufacturing required to offer low prices, retail giants actually destroy three local jobs for every two they create. This results in a domino effect; skilled jobs disappear from the local economy, and the most vulnerable among us become dependent on the low cost-giants.
Independent retailers keep even more in the local economy, causing three to four times more money to recirculate locally. As these businesses grow they create skilled jobs rather than just clerk roles, and hire professional services from the surrounding community such as accountants and web designers. The domino effect continues to reverse as these local business owners and employees re-invest in the community by supporting local arts, charities and schools. Instead of watching our community move toward dependence on big corporations, we can encourage our neighbors to make a shift toward local self-reliance. Awareness leads to action, and action leads to advocacy.
We’ve launched a campaign to get this good information out there, and programs that directly benefit the local community. Become a Localism advocate for your town. Your community is your opportunity.
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.