A new citywide currency keeping money earned in city in the local economy

Posted Posted in Economy, Finance, Local economies, Microfinance, Planning, Regional economies, Transition

Above: Karen Leach from Localise West Midlands and Andy Reeve from Impact Hub Birmingham who have produced a currency note exclusive to Birmingham – see http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/birmingham-could-next-city-launch-8810436. They are planning to follow the model of the existing Bristol Pound, which is currently used by 782 firms and generates £1 million of business each year. Karen Leach, coordinator at Localise West Midlands, […]

Human-scale, decentralised technologies

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Economics, Economy, Energy, Environment, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Regional economies, Renewable energy, Sustainability, Transition

In Lean Logic, the late David Fleming recalls that in in 1995, the Times Literary Supplement placed a book by E.F. Schumacher, the chief economic advisor to the UK Coal Board for two post war decades, among the 100 most influential books published since World War II. Small Is Beautiful: a study of economics as if people mattered has been […]

Exploring the systems by which we organise our livelihoods

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Democracy, Devolution, Economics, Economy, Employee ownership, Local economies, Mutuals, Planning, Procurement, Regional economies, Social Enterprise, Trade, Transition

    In this Barrow Cadbury Trust blog, the co-ordinator of Localise West Midlands gives feedback on the opportunity to research the assumption at the heart of Localise West Midlands’ mission offered by the Trust. The assumption is: “. . .that in a more localised economy, more people have a stake, which redistributes economic power and resilience, reducing disconnection and […]

Our current economic predicament defined and the MCED way forward highlighted

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Devolution, Economics, Economy, Employee ownership, Energy, Environment, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Poverty, Regional economies, Social Enterprise, Transition, Transition Network

  Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Movement, quotes a brief but pointed analysis from a new report by Dr Tim Morgan called ‘The Perfect Storm: energy, finance and the end of growth‘, published by FTSE 250 company Tullett Prebon, saying: “It’s stirring stuff.  His analysis of why we have ended up in our current economic predicament runs thus: He […]