Over the next few weeks, we’ll be putting our minds and words to what it means, pragmatically and otherwise to support local economies. What we hope for in engaging the vast dialogue in this movement toward more integrated communities, is to evaluate some of the differences in how we think of trade at international and localized levels.
We don’t profess to have all the answers or any for that matter, nor do we think that we are experts in this discussion. Merely we hope to have a conversation with others who are similarly interested.
One of the concepts we wanted to look at more closely is the notion of ‘Fair Trade’ but within the context of local economy and not international trade. Please note, we are full supporters of Fair Trade a la international trade and practices, so this exploration will not be in criticism of Fair Trade at this level. Rather we are looking to apply the same principles at the local level to examine how consumers approach their purchasing decisions and how conversations about supporting local could benefit from a fair trade approach.
Anyone interested in joining this conversation, writing with us, meeting to discuss, etc, should contact us! More on this coming soon….