You are right, Raam, not everybody can make a living selling digital products (although many people won’t probably *want* to do that, neither).
I agree with your emphasis on communities. The neighborhood is a very important sphere of influence, and it’s here where changes can be easily implemented. An exchange with larger communities and peer communities all over the planet would then certainly help in the development.
This is, as far as I can see, also a strategy that could help the poorer regions in the world. Instead of focusing on hyper-consumption, governments should try to support local artisans and businesses. While that’s easier said than done, I think it’s an important chance for national governments to prevent their own abolishment in the long run. Otherwise, if they continue to provide less and less benefits and let multinational companies undemocratically run the country, people will create alternatives (of whatever kind).