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 […]

Corbyn focusses on decentralisation: localising energy and transport

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Democracy, Devolution, Economics, Economy, Employee ownership, Energy, Environment, Government, Green New Deal, Housing, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Low carbon, Mutuals, People power, Planning, Politics, Transition, Transport, Urban

Jeremy Corbyn has launched an environmental manifesto that outlines plans for the UK to achieve 65% of energy from renewable sources by 2030 – without fracking. Corbyn proposes to put cities, councils, devolved governments and communities at the heart of an efficient, decentralised energy system by promoting a shift to electric and hydrogen buses and cars; a network of low-emission zones and […]

Syriza MPs help to promote the social economy by donating 10-20% of their wage

Posted Posted in Banks, Co-operatives, Democracy, Economy, Employee ownership, Finance, Food, Local economies, Microfinance, Mutuals, Planning, Politics, Retail, Social Enterprise, Transition

In a Co-operative News article, Anca Voinea notes that  Syriza has highlighted the importance of reviving the co-op movement, seeing it as a distinct economic model that would be part of their movement for a broader social and solidarity economy. Syriza had shown interest in the movement over the last two years and is preparing for new legislation to support […]

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 […]

Preston: building a new local economics

Posted Posted in City council, Co-operatives, Economics, Employee ownership, Local economies, Local government, Manufacturing, Mutuals, Outsourcing, Planning, Procurement, Reports, Transition

New Start magazine, which champions urban regeneration that is inclusive, sustainable and socially just, has reported on the work of CLES (Centre for Local Economic Strategies) with Preston City Council. Innovative Quinton councillor John Clancy, who has been to Preston to meet councillors there at a CLES conference, has already tweeted the New Start article. CLES is exploring how anchor […]

Community energy: co-operative, citizen-centred, decentralised

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Democracy, Devolution, Employee ownership, Employment, Energy, Environment, Finance, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Mutuals, Planning, Renewable energy, Social Enterprise, Transition

. Although a couple of weeks ago the government agreed to ban all fracking in protected areas, they are now reported as saying this may ‘unduly constrain the industry’ and fracking will be allowed to take place under National Parks and other protected areas if the wells start outside their boundaries. The passing of the government’s bill was welcomed by […]

Responsible localised leadership in Bristol

Posted Posted in City council, Devolution, Economy, Finance, Local economies, Localisation, Microfinance, Mutuals, Planning, Retail, Social Enterprise

Mayor George Ferguson’s pledge to make Bristol “happier, healthier and more sustainable” was the cornerstone of his election campaign. Soon after his election he announced his decision to take his salary in the UK’s first city-wide local currency – Bristol Pounds. This local currency is run as a not-for-profit social enterprise by the Bristol Pound Community Interest Company and Bristol […]

Exploring the systems by which we organise our livelihoods

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Democracy, Devolution, Economics, Economy, Employee ownership, Local economies, Mutuals, Planning, Procurement, Regional economies, Social Enterprise, Trade, Transition

    In this Barrow Cadbury Trust blog, the co-ordinator of Localise West Midlands gives feedback on the opportunity to research the assumption at the heart of Localise West Midlands’ mission offered by the Trust. The assumption is: “. . .that in a more localised economy, more people have a stake, which redistributes economic power and resilience, reducing disconnection and […]

Community Supported Industry

Posted Posted in Democracy, Devolution, Economy, Finance, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Local government, Low carbon, Manufacturing, Microfinance, Mutuals, Procurement, Sustainability, Transition

Community Supported Agriculture (flourishing in Stroud) started in the USA in 1986 at Indian Line Farm in South Egremont, Massaschusetts, just a couple of miles down Jug End Road from the Library and offices of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, a partner of the British New Economics Foundation. Their projects have included the BerkShares Local Currency Program and […]

The Financial Times reports a co-operative revival

Posted Posted in Banks, Co-operatives, Democracy, Economy, Employee ownership, Energy, Food, Local economies, Localisation, Microfinance, Mutuals, Renewable energy, Retail, Social Enterprise, Transition

Andrew Bounds has reported ‘a co-operative revival’ in the Financial Times – a trend first noted in this blog in 2010. He notes that the number of share offers and co-operative members in new societies doubled between 2009 and 2012 as the economic downturn has continued, according to figures from Co-operatives UK, the umbrella group for mutual societies. Unlike most […]