Rebuild the local economy: prioritise labour-intensive sectors, difficult to automate, impossible to relocate abroad

Posted Posted in Devolution, Economics, Economy, Employment, Finance, Green New Deal, Local economies, Low carbon, Manufacturing, Renewable energy, Transition

Colin Hines, co-founder of LWM and convenor of the UK Green New Deal Group, comments on the Guardian’s recent editorial on productivity and robots which ‘repeated the cliché that automation does cost jobs, but more are created’. He says that the problem with this is that the new jobs are frequently in different places from where they are lost and […]

Anchoring community wealth

Posted Posted in City council, Devolution, Economy, Employment, EU, Finance, Food, Local economies, Localisation, People power, Procurement, Regional economies, Transition, Urban

Preston’s skyline: Carl Ji, a Chinese student, at the University of Central Lancashire Austerity has been devolved to local councils and, perversely, areas with higher levels of poverty have been hit hardest, councils have on average faced 40% cuts in their budgets. In the face of adversity councils such as Preston have responded by bringing together anchor institutions and working with […]

A strategic alternative: localised and labour-intensive food production

Posted Posted in Economics, Economy, EU, Food, Globalisation, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Procurement, Regional economies, Trade, Transition, Transport, Waste

LWM’s co-founder Colin Hines, in his latest book, Progressive Protectionism, asks: “In a sustainable system, would not each country aim to produce its own staple food? Surpluses and exotics could be exported, speculation in food by unproductive middlemen would be outlawed and vitally important food producers encouraged at every turn”. He notes that at present, the UK feeds only around […]

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 […]

A local alternative to Uber?

Posted Posted in City council, Economy, Employee ownership, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Mutuals, Urban

Transport for London has decided not to give Uber a new license, though its app (Uber requires drivers and users to have a smartphone) will still be operational in London while Uber appeals against the decision. More information about its problems and bans in several cities and countries may be seen on the West Midlands New Economics site. The New Economics […]

Localising new-build housing

Posted Posted in Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, Food, Housing, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Procurement

Architect and writer Clive Aslet (left) writes about a development of 4,000 houses on 500 acres – houses, small apartment blocks, schools, surgeries, mixed income housing, shops, business premises and leisure facilities and green spaces – on the edge of Newquay. There is an emphasis on local labour, materials and procurement. “How society chooses to house people is every bit as […]

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 […]

Event: launch of post Brexit & Trump report commissioned by MEP

Posted Posted in Economics, Economy, Environment, EU, Globalisation, Local economies, Localisation, Trade, Transport

The Brexit vote and the election of Trump have been hailed as marking the reversal of the long trend towards increased globalisation. These changes possibly also mark the end of neoliberalism as the dominant ideology of our times. For opponents of what globalisation and neoliberalism have meant in practice these developments might be seen as welcome. Yet at the same […]

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 […]

Storing food in a localised low carbon system

Posted Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Food, Local economies, Low carbon, Transition, Waste

  Traditional methods of storing food include preservation of food in ice brought from the mountains and kept inside caves & icehouses, low-tech bottling and jam-making, drying of meat & fruit and underground storage at lower temperatures in hot countries. On Monday Mark Shapiro, a Californian reader, sent this link to information about another method: fermentation, a localised probiotic food […]