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January 20, 2008


Tim Harrap

As ever Alan, an interesting blog on changing market dynamics. When we were first in contact I mentioned the Slow Food movement emanating out of Italy. What was fascinating about the organization was its visceral commitment to all things local. People bought into this project big time and the Slow Food campaign has truly gone global. Up to the end of last year the HQ in Italy published a quarterly magazine with an eclectic bunch of articles from around the world. So whilst being conscious of local food production systems and trying to save local specialities you were able to feel part of a greater whole.
Now the quarterly magazines have been stopped and the national offices (e.g. SlowFood UK) are to take up the reins of publishing "local" smaller magazines. The first instance of this has recently arrived on my desk and how parochial it seems. Someone has lost the plot of why Slow Food caught on - yes local is great but there is something spectacular about really connecting with people across the globe - at a human level - across borders. We don't need the drawbridge being raised!


To quote the earlier comment:

"there is something spectacular about really connecting with people across the globe"

Spectacular to the point that the very architecture of human consciousness at the global level is changing: Tiny flashes of local thought and action rippling outward to the world, interacting with other ripples, changing and being changed--endlessly and rapidly! All becoming part of a larger entity that we all live inside, thus can never be sure of it's true boundaries (as if there actually are boundaries!).

Historians will need to be Futurists just to keep up with today--as if they actually could keep up at all.


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