Transition Bluffton will be participating once again in the Blaze of Lights parade on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 5:00. Please join us in walking behind our banner and passing out seeds. Costumes on a nature or environmental theme are encouraged but not necessary. More details to come.
Unlike big box stores who have vast amount of captial and overhead to cusion the blows of rocks midstream, an owner of a local business can sometimes feel like they are running rapids in a small skiff and their paddles have just broke. However, everyone knows that shopping local helps build the economy of your hometown. So how do local business owners build up local loyalty and trust that can act like the needed “cushion from the rocky rapids”? What does building local resilience mean?
TransitionUS has tried to answer that in their Re-Economy program. In order for a business to show resilience it needs to be flexible and malleable enough to adapt and change with the local needs. It means local business need to be able to supply their materials locally and hire workers from the local community. To be seen as giving back. Transition US has created a checklist, “CHECKLIST FOR RESILIENCE-BUILDING ENTERPRISES” to assess if local businesses are resilient. How many Bluffton businesses do you think make the grade?
Struggling to get that change you so desperately know the world needs? Running out of money and steam while trying hard to make important changes in the world? Have you considered the power of making that change locally.
That is one of the goals of Transition US and one of the basic precepts of Transition Bluffton. There is power in starting with our own families, houses and land that can lead to great change at a community level. Working locally allows you to direct all your energies toward a solution you can enjoy the outcome of directly and still make global change. Once others outside the community notice the positive change within your community they will want to know how the change occurred. When they come to you TEACH them. This is where true activism occurs.
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