How do radical new approaches best flourish in a system that is top-down, inflexible and ineffective? How should we respond to prescriptive government funding and the vested interests that conspire to resist or slow down change? The answer lies in mobilising communities – in individual neighbourhoods, yes, but also through linking and connecting neighbourhoods across cities, regions, countries, even continents.
June 2013 - Page 2 of 3 - NewStart
We shouldn’t downplay the pain the cuts will cause. But nor should we paint such an apocalyptic picture that we legitimise the pernicious idea that people living in poverty are hopelessly dependent on already meagre benefits. That would be an even greater assault on the dignity of the poor than anything George Osborne can come up with.
ISSUE 512, JUNE 2013 *SPECIAL FOCUS ON COMMUNITY RIGHTS*
Martin Large's aim is to 'reclaim our common wealth' and his work has enabled the development of community-owned land and housing. Here he talks through the emerging models and argues for tri-sectoral partnerships to preserve and steward our commons.
The Crown Estate is responsible for the management of much of the UK's coastline. In recent years it has taken steps to allow the local community to play a more active role through the introduction of local management agreements.
As local authorities come under pressure to divest their woodlands, parks and green spaces, we need a radical rethink of how we manage land, argues Mark Walton.
An incredible 300 assets have been listed since the Right to Bid legislation came into force. This is the vital first step in protecting buildings and land. Here are some of the pioneering organisations and groups.
The Woodlands Social Enterprise Network is a new body to promote and support communities involved in woodland management. Mike Perry assesses the opportunity for an entrepreneurial approach to reconnecting people with their local woods.
Portland Works, a workspace and building of industrial heritage in Sheffield, was due to be redeveloped as flats until the local community stepped in. Steve Connelly reports on how a community shares issue to buy the building is helping create a new kind of local economy.
With Fixed Odds Betting Terminals averaging £900 per week profit per machine, under the relaxed planning laws there’s every incentive to convert many more empty shops into bookies. This is what the government is actually doing to the high street and they don’t care as long as they can screw every last penny out of business rates.