Can you help us to inspire and catalyse a better economy?

Join LWM’s board

We know our work towards localising and redistributing prosperity resonates with a lot of people. We’d love some of that resonance to draw people to get involved in governing our future – the small but crucial ‘lynchpin’ organisation in the region’s progressive economics!

After the summer we will be embarking on a fourth phase of our Localising Prosperity programme, which came from our groundbreaking research into the benefits of a localisation approach and how it can be integrated into mainstream economic development. We are now focusing on delivery of this agenda in practice. The main strands of work will be:

  • Maximising the local benefits of the new hospital development in Smethwick, including with partners through the EU-funded USEIT project
  • Enabling more of a voice for economic justice organisations into the Combined Authority agenda
  • Supporting and challenging regional and local economic agendas to go beyond ‘growth’ to ‘who benefits’.

We will also be putting some time into diversifying our activities and will be planning for this over the summer.

To help refresh and strengthen our thinking we’re looking for two new active, committed board members with commitment to our concept and values, understanding of the tactics and communication for effecting change, and relevant knowledge and contacts.

We are also very aware that the age, ethnicity and gender profile of our board does not reflect the population of the West Midlands, and we are keen to address this in order to benefit from a wider range of perspectives and ensure we do not inadvertently exclude anyone from our group. So we particularly welcome applications from women, younger people, and people from a variety of cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds.

Please read our Board member role description and browse our website for more information. If you’re interested, please email us outlining how you meet the above criteria and why you are interested in getting involved, attaching your CV. We’ll then be in touch to arrange a meeting.

Please also pass this on to contacts who could be interested!

Karen Leach

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

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

UK economic policy needs to serve its different regions, deliver social justice, and operate within environmental limits. In the run up to the 2015 elections, how can we challenge London-centric political debate and set an agenda for achieving this in the West Midlands?

This participatory event organised by Compass WM and Localise WM will bring people together from across party-political lines to explore some coherent policy and practice proposals for meaningful economic change, and to plan how we can help turn them into action.

–         How can more people be included more equally in the economy?

–         How can we shape finance, skills, planning and other levers to support sustainable prosperity?

–         How can we make environmental limits real in economic decisions?

All are welcome – policymakers, community activists, political activists, NGOs, economic development officers anyone who wants to help make a better economy happen in the region. Booking is essential.

How to bookcompasslwmlogo

The event cost is £5.00 to cover the cost of refreshments and can be paid via Paypal or on the day. Please email karen@localisewestmidlands.org.uk with the following:

Name:

Organisation (if any):

Any access requirements:

I have paid by Paypal: Yes / no

I will pay on the day: Yes / no
We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Karen Leach (Localise WM) and Andy Howell (Compass WM)

 

About the organisers:

Compass is a home for those who want to build and be a part of a Good Society; one where equality, sustainability and democracy are not mere aspirations, but a living reality. This event will partly act as a relaunch of Compass West Midlands and set an agenda for further action.

Localise West Midlands works towards more localised approaches to supply chains, ownership and decision-making for a more just and sustainable economy. We do this by bringing people and organisations together to explore ideas and take action, and by research, consultancy and campaigning. See www.localisingprosperity.org.uk, our new resource for better local economies.

We are grateful to Innovation Birmingham for use of the venue.