Bringing Local Business and Economy Home What we’ll explore tonight:
The local business and economic landscape in the community and region
Globalisation and localisation
Relationships and collaboration – beyond marketing to meaningful relationships
Sufficiency – living within our means
The local business and economic landscape in the community and the shire Let’s write our own story…
What’s coming down the line at you and your business – a mini map
What are our local/regional conditions and context – A SWOT discussion
Working with key guides and strategies:
- Boonah Rural Futures Plan
- Beaudesert Economic Development Plan
Where are our local leverage points?
Globalisation and Localisation
Two potential pathways:
- Centralised globalised economy
- Localised, decentralised enterprise and community
The Greening of Globalisation
Benefits and pitfalls of globalisation and localisation for us and our region
Relationships and Collaboration
Business networks, colleagues and peers – building a local business community (alliances vs competition)
Staff, customers, guests, local government and beyond
Sufficiency – Living Within Our Means
The Earth’s carrying capacity – limited resources
Climate change and peak oil as drivers for change
The place of enterprise
Shifting economic pictures – from endless growth to stable state to
Quality of life and wellness are important measures too
Reflection and Action
What did you do over the past four weeks?
What will you bring your attention to over the next four weeks?
“ When human behaviour and climate go haywire together, it is a most disturbing thing – it breaks your heart and mind together. A long drought with a long war, shortage of water and not enough mercy, mad winds and mass mindedness – these things in unison can tear the plot right out of your grasp. This is how you lose the plot: the living coherent story about sanity and nature – the reliable narrative by which we cobble together some sense of ourselves and all that whirls around us.
… Life is strange enough at the best of times, and making sense of it is not easy. Sometimes, however, life’s absurdity is simply a gift that we might gladly and humbly accept – a form of holy communion…” Michael Leunig, Sept 2006