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

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...

American localisers call for new economic forms to support an emerging new economy

. . As ‘our grand economic experiment’ has demonstrably failed to serve people and planet, New Economics members in America have begun to readjust and re-experiment. Citizens organized in neighbourhoods, cities, and small towns, are working together to...

Will the end of traditional growth paths lead to ‘cosmopolitan localism’ ?

Steve Schofield, whose work in Bradford was covered on this blog some time ago, focusses on the real security challenge of the 21st century caused by resource depletion and climate change. The evolution of the international system was driven by the ambitions of the...

West Midlands MEP advocates the ‘Green Deal’ for social housing

In a newsletter this week (not yet available on his website) Local Euro MP Phil Bennion expresses the hope that the government’s ‘Green Deal’ will be more widely extended to help people in rented social housing: “Millions of homes in the UK do...

Face-to-face caring and infrastructural renewal will provide the backbone for a labour-intensive future

A Guardian article by LWM’s co-founder and convenor of the Green New Deal Group, Colin Hines, is summarised here. The neoliberal export-led growth model, the increasingly discredited single currency and the utterly unchallenged single market are wrecking Europe which...