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Is a quiet political revolution getting under way?

As the old order with its class and gender hierarchies gave way, George Monbiot points out that the void filled...
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A localising message from former MP Andrew George and journalist George Monbiot

Former MP Andrew George sent an email message today; though no longer in Parliament, he wants to work with colleagues...
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Good taxpaying corporate citizens

The Fair Tax Mark is being adopted by UK business setting a new standard in responsible tax practice – from...
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Community energy solutions: Plymouth

In 2012 Plymouth’s co-operative city council established a Low Carbon City Team, which helped to identify the city’s potential for...
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Could Brummie bonds fund house building?

City councillor John Clancy, who once worked in the venture capital market, explains in a Chamberlain Files article,  [accessed via...
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America: six big shifts towards an economy that distributes economic benefits widely and minimizes damage to the environment

. Sarah van Gelder (right) is co-founder and executive editor of YES! Magazine which feature powerful ideas and practical actions...
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Syriza MPs help to promote the social economy by donating 10-20% of their wage

In a Co-operative News article, Anca Voinea notes that  Syriza has highlighted the importance of reviving the co-op movement, seeing...
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The Birmingham Pound: not just a piece of cake…

It’s been fantastic to see all the interest in the potential of a Birmingham Pound over the last few days....
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A new citywide currency keeping money earned in city in the local economy

Above: Karen Leach from Localise West Midlands and Andy Reeve from Impact Hub Birmingham who have produced a currency note...
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Co-operatives: raising and developing the weakest part of our local communities and civil society?

The roots of the co-operative movement in Italy go back to 19th century workers' associations, with credit services, agricultural and...
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Preston: building a new local economics

New Start magazine, which champions urban regeneration that is inclusive, sustainable and socially just, has reported on the work of...
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Future Governance for the West Midlands – a workshop: 24th March 2015

At the UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM Please email to book a place.  This workshop is organised by the Centre for Urban...
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The ‘GDP fetish’

The FT’s Janan Ganesh recently ‘dismissed the Green Party as hippy eccentrics for, among other things, contemplating zero per cent...
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Community energy: co-operative, citizen-centred, decentralised

. Although a couple of weeks ago the government agreed to ban all fracking in protected areas, they are now...
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International localisers meet in person or via Facebook

Speakers from around the world will be covering a range of interconnected topics – local food, technology, healthcare, local business,...
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Transition town focus

A transition town is a grassroots community project that seeks to build resilience in the face of peak oil, climate...
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Stroudco Food Hub

Stroudco Food Hub - which has one part-time paid member of staff and an increasing group of enthusiastic volunteers is...
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LWM co-founder: rebuild and rediversify economies

Last September, Colin Hines, co-founder of LWM, gave the final address (link to pdf here) at the 20th Conference on Alternative...
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Theme of top post this year: realising the potential of local economic power

Mainstreaming Community Economic Development is a major strand of LWM’s work that explores and supports an economic development approach that...
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Is the term ‘localism’ used by government to promote outcomes that contradict its original meaning?

A thoughtful appraisal of localism by Ekklesia’s staff writers was brought to our attention by James Robertson’s December newsletter. To...
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