Co-Create Policy Share Sometimes it isn’t enough to change the way you play. Sometimes you have to change the game itself, and the Localist movement is re-writing the rules that govern economic systems from the grassroots up. By drafting, advocating for and implementing policy, a broad cross-section of entrepreneurs, policymakers, economic development professionals and community members are transforming the legal structures that undergird the economy. New rules are needed to put an end to corporate subsidies and instead reward benefit corporations, mission-based procurement, investment in health, minimum wages, rights of nature, smart land-use planning and better public transportation. View RESOURCES Additional Resources Transforming Policy to Build Strong Local Economies Webinar – Stacy Mitchell, Rebecca Melancon, Eric Griego Growing Local Living Economies: a workbook detailing a new approach to economic development from the local economy perspective. Policy Change for Local Living Economies: David Brodwin, co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council, writes this report on practical strategies for policy change at the local level. Buffalo First championed significant alterations to the trajectory of redevelopment at Buffalo’s historic waterfront to favor locally owned businesses. Follow BALLE partners who are working with our fellows and members to lead the charge on good Localist policies: Demos and the American Sustainable Business Council. Our allies at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) provide policy tools and research to support local economy policy initiatives across several key sectors, including independent business, community banking, democratic energy, and public broadband. See their Localist Policy Agenda. In this video, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell, together with Barry Lynn of the New America Foundation and Aaron Bartley of PUSH Buffalo, talk about crafting a countervailing political narrative and shared policy framework for devolving economic power and building a community-scaled economy.