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Cllr Laura Price says: “This is about real localism – us doing things for our community who would otherwise be abandoned.”

A year ago the residents of Hawes were in the news after launching their own Little White Bus in 2011...
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Relocalisation of food production and distribution: the ‘strategic alternative’

In the Friend, 19th October 2018, Clíodhna Mulhern remembers living in a market town in Ireland in the 1950s: “We shopped...
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Economics of Happiness 2018

Economics of Happiness 2018

I was fortunate enough to attend the Economics of Happiness conference 2018, in Bristol on the 19th and 20th of...
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Local Industrial Strategy Consultation

Local Industrial Strategy Consultation

The West Midlands Combined Authority is currently consulting on the Local Industrial Strategy for the West Midlands. This is your...
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Move beyond left/right, Brexit/Remain thinking, and build a movement for economic change

In similar vein to a recent post on this site, Helena Norberg-Hodge writes: Ever since the Brexit referendum was first...
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Birmingham Council’s policy of ‘Local Wealth Building’ through new municipal services and local procurement

. Introducing a fifteen-page paper ‘A REBIRTH OF MUNICIPAL SOCIALISM’ IN BIRMINGHAM? by RICHARD HATCHER Speaking to Labour Councillors in...
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A civil society strategy is announced

An inquiry into civil society, chaired by Julia Unwin, former chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, found that many...
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Los Angeles: a public bank with a mandate to serve the people?

Voters in Los Angeles will be the first in the United States to choose whether to set up their city’s...
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New impetus for community energy

The Financial Times reports that the falling cost of renewables, advances in battery storage and the prospect of selling electricity...
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WMCA’s new Inclusive Growth Unit

We’re really pleased to be part of the WMCA’s new Inclusive Growth Unit https://www.wmca.org.uk/news/linking-cranes-with-communities-wmca-launches-inclusive-growth-unit/. It’s an opportunity to go beyond...
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Whither West Midlands

Whither West Midlands

If the answer was Brexit, then surely, we were asking the wrong question. This isn’t a blog about Brexit: instead...
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Join Local Futures at Earth, Culture, Economy

25th-29th June | Schumacher College, Totnes, UK   What would the world look like if humans lived harmoniously with nature...
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Irish groups seeking to build community resilience

Feasta, which has sent news of a May event, was co-founded 20 years ago by radical economist Richard Douthwaite, known...
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Localise – in New Zealand

Localise  is about sharing ideas, networking creative visionaries, resourcing, providing tools and bringing people together in a collaborative way for...
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A fair and sustainable local way of feeding urban communities

Julie Brown, director of Growing Communities’, a trading and wholesaling operation, says her mission is to feed urban communities locally...
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International Alliance for Localization: update

In December 2015 this blog reported Local Futures’ 2014 launch of a cross-cultural, North-South network of thinkers, activists and NGOs...
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Localising Prosperity – a short film

We are delighted to launch our new Localising Prosperity video - a seven-minute film exploring better ways to do economics....
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Community asset transfer: news of a Scottish bid and activity in Birmingham

From short-term licences to long leases, local community and voluntary groups are seeking opportunities to take on the management or...
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The Centre for Retail Research – some common ground?

The Centre for Retail Research (CRR) has provided authoritative research and analysis of the retail and service sectors for twenty-one...
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Rebuild the local economy: prioritise labour-intensive sectors, difficult to automate, impossible to relocate abroad

Colin Hines, co-founder of LWM and convenor of the UK Green New Deal Group, comments on the Guardian’s recent editorial...
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