Join Local Futures at Earth, Culture, Economy

Posted Posted in Banks, Economy, Environment, Events, Food, Government, Health, Local economies, Transition

25th-29th June | Schumacher College, Totnes, UK   What would the world look like if humans lived harmoniously with nature rather than creating environmental mayhem? What strategies can be employed to overcome the entrenched power of big business, big banks, and big government? We’ll dig into these questions in Earth, Culture, Economy, an open course at Schumacher College led by Helena Norberg-Hodge, […]

Economic Prospects for 2017: Andrew Simms – New Economics Foundation

Posted Posted in Bank of England, Banks, Books and articles, Economics, Finance, Renewable energy

              As John Nightingale who sent the link says, this ‘reads well’:  Each year the Financial Times conducts a survey of leading economists on the UK’s upcoming prospects. The New Weather Institute is part of that survey and predicts a bumpy ride. A lot of the FT material sits behind a paywall, so for interest here are the answers we […]

A Future Beyond Growth: event, Sat 5th July 9.30am

Posted Posted in Devolution, Economics, Regional economies, Uncategorized

You are invited to A Future Beyond Growth – a half-day event to explore the policy and practice changes needed for a better (sustainable and socially just) economy, and how we can make it happen. Saturday 5th July, 09.30 until 1330 Innovation Centre Birmingham – Holt Street, Aston Science Park, Birmingham Keynote speaker: Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party […]

Continuing the good work on mainstreaming stronger & more inclusive local economies

Posted Posted in Economics, Economy, Local economies, Localisation, Localism, Regional economies, Social Enterprise

I’m pleased to report that Localise WM has secured funding from the Barrow Cadbury Trust for 2013-14 to progress our work on Mainstreaming Community Economic Development. You may be aware of our previous Mainstreaming CED project, which amassed a remarkable body of evidence around the social and economic benefits of localised economies (see our literature review or its summary) and […]

Birmingham’s budget dilemmas: defences against the vandalism of austerity

Posted Posted in City council, Local economies, Local government, Localisation

I’m just looking at the Birmingham City Council service reviews and budget consultation to make Localise West Midlands’ response – emphasising ways in which the Council can maximise local multiplier to reduce its whole system costs. As a citizen it’s incredibly frustrating to see the city forced into making such ridiculous choices. In my own area the likely closure of […]

Missing the ownership element of sustainable development – thoughts from the BCSD workshop

Posted Posted in Economics, Economy, Environment

I attended the Business Council for Sustainable Development UK reception and sustainable development workshop today. The Council’s worldwide President, Peter Bakker, talked (excellently) about the need to entirely reform capitalism in order to achieve better social goals and to live within environmental limits. Then there were workshop sessions on how businesses need to engage with and account for ecosystems services, […]

Progressing a better economy – event report 18th October 2012

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Co-operatives, Economics, Economy, Globalisation, Uncategorized

Whilst our speaker evening last Thursday was partly about celebrating the achievements of Localise West Midlands over our ten years’ existence, there’s too much to do on sustainable economics to be purely introspective. So our guest speaker was Tim Jenkins, director of the new economics foundation‘s Great Transition campaign, with its emphasis on movement-building for major economic change. Through extensive promotion we had an […]

Localism and localisation – a potentially symbiotic relationship?

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Devolution, Economy, Food, Localisation, Localism

The June Co-operative Congress, organised by the Co-operative College and Co-operatives UK, backed the concept of co-operative localism. Wooldale Co-op secretary Mark Lewis said “the 21st century global economy had tended to strip away local economic activity in favour of distant, centralised solutions but added that there is a huge opportunity to help provide vital services to local communities and […]