Published: 24th Apr 2014

I hope you’ve had a chance to look at Thriving Places, Voluntary Sector North West’s campaign with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (Cles). For us it represents an important statement about the future direction of the sector and its role in local economies and places. We know that the social and the economic are, in reality, two sides of the same coin (one shinier than the other?) and yet the systems that allow this kind of joined-up thinking and working are rare. We think this needs to change and that this is a good time to make that happen. There’s a developing debate about what a ‘good economy’ looks like.  Leading economists have highlighted the central importance of building human capital and inclusive economies.  The Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen makes the case for focussing on human capabilities and the idea that economic growth must be built on social reforms … (To read the full article, subscribe below)