Tag Archives: local

  • Podcast

    Francis Koster: Rescuing Your Local Economy

    Success stories for sustainable communities
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 3:12 PM

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    "Locally there are lots of nice, tidy, quarter-of-a-million-dollar investments sitting there that the large companies will not do because their overhead is too high. So one of my themes is look in your own backyard — focus on fiscally-conservative, sound investments and focus on local employment. You will be surprised at the opportunity that just leaps out at you."

    So says Francis Koster, author of the new books Rescuing Your Local Economy and Rescuing School Kids who specializes in identifying community investment opportunities that offer attractive returns for the capital provider as well as long-term benefits for the local residents.

    In this podcast, Francis highlights a number of the case studies he's collected at his website, The Optimistic Futurist, where motivated individuals have improved their local schools, roads, food, water supply, etc. while earning double-digit returns. These models can be adopted in nearly any community, which is the purpose behind Francis' work.

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  • Blog
    Peak Prosperity

    What Should I Do? – Crash Course Chapter 26

    Take prudent steps NOW, while there's still time
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, January 10, 2015, 3:43 PM

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    If there’s one message to take away from this newly-updated Crash Course video series, it’s this:  It’s time for you to become more resilient and more engaged. Things are changing quickly and nobody knows how much time we have before the next economic, ecological or energy related crisis erupts.  Nobody knows when, but we do have a pretty good idea of what is coming.

    And it is within your control to enter the coming future with a higher degree of security, prosperity and fulfillment than you enjoy now.

     

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  • Podcast

    Bruce Seifer: Creating A Durable Local Economy

    Lessons from the Burlington, VT model
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, April 20, 2014, 11:35 PM

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    In a recent podcast with Michael Shuman discussing local economies, Shuman praised the progress made in Burlington, Vermont over the past 25 years — largely led by a local activist named Bruce Seifer who co-authored the book Sustainable Communities: Creating a Durable Local Economy. This caught the attention of a number of PeakProsperity.com readers and, at their request, we invited Bruce to speak specifically about the urban revitalization he has helped bring about in Burlington, and what other communities can learn from that model.

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  • Podcast

    Michael Shuman: The Benefits of Deploying Investment Capital Locally Vs Wall Street

    Better returns, stronger communities
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, March 23, 2014, 10:01 AM

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    The Federal Reserve and other central planners have worked overtime to lead the world back to "recovery" from the depths of the 2008 financial crisis. Using one of their main signaling indicators, they've succeeded: stock market indices are hovering near all-time highs.

    But, as has been often discussed here, are we really better off for it?

    Recent survey data from Bloomberg show that 4 out of 5 Americans don't feel any more financially secure as a result of the stock market rescue. 62% believe the country is headed in the wrong direction:

     

     

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  • Daily Prep
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    Local Harvest Website

    Find local food and farmers in your area
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Saturday, July 7, 2012, 5:00 PM

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    Farmers Market season is in full swing and there is lots of great food out there find and eat.  LocalHarvest.org is a great directory and resource for finds local area farmers, farmers markets and food producers in your area.  Find and support the people who grow great food.  They even have an App!

    http://www.localharvest.org/

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  • Daily Prep
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    Foraging for Food in Your Neighborhood

    Find food locally and get to know your neighbors
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 5:29 PM

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    As you travel your neighborhood on walks or the daily commute, try to take notice of your environment and take stock of the various edible and medicinal plants growing in your area.  You will be amazed at what is available and growing.  Many can be harvested for free or shared with the neighbor who is growing them.  It is a great way to meet new people who are building resiliency. 

    Learn about some of the rules of the road and find some other resources here:  http://www.urbansustainableliving.com/foraging-for-food-in-your-neighborhood.html

     

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  • Blog

    Fibershed: A Case Study In Sourcing Textiles Locally

    by rburgess

    Friday, January 20, 2012, 7:38 PM

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    Most of us dress ourselves each morning with garments that were grown, processed, designed and sewn by an anonymous supply chain. A combination of animal, plant, machinery, imagination, and technical skill came together to clothe you, but it is rare to have connection to any of these real life elements.

    It is the goal of one central Californian community’s members to put a face on their wardrobes, and to uncover, develop, and build a new way of engaging with the textiles of their lives. A bioregional supply chain known as a Fibershed is being grown out of a region with a 150 mile diameter — the epicenter just north of San Francisco. 

    The project aims to bring a thriving local alternative to conventional textile manufacturing systems and to support communities in reviving, sustaining, and networking their raw material base with skilled design and artisanal textile talent.

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