This blog is simply about Res Locus – or “things of place or locality”. Its sole aim is to encourage thought and debate on a range of subjects that could bring about the creation of a new world order with us all taking more time to focus on things of place.
The more trendy political term that is often used is “localisation” or “localization” depending on what kind of English you prefer. However, this term is often loaded with top-down political agendas from national bodies that are often short of money and want to delegate responsibility without the necessary funds or real ambition to make things happen at the local level.
Res Locus is more about real cases about real people, genuine local debate, inspired local thinking, effective local decision-making and simple local empowerment. It is some of these things that will surely be needed to fill the leadership vacuum when some of the old bodies (and global bankers) finally realise that they need to stop generalising, aggregating and “rolling-up” to allow a greater diversity of thought, opinion and action at a local level to make the world a better place.
If we are to define this new-world-order in this new era of the internet, global warming and financial uncertainty, then we need to think about how we reconstruct our society by reinforcing the fact that, whatever distractions we have, we are all, basically human and need physical connection with local places that represent our local community as well as the love and encouragement of family and friends that are part of it
Res Locus. Simply encouraging things of place or things of locality.
(The picture above is a settlement of Pfahlbauten (“pile dwellings”) which is a reconstructed village of Stone Age and Bronze Age dwellings built on stilts in Southern Germany on the edge of the Bodensee. It has been built to show how the original lake dwellers lived, surviving off the fish that swam outside their humble huts. Even then, the dwellers had home, places of work and places of community!)