New Dream Community Action Kit



Guide to Going Local

No one wants to live in Anywhere, USA.

Local matters. Every city and town is unique in its people, talents, and needs — and this uniqueness should be embraced and nurtured. Strong local economies lead to communities that are self-reliant, provide quality jobs, and are fun places to live. We all want vibrant local economies and healthy downtown areas — but how do we get there?

The second guide in the New Dream Community Action Kit will help you go local. It's full of ideas and advice on how to strengthen the local economy in your town: through buying local, highlighting new entrepreneurs, instilling local pride, investing locally, and more.

With how-to tips, fun videos, and useful resources, the Guide to Going Local will provide the inspiration and practical tools you need to get started on these projects in your community – right away!

The guide is produced in collaboration with BALLE and explores four Action Ideas to help communities go local:

  • Build Pride in Your Local Place – with a focus on local pride videos
  • Foster Local Entrepreneurship – with a focus on pop-up retail
  • Buy Local (and Sustainable) – with a focus on cash mobs
  • Invest Locally – with a focus on pitchfests

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Thank you to our backers!

The Guide to Going Local was a crowdfunded project made possible by over 150 individual backers around the country. Thank you to all the donors who made this project a reality!

About the New Dream Community Action Kit

The Guide to Going Local is part of the New Dream Community Action Kit, a series of free online guides to help people organize collective action and civic engagement to build more sustainable, healthier, and happier communities. Topics for future guides include DIY & reskilling, greening your community, fighting commercialism, and growing local food systems.

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Tell us what you think!

Do you find the Guide to Going Local useful? Have you tried our project ideas in your community? What topics or ideas would you like to see in future guides? Please email us or share your stories, questions, tips, and other feedback by adding a comment below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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