Move beyond left/right, Brexit/Remain thinking, and build a movement for economic change

Posted Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Finance, Food, Globalisation, Government, Health, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Transition Network

In similar vein to a recent post on this site, Helena Norberg-Hodge writes: Ever since the Brexit referendum was first announced, we have been bombarded by an array of starkly contradictory pronouncements – from the Leave camp’s now infamous claim that withdrawal from the EU would release £350 million a week for the NHS to the former Chancellor George Osborne’s […]

Award for LWM co-founder of the Aston Reinvestment Trust

Posted Posted in Banks, Employment, Finance, Local economies, Trade

The Citi Foundation and Community Development Finance Association awards recently recognised several organisations finding innovative ways to finance the communities that need it most. Pat Conaty received an individual award for working to improve access to finance and support the community development finance sector. On the right is Shamima Begum, the other individual award winner. Pat first brought the CDFI […]

Missing the ownership element of sustainable development – thoughts from the BCSD workshop

Posted Posted in Economics, Economy, Environment

I attended the Business Council for Sustainable Development UK reception and sustainable development workshop today. The Council’s worldwide President, Peter Bakker, talked (excellently) about the need to entirely reform capitalism in order to achieve better social goals and to live within environmental limits. Then there were workshop sessions on how businesses need to engage with and account for ecosystems services, […]

Osborne’s anti-business culture

Posted Posted in Democracy, Economy, Employment, Globalisation, Government, Localisation

Osborne said “There are those who are trying to create an anti-business culture in Britain – and we have to stop them. At stake are not pay packages for a few but jobs and prosperity for the many.” Agreed, but not the way he means it. Large bonus culture is one illustration of how our over- centralised economic structure has […]