Short Circuit: Strengthening Local Economies for Security in an Unstable World

Green Books, 1996 - 386 páginas
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Short Circuit resonates. A vital read for uncertain times. -- Sara Parkin, Green Party founder Short Circuit is an indispensable tool-kit for communities and individuals seeking to initiate their own renewal from within. Douthwaite feels that in this time of global uncertainty each community should build an independent local economy capable of supplying its own goods and services. He details the financial structures necessary for self-reliance and the techniques already being used by some pioneering communities around the world. These include local currency and community banks, such as the one in Ithaca, New York; communities which provide their own energy generation, such as wind-energy co-ops in Denmark; and Maleny, a small town in Australia which Douthwaite feels is using more of these self-sufficiency techniques than any other place. Blending sophisticated analysis with practical guidance, Short Circuit opens up a wide range of possible futures and demonstrates sources of empowerment and cultural identity beyond conventional politics and economics. To help those interested in learning more, Douthwaite provides detailed information on hundreds of groups, magazines, and environmental and ecological associations worldwide.

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Richard Douthwaite is an economist and writer with a special interest in climate and energy issues and in local economic development. His best-known book, The Growth Illusion: How Economic Growth Enriched the Few, Impoverished the Many and Endangered the Planet explores the effects that the pursuit of growth has had on the environment and society.He is a co-founder of Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability, the Dublin-based international network of people who believe that the world's sustainability problems are due to the use of dysfunctional systems and are trying to develop better ones. His current projects include the design and introduction of novel financing arrangements for community energy projects and the management of the Carbon Cycles and Sinks Network which explores ways in which land-based greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced.

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