A Localist Agenda: Policy and Politics for Building a Community-Scaled Economy

August 2014

The video : 1h23min

Filmed at NEC’s #CommonBound conference (www.commonbound.org).

Chief among the barriers we face in trying to transform our economic system is a web of local, state, and federal policies that concentrate economic power, undermine community-scaled enterprises and systems, and strip citizens of their capacity and authority to determine their own economic future. This workshop will focus on crafting a countervailing political narrative and shared policy framework for devolving economic power and advancing a just, sustainable, and community-scaled economy. Speakers will reflect on the anti-monopoly thinking that guided America’s political economy from the country’s founding until the 1980s and how it might be resurrected in today’s context; present an emerging policy agenda that outlines concrete municipal, state, and federal proposals for countering corporate power and rebuilding community-scaled enterprises; and explore organizing strategies to bring together small business, labor, environmental, and community groups in new ways to advance policy change.


Stacy Mitchell, Institute for Local Self Reliance

Barry Lynn, New America Foundation

Lew Daly, Demos