Three vital advantages of municipal utilities

Posted Posted in City council, Democracy, Devolution, Energy, Environment, Finance, Import substitution, Local economies, Local government, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Procurement, Renewable energy, Sustainability, Transition

Bob Massie of America’s New Economics Institute sent news today that voters in Boulder, Colorado, have ended their relationship with Xcel Energy, a utility with $10.7 billion in revenues, clearing the way for the city to form its own municipal utility that would lower rates and make greater use of renewable energy. The city’s ‘multiple pleas’ for more clean wind […]

American localisers call for new economic forms to support an emerging new economy

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Democracy, Devolution, Economy, Employee ownership, Employment, Environment, Finance, Food, Housing, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Microfinance, Planning, Regional economies, Transition

. . As ‘our grand economic experiment’ has demonstrably failed to serve people and planet, New Economics members in America have begun to readjust and re-experiment. Citizens organized in neighbourhoods, cities, and small towns, are working together to create new economic forms that support an emerging new economy.  PBS NewsHour has aired a report on BerkShares, a local currency in […]

Cutting through ‘sustainababble’

Posted Posted in Biodiversity, Books and articles, Democracy, Economics, Economy, Environment, Local economies, Planning, Politics, Regional economies, Transition

Today we received news from America’s New Economics Institute – a partner of Britain’s nef – about the latest edition of Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World series. Their comment: Every day, we are presented with a range of “sustainable” products and activities – from “green” cleaning supplies to carbon offsets – but with so much labeled as “sustainable,” the […]

Does supporting local business build resilient local economies – and a more peaceful world?

Posted Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Fair trade, Food, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Regional economies, Renewable energy, Social Enterprise, Sustainability, Water

Judy Wicks, a board member of the NEI – featured recently on this site – thinks that it does. Looking around for more information, evidence of a very adventurous and constructive life – including living with the Eskimos and working with the Zapatistas  – was easily found online. Her unusual slant on localisation was extracted from the 24th Schumacher Lecture […]

2013 watershed: rebuilding local economies

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economics, Employee ownership, Environment, Local economies, Transition

A recent message came from Bob Massie, the president of the New Economics Institute, based in Massachusetts, which grew from E. F. Schumacher Society, in close partnership with Britain’s new economics foundation. It opened by saying that 2013 is likely to be a watershed year: “A tremendous number of people around the country understand that the system is broken, and […]