‘Project Hope’: rebuild local economies

Posted Posted in Biodiversity, Books and articles, Devolution, Food, Green New Deal, Health, Local economies, Low carbon, People power, Sustainability, Transition, Transport

David Fleming drew on the wisdom of Elinor Ostrom, who published ‘Governing the Commons’ in 1990. An article in the Economist records that “collaboration was her watchword. Neighbours thrived if they worked together. The best-laid communal schemes would fall apart once people began to act only as individuals, or formed elites . . . “  She asked two basic questions: how […]

“Call and response”: enabling government to rediscover its role as public servant

Posted Posted in Books and articles, City council, Democracy, Devolution, Environment, Local government, Localisation, Planning, Politics, Transition

In one section of Lean Logic, the late David Fleming focussed on “call and response”, the principle by which localities can call on their local authorities for assistance to develop projects, without themselves losing the initiative. He cites the example of Portland, Oregon: “Portland is now widely recognised for its neighbourhood associations and the extent of their initiative-taking in decisions […]