Links and Resources:
We provide this list in the interest of offering our visitors a wide variety of resources and thinking on the topics related to economic interdependency, sustainability, and climate change. In the interest of broadening the dialogue we have included links to resources that represent interests from a variety of perspectives. We do not take any responsibility for the content on these pages.
Please let us know if have a useful link to share or local organization who is working towards the same goals we are here at Common Good Market. Contact us to share your recommendations and let us know if you find a link no longer functioning or with inappropriate content so that we can delete it.
The following links are to New England businesses we think capture the spirit of locally made products, self reliance, and respect for the environment. Please take a moment to visit with a few of our Good Neighbors.
Bee Keeping Hives and Supplies, plus great classes, videos, and tons of information for novice and experienced beekeepers of all types - Made in Maine
Christy Hemenway, Owner and beekeeper extraordinaire– www.goldstarhoneybees.com
When we were just getting organized to start Common Good Market, I started a WordPress account and wrote a series of essays that helped me think through the issues of re-localization, community, and New England’s Promise. Hopefully I will get back to that blog someday soon. Meanwhile you can find the 2009 essay collection at www.newenglanderbychoice.wordpress.com
Reading that will fuel your commitment to local:
A demographic and economic profile of our region.
Regional Economic Data Collection, Research, and Think Tanks
There are several organizations that routinely collect data about the New England economy, track trends and issue reports. The New England Economic Partnership the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston both offer specific economic data and analysis of interest. The New England Council of Governors engages in regional planning along with the Premiers of adjacent Canadian provinces.
- New England Economic Indicators January 2009
- The Future of Skilled Labor
- New England Economic Partnership
- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
- New England Council of Governors
- Expected effects for Maine
International Day of Climate Action. Goal is to get below 350 ppm of CO2 – considered the safe limit for humans. Current at 387 ppm
Community sites for lending, swapping, & giving
Sustainability/Social Change/Progressive Agenda
The following organizations have a strong orientation to environmental and economic sustainability as a social and political agenda:
- The Rhode Island based Aperion Institute for Sustainable Living
- New England Forestry Foundation
- Making Sense New England
An interesting site that features pubic television and radio stories of how New Englanders can weather the current economic storm.
- The 10% Shift
An effort to raise awareness about the importance of local economies within New England.
National groups include the following:
- Slow Money
- Yes! Magazine
- Marion Institute
sponsors of the Bioneers by the Bay Event in MA
- Common Dreams
- American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA)
- New Rules Project
- New Economy Network
- Living Economies Forum
- Reclaim Democracy
- Institute for Local Self Reliance
- Green America
- National Maine Street Preservation Center
Chris Jordan makes the most incredible statements about our excessive consumption through his large scale photographic art pieces. His work can be found at www.chrisjordan.com
The Earth Charter Community of the Lower Valley- CT River Valley group based in East Haddam, CT www.eccolov.org associated with Earth Charter International www.earthcharter.org and Earth Charter US www.earthcharterus.org
(go to North Quabbin Woods site for exceptional links on north woods forestry initiatives-
www.ted.com is a site that promotes the generation of new ideas that emerge from the annual Technology, Entertainment, and Design conference. The site posts over 200 talks that anyone can watch free of charge on topics ranging from economic theory to emerging thinking on harnessing solar technology — and everything in between.