The Guide to Going Local

by Center for a New American Dream

$8,720 pledged of $12,000 goal
Tipping Point: $8,000
Ultimate Goal: $12,000
$8,720 pledged of $12,000 goal
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Campaign Overview

Want to strengthen your local economy -- but don't know how? Help New Dream launch the next guide in our Community Action Kit!

What is the New Dream Community Action Kit?

The Community Action Kit is a series of free online guides to help people organize collective action and civic engagement to make their communities more sustainable, healthy, and happy.

What's different about these guides?

Our guides answer the question HOW? How can we change our communities? What are some practical, real things that we can do right now to get started?

Each guide offers step-by-step tips for planning and launching projects, fun videos profiling real communities around the country, and a comprehensive list of resources to learn more.

Successful Launch

In April, New Dream put out our first guide in the series, the Guide to Sharing — helping communities everywhere share more (stuff, labor, time, everything!).

In just the first month, over 2,000 people have checked out the guide on our website, and we're hearing exciting stories from people who are already using it to brainstorm new projects for their community.

But this is just the beginning. Up next — New Dream is going local.

Help us launch our next guide: THE GUIDE TO GOING LOCAL!

The Guide to Going Local will be a free, easy-to-use online resource to help people organize campaigns to strengthen their local economies.

Now more than ever, it is important to have strong, resilient communities — to connect neighbors with one another, to invest in local shops and jobs, and to find ways to truly measure the well-being of the community.

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 projects in your community — right away!

Topics in the guide will include:

- Fighting big box intrusion
- Supporting local food systems 
- Building resilience and reskilling
- Starting local investment clubs
- Embracing alternatives to GDP

Tipping Point Goal: $8,000

Total Funding Goal: $12,000

If we reach our tipping point, New Dream will be able to complete the Guide to Going Local and release it in Fall 2012. The funds will be used for:

* Research and Content Development: Staff time needed for our team to gather the most up-to-date, relevant information about the issues.

* Video Production: Time and resources to produce high-quality video stories that profile real people who are doing important work in their communities.

* Graphic Design: Design work to create a finished product that is professional, informative, visually exciting, and user-friendly.

If we reach our total goal, New Dream will be able to fully develop the Guide to Going Local! We will be able to produce video stories that represent multiple geographical regions around the country. We'll also be able to reach out to important partner organizations that are working on strengthening local economies and draw upon their expertise. The guide will offer extensive and comprehensive resources for cities, towns, and neighborhoods of all sizes.

Thank you for your support! We are truly excited about the Guide to Going Local, and we hope you are too!

Note: The Center for a New American Dream is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and your donation to this campaign is tax deductible.