Is the priority to expand world trade or to build on the resilience of communities?

Fleming, second left, discussing the working of an experimental rocket stove – to capture heat with clean combustion – at Transition Town Louth, Lincolnshire (The Times) In Lean Logic, David Fleming asks: “Is the priority to expand world trade, to push ahead with the...

Does supporting local business build resilient local economies – and a more peaceful world?

Judy Wicks, a board member of the NEI – featured recently on this site – thinks that it does. Looking around for more information, evidence of a very adventurous and constructive life – including living with the Eskimos and working with the Zapatistas  –...

Plunkett Foundation forms partnership with Land Settlement Association

Horticulture smallholdings: a crucial contribution towards higher employment, a reliable, home-grown food supply and a diverse, more ecologically healthy countryside The Plunkett Foundation newsletter reports a new partnership with the Land Settlement Association...

The Financial Times reports a co-operative revival

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...

Solving fuel poverty – an update

  Chart 4.3 in a 2011 DECC report showed that the West Midlands had highest rate of fuel poverty with around 26% of households requiring to spend more than 10% of their income on fuel to maintain an adequate level of warmth. A Chamberlain Forum article confirms...

Update: Co-operative Energy, founded by Midcounties Co-operative

In June last year Localise West Midlands’ board member Phil Beardmore, an environmental consultant, circulated news of the launch of the Confederation of Co-operative Housing, which is forming a partnership with Co-op Energy. LWM was set up in 2002 by a group of...