Continuing the good work on mainstreaming stronger & more inclusive local economies

I’m pleased to report that Localise WM has secured funding from the Barrow Cadbury Trust for 2013-14 to progress our work on Mainstreaming Community Economic Development.

You may be aware of our previous Mainstreaming CED project, which amassed a remarkable body of evidence around the social and economic benefits of localised economies (see our . . . → Read More: Continuing the good work on mainstreaming stronger & more inclusive local economies

Should we learn from countries whose companies own our energy providers?

Celia Richardson, director of the Social Economy Alliance, is the lead signatory of a letter in the Financial Times.

 

The Alliance was launched by Social Enterprise UK, a coalition of leading social economy organisations, in order to influence the way political parties formulate social and economic policies before the next General Election and . . . → Read More: Should we learn from countries whose companies own our energy providers?

Responsible localised leadership in Bristol

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 . . . → Read More: Responsible localised leadership in Bristol

Exploring the systems by which we organise our livelihoods

 

 

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 . . . → Read More: Exploring the systems by which we organise our livelihoods

Community energy groups developing local initiatives in Britain and Germany

. DECC Call for Evidence on community energy

A reader pointed out this passage in Hansard (Written answers):

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with community energy co-operatives and other community energy groups on developing such local initiatives; what assessment he . . . → Read More: Community energy groups developing local initiatives in Britain and Germany

Building strong regional economies – Schumacher-style

The Schumacher Center for a New Economics sends news of this year’s Left Forum annual gathering in New York, which will be exploring ways of confronting climate change and global economic crisis and creating a more equitable and ecologically resilient world.

Such a world will require economic institutions which respond to local and . . . → Read More: Building strong regional economies – Schumacher-style

Community currencies

There are local or community currencies in several British towns, including Bath, Stroud, Totnes, Calderdale, Bristol and Brixton – and in many countries around the world. The most recent reports have come from India and South Africa.

Jeremy Williams writes that with the financial system in disarray and the economic downturn, local currencies . . . → Read More: Community currencies

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  – was easily found online.

Her unusual slant on localisation was . . . → Read More: Does supporting local business build resilient local economies – and a more peaceful world?

Environmental, economic, social and ethical reasons for a different approach to waste disposal

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In this country and abroad Veolia’s services are being dispensed with for environmental, economic, social and ethical reasons.

The City Council is considering what to do when its 25 year contract with waste giant Veolia expires in 2018.

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John Newson (BFOE) writes:

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“The Council will become in 2018 the owner . . . → Read More: Environmental, economic, social and ethical reasons for a different approach to waste disposal