Local Futures/International Society for Ecology and Culture’s (ISEC) mission is to protect and renew ecological and social well being by promoting a systemic shift away from economic globalization towards localization. Through its “education for action” programs, Local Futures/ISEC develops innovative models and tools to catalyze collaboration for strategic change at the community and international level. We’ve been involved with cultural, economic and ecological issues for four decades now, and felt that it was time for a brief retrospective. What follows is far from comprehensive, but gives an idea of the depth and breadth of our work. As you will see, we were warning about the dangers of both biotechnology and so-called “free trade” three decades ago, while at the same time pioneering the localization movement – the local food movement, in particular. It is very gratifying to see that these issues are finally beginning to receive the attention they deserve.