Building A New Story
What’s an economy for, anyway? Why do we accept living our lives based on an economic order that functions on scarcity, when our lives can and should be about abundance? Can we get to 90 percent renewable energy in Vermont by 2050? And can we be producing 50 percent of our food within New England by 2060? Just what is our responsibility to the planet?
Responses to all of these questions emerged at the five gatherings of the “Why Build A Local Economy” series that BALE organized at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph, Vermont this past fall.
These are new questions! These are deep, probing, provocative questions because it is our belief that we need to craft a new story of how we live on the Earth. There are many responses to these questions. Answers can be extraordinarily simple; answers can be to return to an “older” way; answers can lie in the digital revolution; answers can be some interesting combination. As this is very new territory, we will not know all the answers and so, have to trust the way as we move forward.
This winter we will be organizing programs that help develop some of the many ideas and active projects that have been envisioned (see column to the right). You’re invited to engage!
(Above photo shows BerkShares, a local currency that is used in western Massachusetts as an alternative to the U.S. dollar.)