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 […]

Complexity or resilience?

Posted Posted in Banks, Economics, Energy, Finance, Globalisation, Local economies, Microfinance, Renewable energy

In the Times, Ed Conway (right), economics editor of Sky News, describes problems arising from the complexity of ‘the hallmark of 21st-century life’ and the International Alliance for Localization records examples of new modes of development and progress. Conway writes about the vast supply chains, financial instruments and legal structures ‘sitting beneath every industry’: Where once a company made its […]

International Alliance for Localization: Local Futures

Posted Posted in Banks, Economics, Export-led growth, Food, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Procurement, Sustainability, Trade, Transition

In the Times, Ed Conway, economics editor of Sky News, describes problems arising from the complexity of globalisation, ‘the hallmark of 21st-century life’ and the International Alliance for Localization records examples of new modes of development and progress. He concludes: “Globalisation, once a means of boosting everyone’s income, has instead evolved into an excellent vehicle to help the rich get richer”. […]

FT: American executives turn away from globalisation towards a more localised world

Posted Posted in Employment, Globalisation, Localisation, Outsourcing, Procurement, Transport

Last month the Financial Times’ Gillian Tett met Inge Thulin, the Swedish-born chief executive of 3M, an American conglomerate at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York (below). She reports that – though 60% of its revenues and 40% of 3M’s workforce are outside American shores – Mr Thulin, when discussing corporate strategy, prefers to talk about “localisation”: “Our […]

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 […]

MUFP: 100 city regions hope to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by changing the food system

Posted Posted in Economy, Employment, Environment, Food, Globalisation, Health, Local economies, Low carbon, Politics, Procurement, Regional economies, Transition, Urban, Waste

In 2015, led by Milan, a coalition of 100 cities from all continents signed a Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFP) in Milan’s Palazzo Reale and presented it to Ban-Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, in New York on World Food Day, October 16. To read the latest news go to its website. They now recognise that their food systems are […]

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 […]

Birmingham Newsroom: find it and buy it from local businesses to help the local economy

Posted Posted in City council, Council, Economy, Employment, Food, Globalisation

Birmingham Newsroom, Birmingham City Council’s online press office writes about Find it in Birmingham, the city council’s procurement portal where the goods and services the council needs to go about its business are bought, aiming to make sure the Birmingham pound is kept local.  Councillor Majid Mahmood, cabinet member for value for money and efficiency, has talked about how the […]

The FT and IFIs recognise the passing of globalisation

Posted Posted in Devolution, Economy, Globalisation, Localisation, Trade

In a Political Concern blog, Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, and Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, have all decried a system they claimed had neglected the security of its weakest members. Earlier this month Izabella Kaminska referred to UBS’ ‘big note’ reviewing the passing of globalisation. She comments […]

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 […]