Co-operatives: raising and developing the weakest part of our local communities and civil society?

The roots of the co-operative movement in Italy go back to 19th century workers’ associations, with credit services, agricultural and building co-ops forming an important part of the overall economy. There are more than 20, 000 cooperatives, including housing and banking movements, with over 3 million members.

In 2011 Jeffrey Hollander asserted that . . . → Read More: Co-operatives: raising and developing the weakest part of our local communities and civil society?

Preston: building a new local economics

New Start magazine, which champions urban regeneration that is inclusive, sustainable and socially just, has reported on the work of CLES (Centre for Local Economic Strategies) with Preston City Council. Innovative Quinton councillor John Clancy, who has been to Preston to meet councillors there at a CLES conference, has already tweeted the New Start . . . → Read More: Preston: building a new local economics

The ‘GDP fetish’

The FT’s Janan Ganesh recently ‘dismissed the Green Party as hippy eccentrics for, among other things, contemplating zero per cent gross domestic product growth’.

Cardiff author Don Cropper counters: “In this respect, the Greens are only as eccentric as the boy who pointed out the problem with the Emperor’s new clothes”.

He explains: . . . → Read More: The ‘GDP fetish’

Community energy: co-operative, citizen-centred, decentralised

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Although a couple of weeks ago the government agreed to ban all fracking in protected areas, they are now reported as saying this may ‘unduly constrain the industry’ and fracking will be allowed to take place under National Parks and other protected areas if the wells start outside their boundaries. The passing of . . . → Read More: Community energy: co-operative, citizen-centred, decentralised

International localisers meet in person or via Facebook

Speakers from around the world will be covering a range of interconnected topics – local food, technology, healthcare, local business, indigenous rights, environmental justice and much more. Workshops include:

envisioning local learning; local community self-governance: the next step towards an economics of happiness; taking the 10-day local food challenge: how local can we go? open . . . → Read More: International localisers meet in person or via Facebook

Transition town focus

A transition town is a grassroots community project that seeks to build resilience in the face of peak oil, climate destruction and economic instability. Local projects are usually based on the model’s 12 ‘ingredients’. The first initiative to use the name was Transition Town Totnes, founded in 2006.

Between late 2006 and early . . . → Read More: Transition town focus

Stroudco Food Hub

Stroudco Food Hub – which has one part-time paid member of staff and an increasing group of enthusiastic volunteers is seven years old. It currently supports some 57 local food and drink producers, ranging from well-known names such as Stroud Brewery and Winstone’s Ice Cream to allotment growers and school gardeners offering just . . . → Read More: Stroudco Food Hub

LWM co-founder: rebuild and rediversify economies

Last September, Colin Hines, co-founder of LWM, gave the final address (link to pdf here) at the 20th Conference on Alternative Economic Policy in Europe, at the Sapienza University in Rome (Department of Statistics), organised by the EuroMemo Group and jointly hosted with Economia Civile. His conclusion:

“A successful campaign to turn Treaty of . . . → Read More: LWM co-founder: rebuild and rediversify economies

Theme of top post this year: realising the potential of local economic power

Mainstreaming Community Economic Development is a major strand of LWM’s work that explores and supports an economic development approach that is based on making the most of local enterprise, existing business supply chains, networks, community assets and human potential.

Read on: http://localisewestmidlands.org.uk/mainstreaming_ced/

Its second project, Localising Prosperity: http://localisewestmidlands.org.uk/mainstreaming_ced/mced2-reports/

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Human-scale, decentralised technologies

In Lean Logic, the late David Fleming recalls that in in 1995, the Times Literary Supplement placed a book by E.F. Schumacher, the chief economic advisor to the UK Coal Board for two post war decades, among the 100 most influential books published since World War II. Small Is Beautiful: a study of economics . . . → Read More: Human-scale, decentralised technologies