Last Thursday I attended a meeting at the Hereford Cider Museum to discuss the work which Nick Sherwood and colleagues from Herefordshire Transition Network are doing on developing ‘a thriving, resilient Herefordshire economy’ that is capable of meeting ‘the challenges of climate change, energy security and economic uncertainty’. They are working with a range . . . → Read More: Establishing the Potential of a Transition Enterprise Economy in Herefordshire
Some very quick thoughts picking up on earlier tweets on today’s Social Inclusion Process Be Birmingham summit: quick because it’s officially my day off and I want to go and tend the rain-battered swamp that passes for our garden in this particular ‘summer’.
Having spent the last two summits concerned that the social inclusion . . . → Read More: Buoyed by a positive attitude to a socially inclusive economy in Birmingham
Press Release – For immediate release: 15th February 2012, Birmingham, UK
Two BIRMINGHAM based social businesses, iSE and Localise West Midlands (LWM), are celebrating their success in winning national funding from LEAF. This funding will resource 10 locally based social enterprises to engage in the energy saving agenda that will result in local householders . . . → Read More: iSE & LWM win LEAF funding to support social enterprises on household energy-saving agenda
Osborne said “There are those who are trying to create an anti-business culture in Britain – and we have to stop them. At stake are not pay packages for a few but jobs and prosperity for the many.”
Agreed, but not the way he means it. Large bonus culture is one illustration of how . . . → Read More: Osborne’s anti-business culture
For our forthcoming sustainable and resilient planning event in Herefordshire, a couple of us from LWM met today with a contact in the Town and Country Planning Association and have been hearing more about the Localism bill than is good for us.
I previously outlined some concerns about the planning aspects of this bill . . . → Read More: Localism bill – more on the dog’s breakfast
On July 12th our latest speaker meeting sparked a lively discussion on green jobs in the West Midlands- Where will they come from? Who will they employ? And how they will shape the future economy?
Keith Budden, manager of Be Birmingham’s Environmental Partnership, kicked the evening off with a short presentation, outlining . . . → Read More: The Green Economy and Local Job Creation
Birmingham Green New Deal and beyond: How the green economy can kick-start Birmingham out of recession and create a sustainable local economy.
Localise West Midlands and Birmingham Friends of the Earth would like to invite you to a speaker event discussing the potential of the green economy to boost local job creation.
. . . → Read More: Is there a job in the Green Economy for you? LWM's latest speaker event
Three days ago as I entered a rather impressive marquee I was greeted by hundreds of councillors, businessmen and influential individuals, all buzzing about the launch of the cities new procurement website: finditinbirmingham.com.
Based upon the massively successful finditinsandwell.com, the website aims to relocalise procurement by showcasing services offered by Birmingham based . . . → Read More: Finditinbirmingham.com: re-launching the local economy?
One of many organisations promoting locally based alternatives known to LWM is the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) - a non-profit organisation, Seen today on its events site:
Will the local economy movement replace the ‘climate movement’?
As one of the clearest voices to emerge since the inception of the climate movement, 350.org brought . . . → Read More: Will the local economy movement and the 'climate movement' converge?