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LIFT Economy partner and worker-owner Kevin Bayuk interviews Jessica Prentice, inventor of the term "Locavore" and founder of Three Stone Hearth — a cutting edge community-financed, worker-owned cooperative enterprise in Berkeley, California. Prentice takes a pragmatic view, seeing local eating as an educational exercise in "consciousness raising" rather than a necessary or sufficient solution to problems of modern food production and consumption.
Podcast: How Residents of an English Town Took Governance and the Local Economy Into Their Own Hands
The stories in this series come from a small town in the United Kingdom called Frome, but the themes and topics explored are global in scale, ranging from the Americas to the Himalayas. Despite its unique setting, nestled in the sleepy countryside of southeast England, Frome is a microcosm of much of what is taking place in towns and cities through the world. The voices of Frome tell stories that will sound familiar all across the globe, and if you listen closely, you just might hear your own story in there as well.