From today’s perspective, it seems that our lives are becoming more and more global: we’re ordering products online from other countries, using power from hundreds of kilometres away, and eating food from all over the world. However, other trends are pulling us back to our local communities. In 2030, communities may rely less on the global marketplace due to breakthroughs in solar and wind power, at-home 3D printing, and the return of gardening.
If localizers do their jobs well, communities will not be affected by global problems such as a decline in oil, extreme weather, or political conflicts.Many resources will be available for people within their own communities. For example, local solar power will provide people with electricity for their homes; local 3D print shops will allow people to print their own toys and household goods like glassware and dishes; and local gardens and greenhouses will provide plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Localizers will help communities coordinate all of these activities. They match local producers of goods and services to local customers and companies who need them.
If localizers do their jobs well, communities will not be affected by global problems such as a decline in oil, extreme weather, or political conflicts. Localizers will play a role like that of a trusted teacher: they are the ones who know everyone’s name and they’re the ones to see when trying to solve a tough problem.
Localizers will benefit from education in operations, logistics and supply chain management. A localizer’s education might touch on areas involving math, accounting, and business. Localizers have the networking skills of real estate agents and the people skills of a social worker. They have a vested interest in the wellness of a community and are often seen going to door to door to chat with residents.