“People who live in highly self-sufficient local communities are less likely to get involved in large-scale violence than people whose existence depends on world-wide systems of trade.” —E.F. Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful
"The next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community; a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the Earth." - Thich Nhat Hanh
We know that going against the dominant culture isn’t easy. Inertia is strong, and we can’t change it all alone. Holding a new story is only possible in a community.
One of the most devastating effects of the war economy has been severing community bonds and alienating us from each other. Where we used to live in villages where everyone knew and took care of each other, now we live in big boxes with doors and gates. Where we used to grow and cook food together, now we pay cashiers and servers for groceries and restaurant meals.
Growing the love between us and learning to depend on each other again is perhaps the most significant thing we can do to transform the war economy, and it’s also what nourishes our humanity and creates the conditions conducive to life.
Do you have a community to explore growing a local peace economy with? How can you find your people? And what can you do together?
We’re here to support you! Here are some ideas to start you off:
Local Peace Gathering
For individual support with growing your community, send an email to Kelly, our Local Peace Economy organizer, at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will set up a time to talk!