‘Project Hope’: rebuild local economies

David Fleming drew on the wisdom of Elinor Ostrom, who published ‘Governing the Commons’ in 1990. An article in the Economist records that “collaboration was her watchword. Neighbours thrived if they worked together. The best-laid communal schemes would fall apart...

Relocalisation of food production and distribution: the ‘strategic alternative’

In the Friend, 19th October 2018, Clíodhna Mulhern remembers living in a market town in Ireland in the 1950s: “We shopped in small independent shops and our food was local: our vegetables came from neighbouring farms, always seasonal, and there was no other kind”....

A fair and sustainable local way of feeding urban communities

Julie Brown, director of Growing Communities’, a trading and wholesaling operation, says her mission is to feed urban communities locally in a way that is fair and sustainable in the face of corporate dominance and climate change. Two of her suppliers, Martin and...