Alternative Finance – Could the past inform our future?

Alternative Finance – Could the past inform our future?

When people think about the economy, one thing that springs to mind is banks and money. And any attempts to shift the economy to work better for people and places, is going to have to consider how the finance system could work better. Recently I attended two events...
Bold ideas on housing

Bold ideas on housing

This isn’t a blog about the UK’s broken housing system – we all know it does not provide decent and affordable homes for everyone. The negative impacts its creates are as numerous as the reasons for its dysfunction and a quick internet search will return...
USE-IT! Toulouse Field Trip

USE-IT! Toulouse Field Trip

As part of the USE-IT! project, a group from Birmingham attended a conference in Toulouse called by URBACT. The group included Localise’s Karen McCarthy, who reports on the trip below. While part of the time was spent on sharing experiences from our own cities,...
The future of mobility

The future of mobility

Here at Localise West Midlands we’ve been having a bit of a deep dive into priority policy areas and thinking strategically about what localisation means in different contexts. Our first session was focused on transport and our initial thoughts are below. We...
10 Ideas to help your area flourish from within

10 Ideas to help your area flourish from within

Mainstreaming Community Economic Development is about encouraging economic development to develop from within. About understanding and building upon an area’s existing strengths so that it can flourish by maximising the local economic and social benefits for all. It’s...
Inclusive Economy Case Study no 12 – Digital Money Coach

Inclusive Economy Case Study no 12 – Digital Money Coach

We’re highlighting some of the inspiring Civil Society case studies gathered for our ‘Connecting Cranes with Communities, How can the WMCA Create Inclusive Growth’ report (download here) LOCATION           Coventry                             PROJECT DESCRIPTION  ...