Sustainable Economic Practices by Skip Shuda

President Obama has demonstrated that he is one of the most effective community organizers that the USA has ever seen.  Why not harness the President’s community building prowess, the bully pulpit and emerging “communities within communities” that focus on sustainable economic practices? Forward thinking economists are coming to realize that “growing our way” out of the current economic malaise may not be the only path forward.   Developing more sustainable local economies that have smaller footprints but big impact on families and individuals could provide a long term relief net as US economic transition plays out.   As transition towns, timebanks, CSAs, cooperatives and work-shares are tetra-emerging, a second term Obama team could harness them as a powerful ally in re-visioning America for the 21st century (and beyond).

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3 thoughts on “Sustainable Economic Practices by Skip Shuda

  1. Many of the already existing modalities have been in existence in communities for decades! This “tetra” emergence simply needs to become much, much more visible, through better educating the general population (Wally-worlders and such) in order for it to displace the current culture of ueber-consumerism in order for it to become the norm. From-the-bottom-up, grassroots movements (eg: encouraging people to produce their own food, CSA’s, food coops, bartering etc.) are the way to better promote sustainability, including reducing the need to over-produce with mono-crops (especially GMO’s). Revamping current USDA & environmental regulations thereby promoting better and cleaner use of soil amendments, as well as policies that will further prevent continued soil depletion, erosion, air & water pollution must take place.

    • Flora, thanks for the encouragement. Patricia – thanks for your comment. I agree that allowing the grass-roots to continue as-is remains the primary work to be done, but I am optimistic that Whitehouse endorsement and active encouragement could help shift some of our “uber-consumerism” memes more quickly towards sustainable community and lifestyle memes. Shining light on the community practices could encourage the groove to deepen. With such shifts, policy changes can follow that clear the way for the tetra-emergence – and perhaps even cross-community meshwork development could be facilitated by governing structures.

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