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 […]

Towards a localised future: the rising global-to-local movement

Posted Posted in Education, Food, Globalisation, Local economies, Localisation, Trade

A New Economy Convergence This one-day meeting in London will provide an opportunity to take part in the rising global-to-local movement and to discuss the strategies required to move away from a corporate-led growth economy towards diverse local economies in service of people and planet. There will be news of inspiring initiatives worldwide aimed at resisting global trade treaties and […]

Update 2: International Alliance for Localisation

Posted Posted in Economy, Education, Food, Health, Local economies, Localisation, People power, Transition

In December this blog reported that Local Futures has gathered a cross-cultural, North-South network of thinkers, activists and NGOs – the International Alliance for Localization (IAL). It already has members from over 30 countries and Localise West Midlands is one of the member organisations. This new cross-cultural network of groups and individuals focusses on resistance, renewal, and radically new visions […]

Localism: a rescue plan for British democracy

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Books and articles, Democracy, Devolution, Economics, Education, Employment, Government, Health, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Localism, People power, Planning, Politics, Regional economies, Tax, Transition

A notable omission from Localise West Midlands’ extensive range of articles about, or with references to localism, is a review of a book by Simon Jenkins: Big Bang Localism: a rescue plan for British democracy. In this book he attributes the decline in British voter interest and participation to the over-centralisation of power in Whitehall, ‘one of the most centralised governments in […]

Community energy solutions: Plymouth

Posted Posted in City council, Democracy, Devolution, Economy, Education, Employment, Energy, Environment, Finance, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Low carbon, Microfinance, Planning, Politics, Poverty, Renewable energy, Transition

In 2012 Plymouth’s co-operative city council established a Low Carbon City Team, which helped to identify the city’s potential for community energy solutions and forge partnerships. The council funded pre-development, initial community engagement and business plan development. In 2013 it joined forces with local residents to form Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) which then set up a second Industrial & Provident […]

International localisers meet in person or via Facebook

Posted Posted in Democracy, Education, Environment, Food, Health, Local economies, Trade, Transition

Speakers from around the world will be covering a range of interconnected topics – local food, technology, healthcare, local business, indigenous rights, environmental justice and much more. Workshops include: envisioning local learning; local community self-governance: the next step towards an economics of happiness; taking the 10-day local food challenge: how local can we go? open power: electoral reform & the open source […]

The launch of the International Alliance for Localization

Posted Posted in Democracy, Devolution, Economics, Education, Events, Globalisation, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Politics, Transition

The new International Alliance for Localization (IAL) aims to connect a growing network of individuals and organizations dedicated to exploring new approaches to today’s ecological, social, and economic expanding international dialogue and exchange. It will provide a forum for cross-cultural support and collaboration and have the potential to be a united and powerful force for positive international change. Its alternative […]

Research findings: allotments have good food yields without sacrificing soil quality

Posted Posted in Biodiversity, Economy, Education, Energy, Environment, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Politics, Transition, Transport

There are around 330,000 allotment plots in the UK, covering more than 8000 hectares and demand is growing, with more than 90,000 people currently on allotment waiting lists in the UK.  Findings of a study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology Soils under Britain’s allotments are significantly healthier than intensively farmed soils. By growing on a small-scale in urban […]

Should R. Vijayaraghavan’s proposals be implemented here?

Posted Posted in Economics, Education, Employment, Import substitution, Localisation, Planning, Politics, Procurement, Sustainability, Transition

. In the Financial Times he writes: . “India needs a government that views its youthful population (more than 50% under 25) as a strength and not just as more mouths to feed! “It needs to craft an original economic policy suitable for its labour-rich economy and not merely adapt the western model more suitable for capital-rich countries. “It needs […]

Enterprise in Balsall Heath: creating opportunities at local level

Posted Posted in Clothing, Devolution, Education, Employment, Events, Food, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Manufacturing, Social Enterprise, Textiles, Transition

. Anna Watson’s Localise West Midlands blog about The Green Economy and Local Job Creation, reported that – as the oil supply peaks – the innovation, manufacture, marketing and repairing of products will become more economic at a local level. Small scale, sustainable employment opportunities will be created, encouraging local resourcefulness and a thriving local economy.   A set of Grade II […]