Replied to by Ton Zylstra

I’ve come to think of it as a balance, because having connections to the outside is key too. With local just being local you are cut off of the rich tapestry of ideas, people, tools etc from elsewhere that can be of such value strengthening community when expressed and applied locally.

Really true – it’s important not to become closed off.  There is a wealth of ideas and values to be gathered from around the world, and that’s the beauty of the Internet, allowing us to connect to those.  The mix is important.  Politically speaking at present in the UK, with a national government that doesn’t represent me at all, taking us out of a federation of countries that I love, the local feels like the most hopeful site of action for now – but local actions infused with ideas from around the world.


  • Ton Zijlstra

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