After five years of austerity and with more to come, the need to rethink local economies is more pressing than ever. Governments are not going to do it for us. The big society has evaporated as a political idea. Many of the new private sector jobs are precarious, low-wage roles with few prospects, barely keeping body and soul together. No wonder New Start is examining the experiments in local economics with increasing urgency. No wonder Neil McInroy is talking about an economy that is ‘less about me and more about us’. And no wonder David Boyle is banging on the Treasury’s door in a quest to change conventional economic attitudes. For six years now one of these experiments in local economics has been taking place at the back end of a neglected Yorkshire valley. Frequently dismissed as just another community growing scheme, Incredible Edible Todmorden is serious about rethinking the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Julian Dobson is founder of Urban Pollinators