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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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Economic inequality is all our responsibility

It's sad to hear that Equality West Midlands is going to become inactive for the foreseeable future. But I hope...
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Sheffield and Balsall Heath: the real march of the makers

The observations of Julian Dobson (Living With Rats blogspot @juliandobson), strike a welcome and hopeful chord after reading the dismal...
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Does Birmingham Love the Brum Pound?

News from the Birmingham Pound, thanks to a little group of dedicated people - and you can perhaps help us......
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Localism: a rescue plan for British democracy

A notable omission from Localise West Midlands’ extensive range of articles about, or with references to localism, is a review...
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Update: International Alliance for Localisation

Early 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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Crickhowell’s tax plan: an example of ‘people power’ raising awareness of injustice and HMRC’s failures

Crickhowell has an independent high street with very few of the trading names which now dominate look-alike urban and suburban...
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Quantitative easing to fund climate change programmes?

Colin Hines, co-founder of Localise West Midlands and Richard Murphy, Professor of Practice in International Political Economy, City University, London,...
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International Alliance for Localization

The International Alliance for Localization (IAL) is a new cross-cultural network of groups and individuals focused on resistance, renewal, and...
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How and why has the community spirit evident in Stirchley and neighbouring Bournville developed?

As the writer saw in the first hour over a hundred local people flocking into Stirchley’s restored Edwardian Baths, their...
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Hans Reitz: redesign the current economic system and reshape villages, cities and countries

Yunus, “It’s totally unacceptable for a young person to remain unutilized, literally, we have to create a new civilization” A...
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Financial tools supporting the local economy: the world’s first crowd-funded fee free payment app

“There seems be a real appetite among consumers to buy from independent retailers and support community shopping” Those who have...
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The latest neighbourhood initiative: ShirleyTOPS

ShirleyTOPS is a community focused web site designed to encourage Shirley residents to support local businesses. It promotes around 500...
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Time Banks summary

Assembled because of the 15th October, Public Timebanking event in Birmingham The world’s first time bank is said to have...
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Local development as a strategic alternative in Fife

Once again many will question the dependence on a global market economy as headlines shout, “China's 'Black Monday' sends markets...
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Borroclub: sharing made easy

We've covered the Sharing Economy concept before on our blog. People sharing - for financial gain - the goods they...
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Bristol Pound – Birmingham Pound?

In March LWM’s co-ordinator reported the local interest in the potential of a Birmingham Pound – the Birmingham Mail following...
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Will beneficial alternatives emerge from the Greek crisis?

Andrew Simms of the New Economics Foundation thinks so, commenting: “While disaster reveals a society’s economic and social weaknesses, it...
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Event: Guild of Independent Currencies: June Meetup

Date: 15th June 2015 Time: 9:30am to 5pm Where: Exeter Quaker Meeting House. Wynards Lane EX2 4HU Cost: £5 includes...
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