Current activities

  • Localising Prosperity – practical and research project funded by Barrow Cadbury Trust, using localisation approaches to support inclusion, redistribution and diversity. See our Localising Prosperity web resources (separate site).
  • Reflections on Community Forum – an evaluation of the 1970s community engagement initiative Community Forum including lessons for current times. (report out now)
  • Establishing with others a Civil Society Forum to provide a  Civil Society voice within the West Midlands Combined Authority, and advocating policy change towards a more inclusive economic approach.
  • Exploring the potential inclusive economic contribution of the social care sector in the West Midlands Economy, with policy recommendations for the new Combined Authority.
  • Exploring with others the potential for a Birmingham Pound or other local currency initiative.
  • Working with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies and Birmingham City Council on their project to maximise community wealth through anchor institutions.
  • A feasibility study into renewable energy at a Birmingham allotment site.
  • An advisor on the Community Economic Development (CED) programme – a DCLG programme piloting CED plans with 50 communities.

See also our consultancy page, our 2012 timeline (pdf) outlining what achieved in our first ten years, and our news & archive thread.

Recent projects:

We’re in the process of reorganising our website and creating an archive, so apologies for any irrelevantly ancient materials in the meantime.

Energy, fuel poverty & housing retrofit


LWM 10th anniversary timeline poster – a poster of our first 10 years (2012).  Thanks to our volunteer Natalie Moreland.

Archive of past activities and projects



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