I last posted on this question back in 2008 and have seen a few references here and there to relocalization and the transition initiative (transition towns) since that time but nothing substantive and in-depth. Back in 2008, Daniel Lerch's Post Carbon Cities was published and he wrote an article for the December 2008 edition of Planning Magazine where I had written an associated sidebar related to my experience in relocalization up to that time. Since then, I've seen the emergence and growth of the Transition Town movement stemming from Rob Hopkins initial work in Kinsale, Ireland and then Totnes, UK.
While a few planners here and there seem familiar with these efforts and movements, there does not seem to be significant interest in the potential of relocalization as a model for sustainability nor the transition initiative for local public mobilization, even though numerous other disciplines such as environmental advocacy, social movements, organic agriculture and permaculture, and even new urbanism are interested in its possibilities.
As a planner who is well versed in these initiatives, I'd be interested in the experiences of other planners who have been involved either professionally or as a volunteer in relocalization or transitioning. And if not, provided you recognize the threats of peak oil, climate change, and economic globalization, perhaps you can share your criticisms. I'd love to see a discussion thread morph into something more substantive at some point.