Localization in a Global World: Exploring Local and Global Pathways to Resilience

Localization in a Global World: Exploring Local and Global Pathways to Resilience

June 13, 2017

What would it look like to live in a society where the majority of our basic needs were met locally? What implications would this lifestyle have for our stance as global citizens? This year-long Ashby Dialogue is dedicated to an exploration of localization as an environmental imperative with global ramifications. The series begins on September 4th at 6:30pm in the Weatherspoon Auditorium with the film “The Economics of Happiness” where dialogue co-organizer Laura Cole will lead the post-film discussion. The series will include a reading group, which will meet twice this semester to discuss select readings from The Localization Reader in a casual setting with delicious snacks. Join the reading group informational meeting on September 10th, 4pm in Gatewood 303 (RSVP to Laura at lbsmith5@uncg.edu). And, finally, mark your calendars for the big event: Ecovillages Around the World: Global Lessons for Local Sustainability with Karen Litfin on Tuesday, October 21st, 5:30pm in the Maple Room, EUC, UNCG campus. (See Karen’s incredible Ecovillage website here for a preview!) Inquiries can be sent to Laura Cole at lbsmith5@uncg.edu. All events are free and open to the public.

Save the date for….
A brainstorm about local food in Greensboro

Students, faculty, and community members across Greensboro are invited to FOODSTORM – a local brainstorm about Greensboro’s food needs. On March 27th, 2015, UNCG will host the FOODSTORM event from 12-3 PM at the Gatewood Studio Arts Building [3rd Floor studios]. The purpose of the event is to host interdisciplinary conversations about local food needs and then to catalyze action just in time to gear up for the 2015 growing season!

How will it work?

This event will feature organizations that are currently working on some piece of the local food system puzzle. These organizations will each present one thought-provoking question or issue they face. Attendees will then be invited to select an organization and join a small group conversation on the question posed by that organization. Each organization will also be encouraged to offer pathways for event attendees to join volunteer efforts after the Foodstorm event is over. There will be food trucks, awesome people, and many ways to get involved. Stay tuned for more details!

Participating organizations already include:

  • The City of Greensboro
  • Ethnosh
  • The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market
  • The City Oasis Project at Warnersville
  • The Mobile Oasis Mobile Farmers Market
  • The Guilford Food Council

The event is free and open to the public, and you can contact Laura Cole at lbsmith5@uncg.edu or Marianne LeGreco at melegrec@uncg.edu. If you are a local food organization seeking involvement, please contact Laura or Marianne about adding your organization to the list above.



FOODSTORM is part of UNCG’s 2015 Ashby Dialogue on “Localization in a Global World.” The dialogues are dedicated to understanding both local and global pathways to community resilience.

Film Series

September 4th The Economics of Happiness | View Trailer
October 9th Ethics of Fracking
November 13th Shored Up

This Ashby Dialogue is collaborating with the UNCG Sustainability Film Series to focus on films that intersect with the topic of Localization. Films begin at 6:30pm at the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium followed by discussion. All events are free and open to the public.

Note that Laura Cole will lead the discussion on 9/4 and dialogue co-organizer Corey Johnson will lead the discussion for the 10/9 Fracking film

Reading Group

September 10, 4:00pm – 303 Gatewood – UNCG Campus

If you are interested in joining a Localization reading group for the year, please come to an informational meeting and/or contact Laura Cole at lbsmith5@uncg.edu. We will meet 2-3x a semester and discuss a short set of relevant readings. Participants in the 9/10 meeting will take part in shaping the format of the reading group.

Ecovillages Around the World: Global Lessons for Local Sustainability.

October 21, 5:30pm – Maple Room, EUC – UNCG Campus

After teaching international environmental law and politics for nearly 20 years, Karen Litfin embarked upon a journey to ecovillages around the world to find models of living that could work for the long haul. From rural to urban, high tech to low tech, and spiritual to secular communities, she learned that not only is another world possible, it is already being born in small pockets the world over. Join us for an inspiring slide presentation and discussion of how we can learn from ecovillages and scale up their lessons to existing social structures, from the local to the global.

Following Dr. Litfin’s lecture, the department of Interior Architecture will host a design charrette on Wednesday, October 22nd. The charrette will focus on housing, food, and community (project to be determined). Dr. Litfin will advise student groups, and faculty from across campus are invited to join us in this free-flowing format. Details TBA. Please contact Laura Cole (lbsmith5@uncg.edu) if you are interested.

See our event page on Facebook.

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