International localisers meet in person or via Facebook

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 . . . → Read More: International localisers meet in person or via Facebook

Transition town focus

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 . . . → Read More: Transition town focus

Stroudco Food Hub

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 . . . → Read More: Stroudco Food Hub

LWM co-founder: rebuild and rediversify economies

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 . . . → Read More: LWM co-founder: rebuild and rediversify economies

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

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/

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Human-scale, decentralised technologies

In Lean Logic, the late David Fleming recalls that in in 1995, the Times Literary Supplement placed a book by E.F. Schumacher, the chief economic advisor to the UK Coal Board for two post war decades, among the 100 most influential books published since World War II. Small Is Beautiful: a study of economics . . . → Read More: Human-scale, decentralised technologies

A different economic model: 2 – a constant, stable,‘steady state’ economy

George Monbiot suggests that it is time for a government commission on post-growth economics which would invite contributions from those already investigating the possibility of moving towards a steady state economy: one that seeks distribution rather than blind expansion; that does not demand infinite growth on a finite planet.

Localise West Midlands is dedicated . . . → Read More: A different economic model: 2 – a constant, stable,‘steady state’ economy

Localise Birmingham? A lead from India

The sheer size of the city was brought home to the writer who accidentally travelled the 49’s circuitous bus route which crossed many city wards. With the exception of glossy Longbridge – a ‘revolution in regeneration’ – it was clear that there was a great deal to be done in several rather neglected and . . . → Read More: Localise Birmingham? A lead from India

A lesson for Britain: Brazil promotes food security and local food procurement, strengthening family farming

Vested interests replacing the now defunct Flying Matters, a lobby group funded by the aviation industry, vigorously defend the profitable import of food from countries with malnourished people. A better way forward, socially, economically and environmentally is offered by the Director General of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, Jose Graziano da Silva (Extraordinary . . . → Read More: A lesson for Britain: Brazil promotes food security and local food procurement, strengthening family farming

Think global, act local – H.T. Brigham, Coleshill

Where did you buy your groceries from this week? Did you visit the independent traders on your local high street, or the one-stop-shop supermarket just down the road?

Which you choose will probably come down to several factors including, price, quality, variety, convenience, and not least, whether you even have a local high . . . → Read More: Think global, act local – H.T. Brigham, Coleshill