Localism: a rescue plan for British democracy

Posted Posted 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 […]

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 […]

Financial tools supporting the local economy: the world’s first crowd-funded fee free payment app

Posted Posted in Devolution, Economics, Economy, Finance, Localisation, Microfinance, Planning, Procurement, Regional economies, Trade

“There seems be a real appetite among consumers to buy from independent retailers and support community shopping” Those who have been expressing interest in Localise West Midlands’s involvement with a future Birmingham Pound will also read the Birmingham Press account of Birmingham’s Droplet – a mobile app born in Birmingham promising a ‘customer loyalty revolution’. The Press reports: “Droplet, the […]

The latest neighbourhood initiative: ShirleyTOPS

Posted Posted in Democracy, Devolution, Economy, Local economies, Localisation, Procurement, Regional economies, Trade, Transition

ShirleyTOPS is a community focused web site designed to encourage Shirley residents to support local businesses. It promotes around 500 businesses that trade across the Shirley area, listing shops by category – with clubs, nurseries, doctors, schools and a range of organisations promoted as well as over 500 places to shop or relax and enjoy a drink or meal. There […]

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 […]

Will beneficial alternatives emerge from the Greek crisis?

Posted Posted in Import substitution, Local economies, Localism, Planning, Regional economies, Transition

Andrew Simms of the New Economics Foundation thinks so, commenting: “While disaster reveals a society’s economic and social weaknesses, it also reveals where true resilience and real value can be found – in the ability of people to cooperate at the local level to meet a community’s needs”. Localise West Midlands’ Localising Prosperity programme suggests that approaches to economic development […]

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 […]

America: six big shifts towards an economy that distributes economic benefits widely and minimizes damage to the environment

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Democracy, Devolution, Economics, Economy, Employee ownership, Employment, Environment, Food, Health, Housing, Local economies, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Regional economies, Transition, Transport

. Sarah van Gelder (right) is co-founder and executive editor of YES! Magazine which feature powerful ideas and practical actions towards a more just and sustainable world. She has co-founded a cohousing community, organized tenants and built a produce cooperative, providing local, sustainably grown whole foods, at affordable prices, to residents who want local, sustainable food sourced within walking distance […]

A new citywide currency keeping money earned in city in the local economy

Posted Posted in Economy, Finance, Local economies, Microfinance, Planning, Regional economies, Transition

Above: Karen Leach from Localise West Midlands and Andy Reeve from Impact Hub Birmingham who have produced a currency note exclusive to Birmingham – see http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/birmingham-could-next-city-launch-8810436. They are planning to follow the model of the existing Bristol Pound, which is currently used by 782 firms and generates £1 million of business each year. Karen Leach, coordinator at Localise West Midlands, […]