General Electric says: “We will localise”

Posted Posted in Economy, Export-led growth, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Reports, Transition

  Last year came three reports on the downturn in global trade: From the container industry: Søren Skou, chief executive of the Maersk Line, which carries goods and products between Asia, Europe, the US, Africa and Latin America and is now described as the only profitable freight line. In a report from the Centre for Economic Policy Research: theslowdown in […]

Update: International Alliance for Localisation

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Economics, Environment, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Procurement, Trade, Transition

Early 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. In the wake of the Paris climate talks, Local Futures has released a 16 page […]

International Alliance for Localization

Posted Posted in Economy, Food, Globalisation, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Regional economies, Sustainability, Transition

The International Alliance for Localization (IAL) is a new cross-cultural network of groups and individuals focused on resistance, renewal, and radically new visions of development and progress. In less than two months, individuals from 28 different countries have joined. These include farmers, teachers, builders, community organizers, environmental stewards, peace activists, homesteaders, students, health workers, business consultants, writers, engineers, artists, radio […]

Local development as a strategic alternative in Fife

Posted Posted in Devolution, Economics, Economy, Energy, Environment, Export-led growth, Food, Globalisation, Government, Health, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Procurement, Regional economies, Retail, Sustainability, Transition, Transition Network

Once again many will question the dependence on a global market economy as headlines shout, “China’s ‘Black Monday’ sends markets reeling”. For months, in a range of publications, Mohamed El-Erian, who chairs President Obama’s Global Development Council, has been forecasting the risk of a ‘perfect storm’, adding that considering ‘its destructive potential, it warrants serious attention by policymakers’, though China […]

Is a quiet political revolution getting under way?

Posted Posted in Democracy, Devolution, Economy, Energy, Finance, Globalisation, Government, Local economies, Localisation, Localism, Low carbon, Microfinance, Planning, Politics, Regional economies, Renewable energy, Transition

As the old order with its class and gender hierarchies gave way, George Monbiot points out that the void filled with junk could have been occupied by a better society, built on mutual support and connectedness, without the stifling stratification of the old order. ‘The feast to which we were invited is only for the few’ Instead, as the developed […]

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 […]

LWM co-founder: rebuild and rediversify economies

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Devolution, Economy, Finance, Food, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Regional economies, Trade, Transition

Last September, Colin Hines, co-founder of LWM, gave the final address (link to pdf here) at the 20th Conference on Alternative Economic Policy in Europe, at the Sapienza University in Rome (Department of Statistics), organised by the EuroMemo Group and jointly hosted with Economia Civile. His conclusion: “A successful campaign to turn Treaty of Rome into a “treaty of home” would […]

Human-scale, decentralised technologies

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Economics, Economy, Energy, Environment, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Regional economies, Renewable energy, Sustainability, Transition

In Lean Logic, the late David Fleming recalls that in in 1995, the Times Literary Supplement placed a book by E.F. Schumacher, the chief economic advisor to the UK Coal Board for two post war decades, among the 100 most influential books published since World War II. Small Is Beautiful: a study of economics as if people mattered has been […]

A lesson for Britain: Brazil promotes food security and local food procurement, strengthening family farming

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, Food, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Low carbon, Planning, Poverty, Procurement, Regional economies, Trade, Transition

Vested interests replacing the now defunct Flying Matters, a lobby group funded by the aviation industry, vigorously defend the profitable import of food from countries with malnourished people. A better way forward, socially, economically and environmentally is offered by the Director General of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, Jose Graziano da Silva (Extraordinary Minister for Food Security), one of […]

Think global, act local – H.T. Brigham, Coleshill

Posted Posted in Food, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Manufacturing, Planning, Procurement, Regional economies, Trade, Transition, Transport

Where did you buy your groceries from this week? Did you visit the independent traders on your local high street, or the one-stop-shop supermarket just down the road? Which you choose will probably come down to several factors including, price, quality, variety, convenience, and not least, whether you even have a local high street anymore. We are often told about […]