Regional government in the Midlands – a historical precedent

Fleetwood’s Ken Palmerton (co-founder of the Institute for Rational Economics) responds to the last post: “Why not the Midlands indeed! Mercia, under Earl Leofric and his tax cutting wife Godiva, was a viable entity, why not now?”

A search revealed that the Midlands of England, Mercia, included much of south Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire . . . → Read More: Regional government in the Midlands – a historical precedent

Dr Paul Salveson: directly-elected regional government

Dr Paul Salveson, like LWM’s George Morran and Cllr. Phil Davis, campaigns for directly-elected regional government. He and others from the North met on November 11th in the station pub at Sowerby Bridge, near to the Lancashire/Yorkshire border, and agreed to form a Northern ‘think tank’ to develop the case for directly-elected regional government . . . → Read More: Dr Paul Salveson: directly-elected regional government

Time to change: Professor Lang’s challenge: embrace local sourcing

Susan Press in the Co-operative News reports a challenge issued by Professor Tim Lang, Head of City University London’s Centre for Food Policy, to the Co-operative Group. It is time to radically change the way food is delivered and distributed to the Group’s 4,800 retail outlets:

“At a time of growing interest in locally . . . → Read More: Time to change: Professor Lang’s challenge: embrace local sourcing

In the best farmers’ markets provenance is closely scrutinised

Gerb Gerbrands, who founded the flourishing farmers’ market with Clare Honeyfield (Made In Stroud shop) in 1999, wrote in the Stroud News and Journal about the difference between farmers’ market stallholders and those at ‘ordinary’ markets.

He receives applications from potential stall-holders a who are asked to fill in a form which states: “If . . . → Read More: In the best farmers’ markets provenance is closely scrutinised

Three vital advantages of municipal utilities

Bob Massie of America’s New Economics Institute sent news today that voters in Boulder, Colorado, have ended their relationship with Xcel Energy, a utility with $10.7 billion in revenues, clearing the way for the city to form its own municipal utility that would lower rates and make greater use of renewable energy.

The city’s . . . → Read More: Three vital advantages of municipal utilities

Reviving a genuinely local entrepreneurial culture

Innovative thinkers often have to wait ten to twenty years before their concepts become mainstream. Two years ago David Boyle (New Economics Foundation) listed ten linked propositions, many borrowed from the most successful cities in Europe and North and South America, which could effectively allow cities to take back control of their economic destiny. . . . → Read More: Reviving a genuinely local entrepreneurial culture

Farmers’ markets in India, Poland, England and America

 

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Julian Rose sends a link to a video about a new farmers’ market set up in Krakow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEd_FnoD6kU&feature=youtu.be. When questioned about the web’s reference to many farmers’ markets of long-standing in the city, Julian explained:

“Most of these markets are not authentic ‘local’ suppliers and are also often fronted by middle men. . . . → Read More: Farmers’ markets in India, Poland, England and America

Energy security, using devices manufactured in this country

Professor John A. Mathews’ areas of expertise include semiconductors, flat panel displays and new energy industries, solar photovoltaics and LEDs.

He wrote in the Financial Times:

“A quite different version of “energy security” involves reliance on the power generated by renewable devices – wind turbines, solar cells – that are manufactured in the . . . → Read More: Energy security, using devices manufactured in this country

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?

ChangeKitchen in Digbeth

ChangeKitchen CIC is a social enterprise which was set up by the Birmingham charity, SIFA Fireside, using the  training and catering skills of Birgit Kehrer, the brains and the hands behind BSustained.

Increasing the use of environmentally friendly, organic, local and fair trade products is a priority. Fairtrade goods such as coffee, tea, spices . . . → Read More: ChangeKitchen in Digbeth