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Local Revival: Building a Decentralized Economy

| Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 14, 2012 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

Local farms, independent retailers, and community banks are all experiencing newfound public support and growing in number. While these trends are encouraging, local businesses still account for only a small share of the economy. In this 15-minute talk, delivered at the ISEC’s Economics of Happiness conference in May 2012, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell presents a compelling case for moving local enterprises from the economy’s margins to its mainstream.

Stacy Mitchell – Local Revival from The Economics of Happiness on Vimeo.

Stacy Mitchell is a senior researcher for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and the author of Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers. This is her plenary talk at ISEC’s Economics of Happiness Conference 2012, held in Berkeley, California. For more information about Stacy Mitchell, go to To learn more about the Economics of Happiness Conference or about ISEC’s work, go to

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About Stacy Mitchell

Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and directs its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a range of allies to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise.  She is the author of Big-Box Swindle and also produces a popular monthly newsletter, the Hometown Advantage Bulletin.  Connect with her on twitter and catch her TEDx Talk: Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy. More

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