We mustn’t go on with our creaking orthodox reading of economic development which is often remote from the economic local realities, the places we live in, the lives many people face and the worries they have. We must reset economic development, and embrace new ideas and approaches.
April 2012 - NewStart
Procurement as a tool for achieving the best public policy outcomes founded on an understanding of what a place-based idea of the common good is cannot be either about scaling or seeding. At some level, and in most places, it is about both.
Government is offering more, not less, support for business. But by focusing on businesses that are already winning, its policy is about survival of the fittest, argues Elliot Forte
Steve Dubb talks to Caroline Murray about her work with the Alliance to Develop Power. The charity works at the grassroots in deprived communities in Springfield, Massachusetts, creating co-operatively owned and community-led housing and developing worker-owned enterprises
Crowd-based tools have the power to put citizens at the heart of urban renewal. In the second instalment based on his new book, Recivilising: The Rise of the Renewal Renegades, Storm Cunningham looks at the impact
Flexibility is the key to ensuring public service commissioning has a positive social impact, as Jenni Inglis explains
The Isle of Wight Lottery, England’s first local lottery for employment, is proving to be a long-term solution to local business support provision, as Clare Goff finds out.
The government, for better or worse, isn’t going to establish a national urban skills strategy or learning programme. The burden has fallen onto practitioners and residents, to share what we know and talk to each other about what we don’t.
While Newham’s Mayor is right to say that astronomical central London prices and rents have pushed more and more people into the outer boroughs, the answer can’t be to push poor families further out and create yet another two-tier borough.
Unless we have a focus on place and a context which tackles the underlying social issues of unemployment, lack of jobs, local income flows and inequality then service transformation – no matter how effective – will ultimately falter.