Green, not hippie, is Tim Smit's view (htp: Brian Gongol)
Perhaps more practical is the Transition Towns initiative, which has already recruited Totnes and Monmouth, for example.
And an even wider perspective is offered by Charles Hugh Smith's thoughtful "Of Two Minds" blog, which is founded on the principle that individual survival is necessarily a collective issue. He believes in this so firmly that he is making his book* available for download free of charge. * "Survival+: Structuring Prosperity for Yourself and the Nation"