My first inclination is that the power to change through purchasing choices is the same problem that got us here and the inability for people to see new options. It seems people will not sacrifice or change their habits and insist on spending capital and buying more stuff. Even dynamic organizations can only think of selling to outsiders to bring them in. Merchandising our solutions is a bad idea.
Also, involving foreign countries in free-trade smacks again of the capitalistic and dominating nature of our economy and the single minded consumerism of America to solve others problems. So we buy their products with dollars and they use to money to what, build sustainability or buy foreign goods? It is a form of colonial economics not self reliance. Global markets are abused and energy wasted to transfer natural resources across oceans. Natural resources should not be exported and human efforts should be focused on self sustaining systems and self renewing fertility in the soil and minds of people.
This may be what we see in the city where it is expensive to exist. Everyone and every organization must be part of the economic system to survive for any length of time. Therefore they integrate with that economic model to survive and export that model as part of their organizational process.