Spatial Inequalities

Spatial Inequalities

Everyone having more doesn’t make us more equal. This week LWM took part in a focus group with the 2070 commission on Spatial Inequalities. The commission recognise that wide and deeply embedded issues such as inequality require long term vision and planning to...
Lets get over Uber

Lets get over Uber

As Uber lists on the stock exchange today with an estimated value of $100billion, perhaps it’s time we looked beyond our own immediate convenience and explore the bigger picture behind the corporate taxi apps, and other facilitators of the gig economy. Hands up, I’ve...
Working with Neighbourhoods

Working with Neighbourhoods

Birmingham city council published a white paper Working with Neighbourhoods in January 2019. The paper recognises that there isn’t a single fit and that a bottom-up, flexible approach is necessary for success. This is something at the core of LWM’s mission...
Junk fashion on steroids

Junk fashion on steroids

So Birmingham was out in force this morning to celebrate the opening of ‘the world’s largest Primark’ store, ignoring Birmingham’s inferiority complex for a moment, let’s explore what so called ‘Fast’ fashion is, its real cost and why we should all really should think...
Welcome to LWM

Welcome to LWM

Hello! I’m Mel, the new joint Project Coordinator at Localise West Midlands. I joined at the end of February and I’ve had a busy month! In my first week I attended the launch of the NPI report looking at economic justice in Birmingham and the Black...

‘Project Hope’: rebuild local economies

David Fleming drew on the wisdom of Elinor Ostrom, who published ‘Governing the Commons’ in 1990. An article in the Economist records that “collaboration was her watchword. Neighbours thrived if they worked together. The best-laid communal schemes would fall apart...