Go Local was founded in 2017 in Eugene, Oregon, with a mission to help communities be healthier and happier. We help people connect directly to locally grown food, participate in fun activities and share their resources, passion and skills. The idea behind Go Local started many years ago, but it wasn’t until Thomas, CEO and Founder, left his career with the financial industry that Go Local went from an incubated idea to a company.
We want to be your partner in finding solutions to three major challenges facing our generation:
- Finding effective ways in managing our time with our smart phones and social media.
- Helping people get more healthy.
- Reducing waste and lessen the impact to our environment.
Our Generation’s Challenges
Our first challenge are smartphones. They have become an integral part of our lives. We can order just about anything with it and it’ll come to us faster than before. We can connect to most people in the developing world using social media. These conveniences also bring with them challenges. On average, people spend between four to five hours a day on their mobile devices and social networks. According to, The Atlantic, “Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.”
Chamath Palihapitiya, Facebook’s ex-vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, before recommending people take a “hard break” from social media. He went on to say, “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works;” referring to online interactions driven by “hearts, likes, thumbs-up.” “No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem — this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem.”
Sean Parker of Napster fame and an early investor in Facebook said he has become a “conscientious objector” to social media, and that Facebook and others had succeeded by “exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.”
Smartphones not only are negatively impacting our mental health but our physical health as well. The more we use our smartphones, the more sedentary our lives become.
Health and Obesity
Our second challenge is obesity. According to Wikipedia, “In the United States, it has been increasingly cited as a major health issue in recent decades, resulting in diseases such as coronary heart disease that lead to mortality, While many industrialized countries have experienced similar increases, obesity rates in the United States are the highest in the world. Two out of three men are obese. The rate for women is even higher.”
Trash and Waste
Trash is our third challenge. We Americans generate a lot of trash because we buy a lot of things. On average, each person generates 4.6 pounds of trash per day or four-fifths of a ton of trash per year. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans generated 251 million tons of trash in 2006, the most recent year for which has data. Fifty-five percent gets buried in landfills, 33 percent gets recycled, and 12.5 percent goes to incinerators. Most of the trash in landfills don’t decompose because they are sealed. China stopped taking our recyclables in 2017. Some of those recyclables will end up in landfills. Landfills can leak and contaminate our ground water system. The incinerators do produce electricity, but also cause pollution.
Our Solution: Invest in People and Communities
Redirecting the current trend will require all of us to work together. We can use the same technology that has been negatively affecting our society to help promote healthier lifestyles.
Time Spent Without Smartphones
People can use their smart phones to find fun activities to do with others. Thomas used technology to help organize people who playing volleyball. They play at least two hours a week since June 15, 2016. The group has grown everyday and is currently at 350 members. When they are playing volleyball, they aren’t on their phones. We are working to scale these types of programs across the state, nation and world.
When it comes to health, especially obesity, the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is the least expensive and move effective way to ensure we are healthy. Proper nutrients is the foundation of our health. When people eat more nutrient dense food, their bodies can better protect them. Not only will people feel better, look better but will also have less illnesses . We are partnering with local farmers to get their food into more homes. You can buy their products from Go Local and pick it up from the nearest location. With data on what the demands are for certain food, we can let the farmers know what else they can grow to diversify our food supply. This way we don’t have a bunch of farmers growing the same tomatoes and not enough growing kale. We are also working on future plans to deliver their food to your homes. We’ll get healthier and our local economy will prosper as well.
Solving the trash issue is similar to solving the health challenge — it’s about preventing trash from entering our homes. It’s about reusing containers we have and buying in bulk using those containers. There aren’t many places focusing on zero waste and selling more items in bulk. We are working on piloting some ideas.
When we buy less things, we’ll have less trash. We all have tools and equipment that are just sit there. Instead of each home having a similar tool, we can rent out what we have. We make money and save someone else money too.
Let’s Do Better
Society need to get back to being mindful of what we consume and how we spend our time. Let’s do better than simply treating symptoms. We can create lifestyles that will prevent symptoms for starting to begin with! Getting back to living in the moment and being present with each other will help us live healthier and happier lives.
Go Local is a platform that brings people together to have fun and stay active. We encourage people to use their skills to help others. In addition, our company strives to find ways to make it convenient for people to get locally grown food. When individuals live an active and healthy lifestyle, doing things that they love and sharing those moments with others, production of “happy chemicals” (dopamine, serotonin, endorphins, and oxytocin) increases. They become healthier and happier. We strongly believe that by investing locally in our people, we create happier communities and reduce our impact on the environment.