Event: Guild of Independent Currencies: June Meetup

Posted Posted in Economics, Economy, Finance, Local economies, Localisation, Microfinance, Transition

Date: 15th June 2015 Time: 9:30am to 5pm Where: Exeter Quaker Meeting House. Wynards Lane EX2 4HU Cost: £5 includes lunch and refreshments The Guild of Independent Currencies has been created by the Bristol Pound (covered on sister site in 2013) to help others to launch their own independent currencies, supporting them through shared technology, best practice and with anything […]

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, […]

In the best farmers’ markets provenance is closely scrutinised

Posted Posted in Council, Economics, Economy, Employment, Finance, Import substitution, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Procurement, Retail, Sustainability, Trade, Transition, Transport

Gerb Gerbrands, who founded the flourishing farmers’ market with Clare Honeyfield (Made In Stroud shop) in 1999, wrote in the Stroud News and Journal about the difference between farmers’ market stallholders and those at ‘ordinary’ markets. He receives applications from potential stall-holders a who are asked to fill in a form which states: “If products are made with bought-in ingredients, […]

Community currencies

Posted Posted in Economics, Local economies, Localisation, Microfinance, Renewable energy, Social Enterprise, Trade, Transition, Transition Network

There are local or community currencies in several British towns, including Bath, Stroud, Totnes, Calderdale, Bristol and Brixton – and in many countries around the world. The most recent reports have come from India and South Africa. Jeremy Williams writes that with the financial system in disarray and the economic downturn, local currencies come into their own: “They are counter-cyclical: […]

Community Supported Industry

Posted Posted in Democracy, Devolution, Economy, Finance, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Local government, Low carbon, Manufacturing, Microfinance, Mutuals, Procurement, Sustainability, Transition

Community Supported Agriculture (flourishing in Stroud) started in the USA in 1986 at Indian Line Farm in South Egremont, Massaschusetts, just a couple of miles down Jug End Road from the Library and offices of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, a partner of the British New Economics Foundation. Their projects have included the BerkShares Local Currency Program and […]

A call for more decision-making powers to be devolved to regional level

Posted Posted in Democracy, Devolution, Economics, Economy, Energy, Finance, Food, Localisation, Tax, Transport

Some Localise West Midlands members who have a particular interest in economic and political devolution, will welcome the call of a district councillor (also green economist and professor at Roehampton University), for more decision-making powers to be devolved to regional level. Cllr Scott Cato, who represents Stroud’s Valley ward and has been selected as the lead candidate for the Greens […]