Birmingham Energy Savers – consultation event 6-7 Feb

Posted Posted in City council, Energy, Green New Deal, Transition

Invitation letter from Birmigham City Council posted here for ease of reference. Karen January 2012 Dear Colleague Re: Birmingham Energy Savers, Aim High, and Green Deal Consultation Event Community and Transition Groups . Birmingham Energy Savers (BES) is an award winning programme within Birmingham City Council which has so far fitted photovoltaic (PV) panels to the roofs of over 1,000 […]

‘Regional development tsar’ backs May referendum about electing a mayor for ‘hollowed out’ Birmingham

Posted 1 CommentPosted in City council, Devolution, Government, Local government, Localism, Politics, Transition

For years the Birmingham Mail has called for a referendum to decide if people want an elected mayor, saying: “In every poll held so far on this subject, from as far back as 2001 to the last few weeks, people have indicated strong interest in making this decision.” Next May a referendum will be held in Birmingham and ten other […]

A Christmas message from the Chairman of A.E. Harris in the Jewellery Quarter

Posted Posted in Economy, Employment, Export-led growth, Government, Import substitution, Local economies, Manufacturing, Procurement, Transition

This post draws on the October and December articles in the Birmingham Post, by Russell Luckock, the chairman of AE Harris – metal pressings, fabrication and tool making.    Note part of the Harris premises is now used for music and drama: ttp://www.aeharrisvenue.co.uk/history.html  . He rightly says that the ‘shocking unemployment statistics should be concentrating Government minds’ and advocates one […]

The crisis of industrial society will force us to address many questions

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Economy, Planning, Politics, Transition

In the latest Scientists for Global Responsibility newsletter, Dr David King, director of Human Genetics Alert wrote an article about the politics of technology. Some of his points are recorded below, taken from an incomplete, confused scan – it was not available online. The 200th anniversary of the Luddite uprisings, as new technologies which put many cut of work were imposed, […]

Local Enterprise Partnerships in the West Midlands

Posted Posted in Devolution, Economy, Employment, Events, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Manufacturing, Transition

Some of the coverage: March-November    LEPs and Localisation: guiding principles for local economic renewal – LWM evaluation of West Midlands LEP proposals: Supporting Local Economic Renewal for Sustainability   Enterprise Zones: David Bailey’s analysis  A proposal to put forward Birmingham city centre as the location of the Enterprise Zone John Clancy’s recommendations  The final sentence in David Bailey’s Post article […]

Occupy London’s Tent University and newspaper

Posted Posted in Banks, Economy, Education, Energy, Finance, Government, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Protest, Transition

Occupy London is organising seminars as well as having informal exchanges with anyone who wants to put forward news or a point of view. Feedback is coming in from a few colleagues – as one wrote:  “Given the mess things are in, it seems absurd to expect a simple set of demands that could put it all right. Instead, OccupyLondon […]

A 24% rise in ‘member owned’ energy co-operatives, 2007-2011

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Co-operatives, Devolution, Economy, Employee ownership, Local economies, Localisation, Transition

News from Pat Conaty, LWM’s co-founder:  It seems that the UK population is taking energy into its own hands, with a 24% rise in the number of ‘member owned’ energy co-operatives in the last four years.  The new figures from Co-operatives UK, the national trade association for co-operative enterprises which works to promote, develop and unite co-operative enterprises, show that […]

Towards a co-operative future?

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Devolution, Economy, Employee ownership, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Transition

Source: a message from America’s New Economics Institute, ‘working across the spectrum to realize our vision for a democratic, sustainable economy’ In June 2011 one of their directors, Gar Alperovitz, wrote: ‘as citizen uprisings from Tunisia to Madison remind us, judgments that serious change cannot take place often miss the quiet buildup of potentially explosive underlying currents. There are reasons […]

Car clubs: saving carbon and reducing ownership

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Transition, Transport

There are now nearly 150,000 members of car clubs across the UK with cities, towns and even villages realising the cost, environmental and convenience benefits they offer. Car clubs provide the convenience and cost saving of being able to use cars based in neighbourhoods. They also offer strong savings on carbon through reduced car ownership and promotion of sustainable travel.  […]

The future: growth, continuity, descent or collapse?

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Economy, Transition

Lean Logic: A dictionary of empowerment Lean Logic is a community of essays about inventive, cooperative self-reliance in the face of great uncertainty. It acknowledges, with honesty, the challenges ahead in finding our way out of an economy that has all but destroyed the very foundations upon which it depends – the climate, the complex ecological system and the community […]