GBS LEP’s spatial framework: democracy, nongrowth sectors and getting localisation out of its little box

Posted Posted in Economics, Employment, Local economies

I was at the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership consultation event on their spatial framework this morning. A few thoughts: – During discussion on our table, someone pointed at me and said “and then your community economic development stuff fits into this little box here”. It dawned on me then that the name of our project – Mainstreaming […]

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, […]