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 […]

Bristol Pound – Birmingham Pound?

Posted Posted in Council, Economy, Energy, Finance, Microfinance, Tax, Trade, Transition, Uncategorized

In March LWM’s co-ordinator reported the local interest in the potential of a Birmingham Pound – the Birmingham Mail following up one tweet about a first-stage meeting of a few potentially interested people. News of an increasingly well-developed scheme in Bristol gives an insight into the role of a local currency. The Financial Times reported recently that the “Bristol pound” […]

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 […]

International localisers meet in person or via Facebook

Posted Posted in Democracy, Education, Environment, Food, Health, Local economies, Trade, Transition

Speakers from around the world will be covering a range of interconnected topics – local food, technology, healthcare, local business, indigenous rights, environmental justice and much more. Workshops include: envisioning local learning; local community self-governance: the next step towards an economics of happiness; taking the 10-day local food challenge: how local can we go? open power: electoral reform & the open source […]

Transition town focus

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Economy, Energy, Environment, Food, Local economies, Localisation, Procurement, Regional economies, Trade, Transition, Transition Network

A transition town is a grassroots community project that seeks to build resilience in the face of peak oil, climate destruction and economic instability. Local projects are usually based on the model’s 12 ‘ingredients’. The first initiative to use the name was Transition Town Totnes, founded in 2006. Between late 2006 and early 2007 the Transition Network was founded as […]

Stroudco Food Hub

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economy, Food, Localisation, Procurement, Regional economies, Retail, Trade, Transition

Stroudco Food Hub – which has one part-time paid member of staff and an increasing group of enthusiastic volunteers is seven years old. It currently supports some 57 local food and drink producers, ranging from well-known names such as Stroud Brewery and Winstone’s Ice Cream to allotment growers and school gardeners offering just a few bunches of carrots and home […]

LWM co-founder: rebuild and rediversify economies

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Devolution, Economy, Finance, Food, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Regional economies, Trade, Transition

Last September, Colin Hines, co-founder of LWM, gave the final address (link to pdf here) at the 20th Conference on Alternative Economic Policy in Europe, at the Sapienza University in Rome (Department of Statistics), organised by the EuroMemo Group and jointly hosted with Economia Civile. His conclusion: “A successful campaign to turn Treaty of Rome into a “treaty of home” would […]

Theme of top post this year: realising the potential of local economic power

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Democracy, Devolution, Economy, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Regional economies, Trade, Transition

Mainstreaming Community Economic Development is a major strand of LWM’s work that explores and supports an economic development approach that is based on making the most of local enterprise, existing business supply chains, networks, community assets and human potential. Read on: http://localisewestmidlands.org.uk/mainstreaming_ced/ Its second project, Localising Prosperity: http://localisewestmidlands.org.uk/mainstreaming_ced/mced2-reports/ –