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Economic Prospects for 2017: Andrew Simms – New Economics Foundation

              As John Nightingale who sent the link says, this ‘reads well’:  Each year the Financial Times conducts a survey...
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Localisation/swadeshi: a programme for long-term survival

  Swadeshi has been described by Satish Kumar, founder and Director of Schumacher College in Devon as a programme for long term...
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Smile, you’re on TV! A West Midlands Combined Authority meeting is filmed

As Localise West Midlands, we are playing an important role in pressing for and enabling a civil society voice about...
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Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Lucas Plan on 26th Nov!

Veteran trade unionists and younger activists see Nobel prize-nominated plan as inspiration for the future Leading figures from the left,...
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A better way to challenge trade deals

One of the upsetting things  about both Brexit and Trump’s victory in America, is that they have taken some solutions...
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Birmingham Newsroom: find it and buy it from local businesses to help the local economy

Birmingham Newsroom, Birmingham City Council’s online press office writes about Find it in Birmingham, the city council’s procurement portal where...
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The FT and IFIs recognise the passing of globalisation

In a Political Concern blog, Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International...
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Land – they’re not making it any more – how to use it effectively in the West Mids

Have you got a minute to contribute your thoughts to the West Midlands Combined Authority Land Commission call for evidence?...
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Bringing community wealth to Birmingham

We're really pleased to report that Birmingham City Council will be working with the excellent Centre for Local Economic Strategies,...
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Corbyn focusses on decentralisation: localising energy and transport

Jeremy Corbyn has launched an environmental manifesto that outlines plans for the UK to achieve 65% of energy from renewable sources by...
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Transport for the West Midlands?

What will the Combined Authority mean for transport? What things do we want to see from the Metro Mayor? How...
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Towards a localised future: the rising global-to-local movement

A New Economy Convergence This one-day meeting in London will provide an opportunity to take part in the rising global-to-local...
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A People’s Plan for the West Mids? Worth a shot, but needs the people

While we and some other organisations in Birmingham have been busy forming the Civil Society Forum to provide a voice...
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General Electric says: “We will localise”

  Last year came three reports on the downturn in global trade: From the container industry: Søren Skou, chief executive...
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Post-Brexit we need to build an economy for the many

‘Home-grown solutions’ Yesterday, Ann (West Midlands New Economics Group) sent a link to an article by Neil McInroy (right), chief...
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News from the Combined Authority AGM

The West Midlands Combined Authority intended to hold its inaugural AGM last Friday, 10 June, but a little local difficulty...
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Locality: community-led organisations, working together to help neighbourhoods thrive.

. Locality is a national network of enterprising community-led organisations, working together to help neighbourhoods thrive. It is joining forces...
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Roundtable meeting: Shaping the Combined Authority’s economic agenda

We are organising a West Midlands Civil Society Forum roundtable meeting to discuss and influence how the Combined Authority’s economic...
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Globalisation: ’more trade, more production for export and more foreign investment’ is not working – localise!

As news from Dash.com reports that Birmingham (UK) is looking to its local workforce and supply chain, Helena Norberg-Hodge’s TedX...
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Update 2: International Alliance for Localisation

In December this blog reported that Local Futures has gathered a cross-cultural, North-South network of thinkers, activists and NGOs –...
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