One of many organisations promoting locally based alternatives known to LWM is the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) – a non-profit organisation, Seen today on its events site: Will the local economy movement replace the ‘climate movement’? Extract: As one of the clearest voices to emerge since the inception of the climate movement, 350.org brought hard science to the masses and […]
Last time we elected supposedly strong governments both in 1979 and 1997, the following few years saw the Pound go up in value and it was a disaster for the West Midlands.
The volcanic ash saga gives us a taste of what things will be like if we don’t develop markets and aviation policies fit for the 21st century. The Birmingham Post’s editorial this week criticised Birmingham Friends of the Earth, for pointing out that whilst inconvenient for many, the volcanic ash saga has at least resulted in a huge reduction in greenhouse gas emissions […]
Back in November I wrote on our website about the Trades Unions Council conference I attended for LWM at which, to the frustration of the audience and speakers, the Labour minister and MP present seemed entirely unable to address the relevance of intelligent public spending (debt as investment) to alleviate recession and generate economic prosperity. As we progress towards the election, it is increasingly and depressingly clear […]
Some years ago, Devolve’s Mark Kinzley wrote about the devolution of the economy: “The globalised economy is the export and import of products across the planet and between regions within the same nation-state. Its values are ‘economies of scale’ and ‘the principle of comparative advantage’: that each region should concentrate on producing those things that it is ‘best at’ and […]
Hello from Localise West Midlands, the small thinktank, campaign group and consultancy promoting a localised approach to trade, money flow and decision-making for a more just and sustainable society. If you don’t know us yet, see our website www.localisewestmidlands.org.uk. Now we have joined the 21st century and acquired a blog, we hope to have various members of our steering group […]
Report in brief from TUC “Beyond Crisis” conference 16th November 2009 The TUC conference “Beyond Crisis: A Progressive Future for the UK Economy” was a slightly split-personality event, as if its organisers and speakers could be divided into two sets of people who had very different ideas of how much ‘rethinking’ the economy really needed. Some speakers and audience members […]