The Lake District has a new local currency

Posted Posted in Banks, Economy, Finance, Local economies, Microfinance, Trade

Jerome Starkey reported earlier this year that Lake District artists, poets, painters and authors have been chosen as the faces of a new local currency. The Lakes Currency Project, an independent, private company run by Ken Royall, who lives near Windermere, will launch a paper currency with themed notes reflecting the culture, landscape and people of the area. The Lake […]

Coordinator Jobshare Vacancy

Posted Posted in Uncategorized

Can you help us build a better economy? Vacancy: Coordinator (jobshare) Localise West Midlands Salary:             £24,757 pro rata Hours:             22.5 hours per week (negotiable) Location:         Digbeth, Birmingham Deadline:        12 noon on Thursday 17th January 2019 You will be passionate and committed to fairer, more decentralised and less unequal economics, and to the role localisation can play […]

Leaving LWM!

Posted Posted in Localisation

I’ve been in post as coordinator at Localise WM for sixteen years, and have decided the time has come to leave. For the last three years I’ve had an excellent jobshare colleague, Karen McCarthy, so am happy to be leaving the organisation in her hands as well as those of our board and my eventual replacement. We have of course […]

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

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Council, Economy, Finance, Local economies, Localism, People power, Transport

A year ago the residents of Hawes were in the news after launching their own Little White Bus in 2011 to meet the trains at Garsdale station seven miles away. Today they have a fleet of 10 minibuses that rely on 53 volunteer drivers and nine part-time staff, ferrying 65,000 passengers a year. They also have a Land Rover to […]

Relocalisation of food production and distribution: the ‘strategic alternative’

Posted Posted in Economy, Export-led growth, Food, Globalisation, Government, Local economies, Procurement, Regional economies, Sustainability, Transition, Urban, Water

In the Friend, 19th October 2018, Clíodhna Mulhern remembers living in a market town in Ireland in the 1950s: “We shopped in small independent shops and our food was local: our vegetables came from neighbouring farms, always seasonal, and there was no other kind”. Edited extracts Butter, milk and cheese arrived at our garden gate on flatbed lorries from the local […]

Economics of Happiness 2018

Posted Posted in Economy, Local economies, Localisation, Transition

I was fortunate enough to attend the Economics of Happiness conference 2018, in Bristol on the 19th and 20th of October. This series of international conferences are hailed as an ‘antidote to anger, contraction and despair’. I was immediately struck by the energy and optimism on display by delegates and speakers – and by the diverse group of people assembled. […]

Local Industrial Strategy Consultation

Posted Posted in Economics, Economy, Local economies, Localisation

The West Midlands Combined Authority is currently consulting on the Local Industrial Strategy for the West Midlands. This is your opportunity to influence economic policy in our region for the next decade. You can read the consultation document here before completing the online survey here Localise West Midlands believes that the Industrial strategy should promote a more inclusive economic blueprint […]

Move beyond left/right, Brexit/Remain thinking, and build a movement for economic change

Posted Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Finance, Food, Globalisation, Government, Health, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Transition Network

In similar vein to a recent post on this site, Helena Norberg-Hodge writes: Ever since the Brexit referendum was first announced, we have been bombarded by an array of starkly contradictory pronouncements – from the Leave camp’s now infamous claim that withdrawal from the EU would release £350 million a week for the NHS to the former Chancellor George Osborne’s […]

Birmingham Council’s policy of ‘Local Wealth Building’ through new municipal services and local procurement

Posted Posted in City council, Democracy, Devolution, Economy, Education, Employment, Energy, Finance, Procurement

. Introducing a fifteen-page paper ‘A REBIRTH OF MUNICIPAL SOCIALISM’ IN BIRMINGHAM? by RICHARD HATCHER Speaking to Labour Councillors in Nottingham on 3 February 2018, Jeremy Corbyn said ‘Labour councils are taking measures to bring services back in-house and reject costly PFI-style models and to show the efficiency and resourcefulness of local government. …With amazing creativity in the toughest of […]

A civil society strategy is announced

Posted Posted in Democracy, Devolution, Finance, Local government

An inquiry into civil society, chaired by Julia Unwin, former chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, found that many poorer communities feel neglected. Ms Unwin said: “Across England people have told us that they feel ignored, and that decisions that directly affect their lives are taken without their involvement. A shift in power is needed so that the voice […]