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 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 www.ilsr.org/stacy-mitchell/ To learn more about the Economics of Happiness Conference or about ISEC’s work, go to www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org.