New Home, New Website, New Direction

August 28th, 2008

Hello to all those who listen to our program. Thank you for allowing us to be of service to you. Today marks our first broadcast on WLUW in Chicago. We also have a new website, we welcome your comments on useful you find it.

From the inception of Business Matters, our purpose has been to serve two roles.

The first is to bring you new perspectives that provoke. We are committed to bring important issues that have an impact on the quality of life we can experience. Through the stories of our guests, we aim to offer you insights that will have you say, “Hey I like to be an agent for change” So that’s goal one..

The other goal we have is activation. Its not enough to know you want things to be different. It requires each of us to bring ourselves into action. Action that is an example of the change we desire.

This weeks program is a perfect example of our ambition. This is a program about bringing vitality back to our local communiites.

We start the program with Celine Rich. Celine is a co-founder of the Post Carbon Institute. They have been activist for creating local activation that is a direct response to the crisis of fossil fuel depletion and climate change. Celine with several collaborators crystalized the concept of “Relocalization” They defined this phenomena as bringing back to our local communities self-sufficiency in food and energy production and the development of prosperous local economies. Our interview with Celine will help you understand what’s driving this trend and how it could be brought into your local community.

Our second interview is with Michael Shuman. Michael has also been on the beat of relocalization for over 10 years. In 1998, he wrote “Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age” , Since then, Michael has been an advocate for reclaiming our local economies and shifting the political power from being the exclusive domain of big business to being shared with small, local businesses. Michael has served as the catalyst for the Business Alliance for Local Living and Economies.

Finally, we talk to Jules Dervaes. Jules and his 3 adult children are true practioners of relocalization. They have developed on 1/10 an acre near downtown Pasadena, Ca a sustainable micro-farm that produces 6000 pounds of food per year. This is something that all the “experts” say is impossible. They sell part of the produce to local restaurants. They also have a number of home-based businesses that support them. You can find out a lot more at their website Path to Freedom.

Finally, we extend an invitation to you. First we invite you to see how you can become involved in even a small way in being a catalyst for bringing back to our local communities (even in downtown Chicago) food and energy production. Also what can you do to support our local merchants who keep their profits right in your town.

If you have any stories you want to share, please leave them hear or drop us a line – we would love to hear from you.

Until later,

Thomas

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