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

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 . . . → Read More: Syriza MPs help to promote the social economy by donating 10-20% of their wage

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 and banking movements, with over 3 million members.

In 2011 Jeffrey Hollander asserted that . . . → Read More: Co-operatives: raising and developing the weakest part of our local communities and civil society?

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

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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 . . . → Read More: Community energy: co-operative, citizen-centred, decentralised

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