International Alliance for Localization: update

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economy, Local economies, Localisation, Microfinance, Politics, Transition

In December 2015 this blog reported Local Futures’ 2014 launch of a cross-cultural, North-South network of thinkers, activists and NGOs – the International Alliance for Localization (IAL) – with members from over 30 countries who meet online and/or in person – a few pictured below. Localise West Midlands later became one of the member organisations. Last July’s LWM blog – […]

Cargonomia: shrinking the distance between producers and consumers 

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, People power, Procurement, Trade, Transition, Transport, Urban

Planet Local, which highlights examples of localization in action all over the planet, is a project of Economics of Happiness/Local Futures/The International Alliance for Localization. In March thumbnail sketches of three ethical local banks were published here. The local food movement is about growing food and also shrinking the distance between producers and consumers — and a new initiative in Hungary is […]

Localising moves in four Eastern European countries

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economy, EU, Food, Government, Localisation, Procurement, Retail, Trade, Transition

The Romanian parliament has passed a law requiring large retailers with a turnover of 2m euros to allocate a minimum of 51% of existing space for fresh produce to products sourced locally, from a short supply chain. The law, which came into effect last month, initially stated that products should come only from Romania but had to be amended after […]

Changing local economies to work for people who feel excluded

Posted 1 CommentPosted in City council, Co-operatives, Democracy, Economy, Local economies, Localism, Procurement

A link has been received to a Guardian report about the ‘Preston model’ – for background information see Clifford Singer’s interesting article on the Next System Project’s website. Councillor Matthew Brown, Preston city council cabinet member for social justice, inclusion and community engagement, devised this model. 12 of the city’s key employers were helped to reorganise their supply chains and […]

Localisation/swadeshi: a programme for long-term survival

Posted Posted in Biodiversity, Co-operatives, Economics, Environment, Food, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Procurement, Transition

  Swadeshi has been described by Satish Kumar, founder and Director of Schumacher College in Devon as a programme for long term survival. It is the principle of preferring the neighbouring to the remote. It relates to need-based lives, ruling out unlimited consumption. It is not autarky; but a needs-based global alternative. Economic swadeshi was shaped by Gandhi, who advocated the production […]

Corbyn focusses on decentralisation: localising energy and transport

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Democracy, Devolution, Economics, Economy, Employee ownership, Energy, Environment, Government, Green New Deal, Housing, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Low carbon, Mutuals, People power, Planning, Politics, Transition, Transport, Urban

Jeremy Corbyn has launched an environmental manifesto that outlines plans for the UK to achieve 65% of energy from renewable sources by 2030 – without fracking. Corbyn proposes to put cities, councils, devolved governments and communities at the heart of an efficient, decentralised energy system by promoting a shift to electric and hydrogen buses and cars; a network of low-emission zones and […]

America: six big shifts towards an economy that distributes economic benefits widely and minimizes damage to the environment

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Democracy, Devolution, Economics, Economy, Employee ownership, Employment, Environment, Food, Health, Housing, Local economies, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Regional economies, Transition, Transport

. Sarah van Gelder (right) is co-founder and executive editor of YES! Magazine which feature powerful ideas and practical actions towards a more just and sustainable world. She has co-founded a cohousing community, organized tenants and built a produce cooperative, providing local, sustainably grown whole foods, at affordable prices, to residents who want local, sustainable food sourced within walking distance […]

Syriza MPs help to promote the social economy by donating 10-20% of their wage

Posted Posted in Banks, Co-operatives, Democracy, Economy, Employee ownership, Finance, Food, Local economies, Microfinance, Mutuals, Planning, Politics, Retail, Social Enterprise, Transition

In a Co-operative News article, Anca Voinea notes that  Syriza has highlighted the importance of reviving the co-op movement, seeing it as a distinct economic model that would be part of their movement for a broader social and solidarity economy. Syriza had shown interest in the movement over the last two years and is preparing for new legislation to support […]

Co-operatives: raising and developing the weakest part of our local communities and civil society?

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Democracy, Employee ownership, Finance, Food, Globalisation, Housing, Local economies, Localisation, Manufacturing, Mutuals, Planning, Retail, Social Enterprise, Trade, Transition

The roots of the co-operative movement in Italy go back to 19th century workers’ associations, with credit services, agricultural and building co-ops forming an important part of the overall economy. There are more than 20, 000 cooperatives, including housing and banking movements, with over 3 million members. In 2011 Jeffrey Hollander asserted that the success of worker cooperative models in […]

Preston: building a new local economics

Posted Posted in City council, Co-operatives, Economics, Employee ownership, Local economies, Local government, Manufacturing, Mutuals, Outsourcing, Planning, Procurement, Reports, Transition

New Start magazine, which champions urban regeneration that is inclusive, sustainable and socially just, has reported on the work of CLES (Centre for Local Economic Strategies) with Preston City Council. Innovative Quinton councillor John Clancy, who has been to Preston to meet councillors there at a CLES conference, has already tweeted the New Start article. CLES is exploring how anchor […]