Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Finding Rootedness in the Age of Vulnerability

In an increasingly vulnerable world, we’re searching for rooted communities—and what we can learn from them.

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... how does one define and measure rootedness? There are, we would suggest, several ways:
  • There is economic rootedness, which focuses on producing as much as possible locally, then nationally, then regionally, and only then globally. This notion is sometimes called subsidiarity, and it is very different from old-fashioned protectionism.
  • There is environmental rootedness, wherein communities control their water, their forests, and other natural resources, and hence have a vested interest in managing them sustainably.
  • And there is social rootedness, wherein (among other things) a society is more healthy if it is more equal and it also has a stronger sense of community.