Participatory, inclusive, locally distinctive, inspiring and fun? Economic lessons from Futureshift Festival

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At the Futureshift Festival on 26th April we held a session to discuss the wider economy and the system change implications of the Civic Foundry and Futureshift approach. There’s a seriously infectious buzz surrounding this “accelerator” initiative of the Civic Foundry/Futureshift, with its emphasis on the ‘civic economy’, on doing things for oneself, on innovation, and on using technology for […]

Birmingham’s wholesale markets – a partnership of inclusive local enterprise

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It is vital to Birmingham’s independent food supply chains that Birmingham wholesale markets remain at their central site, neighbouring the retail markets, and being central for their diversity of customers and employees. Despite a much-publicised Council recommendation to stop investigating solutions for the markets remaining on their current site, there is still a hope of this happening – an opportunity […]