Time Banks summary

Posted Posted in Banks, City council, Democracy, Economy, Government, Local economies, Social Enterprise, Transition, Uncategorized

Assembled because of the 15th October, Public Timebanking event in Birmingham The world’s first time bank is said to have been established in 1973 by a Japanese woman. The benefits that older time bank members derived included formation of new friendship networks to replace those lost by retirement and the chance to use old skills and learn new ones. Time […]

Reviving a genuinely local entrepreneurial culture

Posted Posted in Banks, City council, Democracy, Devolution, Economics, Economy, Energy, Finance, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Microfinance, Planning, Procurement, Regional economies, Renewable energy, Transition, Waste

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. Agreeing with the City Growth Commission […]

Needed: the revival of a genuinely local entrepreneurial culture

Posted Posted in Economy, Local economies, Planning, Retail, Trade, Transition

David Boyle of the New Economics Foundation writes: “What kind of entrepreneurial activity is most likely to bring local recovery and local resilience? “The answer is probably not a chain store that competes in every market – the very opposite of an anchor store.  It is going to be the revival of a genuinely local entrepreneurial culture” – and some […]