Place matters. The place where you live is becoming increasingly more important. A recent article in Yes! Magazine explored the importance of localism, a growing trend in the US and Canada.
Localism is an expression of small government where there is exchange and reciprocity. It is about working together for the good of the community.
The article calls for a strengthening of regional institutions to create more connected and more caring communities. Richard Harwood, of The Harwood Institute, has, for many years called on communities and community leaders to turn outward. Turning outward is about deeply engaging with your neighbours and your community. It is about understanding the challenges that the community faces and then using your resources or those of your organization to work differently.
The rise of localism provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and networks to work differently together. It enables them to work in the space of and for the local community. Localism provides a frame of reference where citizens can have impact. Localism also provides a space where we can connect across political divides, we all care about the place that we live, we just have to care about it together.