A fair and sustainable local way of feeding urban communities

Posted Posted in Economy, Fair trade, Finance, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Low carbon, Procurement, Retail, Sustainability, Trade, Transition, Transport, Urban

Julie Brown, director of Growing Communities’, a trading and wholesaling operation, says her mission is to feed urban communities locally in a way that is fair and sustainable in the face of corporate dominance and climate change. Two of her suppliers, Martin and Sarah Mackey, grow potatoes and kale, in Kent as tenants on their holding, Ripple Farm. They sell some of […]

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Lucas Plan on 26th Nov!

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Veteran trade unionists and younger activists see Nobel prize-nominated plan as inspiration for the future Leading figures from the left, trade union, environmental and peace movements are coming together at a conference on November 26th with a fresh perspective on tackling current crises, using the ideas of socially useful production pioneered in the Lucas Plan. The Plan, produced by workers […]

Update: International Alliance for Localisation

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Economics, Environment, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Procurement, Trade, Transition

Early in December this blog reported that Local Futures has gathered a cross-cultural, North-South network of thinkers, activists and NGOs – the International Alliance for Localization (IAL). It already has members from over 30 countries and Localise West Midlands is one of the member organisations. In the wake of the Paris climate talks, Local Futures has released a 16 page […]

A message from Delhi about growth blindness: a manufactured disease

Posted Posted in Economics, EU, Export-led growth, Finance, Food, Globalisation, Government, Local economies, Planning, Transition Network

An economic system created by and for moneyed interests: Analyst Devinder Sharma writes about universities, educational institutes and business schools which are churning out graduates and postgraduates who are made to believe in the magic potion of growth. Newspapers are full of reports and quotes about growth. Finance ministers everywhere in the world swear by economic growth. TV anchors, most […]

If the solution is not a Green New Deal then what is it?

Posted Posted in Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, Finance, Government, Green New Deal, Local government, Manufacturing, Planning, Procurement, Transition

  Colin Hines, co-founder of Localise West Midlands, sends news of a report advancing a much-needed debate about how to move the UK out of the counterproductive politics of austerity and into the age of the Green New Deal. He sees this as a matter of the utmost urgency and thinks that if it isn’t introduced rapidly, we are likely […]

Will the end of traditional growth paths lead to ‘cosmopolitan localism’ ?

Posted Posted in Democracy, Devolution, Economics, Energy, Environment, Food, Housing, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Manufacturing, Planning, Transition, Transport

Steve Schofield, whose work in Bradford was covered on this blog some time ago, focusses on the real security challenge of the 21st century caused by resource depletion and climate change. The evolution of the international system was driven by the ambitions of the larger industrial states, defined by elite, corporate groups that control central government policy and requiring access […]