In Wakefield, Pav Sull, owner of Woodhouse Post Office, has reported a marked reduction in anti-social behaviour in and around his premises since getting involved in artwork projects with young people and volunteering at local youth drop-in sessions.
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We’re looking for innovative initiatives that are both economically and socially inclusive – exemplars that everyone should want to aspire to.
**UPDATE: SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED** The Better Places National Awards will celebrate initiatives that go that extra mile, reach out to all sections of society and blaze a trail for others to follow.
A green economy is not a sub-set of the economy at large – our whole economy needs to be green. A green economy will maximise value and growth across the whole economy, while managing natural assets sustainably.
While policymakers flip-flop it’s up to local areas themselves to take the bull by the horns, recognise their own needs as well as the need for change, and react to challenges in the most appropriate way for them.
Crowdfunding is now a legal form of finance for start-ups in the US. Storm Cunningham looks at the success of the crowd-funding model on local renewal
If the commitment to the welfare state, as we currently understand it, is destroyed then the more challenged northern English boroughs will see huge social and economic impacts.
Like the workers in Robert Tressel’s book The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, who threw themselves into back-breaking work for poverty wages in order to generate profit for their masters, these optimists are throwing themselves into seeing the good in policy which offers only meagre solutions.
Economic crisis seems to be never-ending and, in the meantime, things are changing. Sometimes silently, other times violently. We are still in the beginning and, after decades of too much rhetoric on sustainability, local and decentralised solutions will be part of the answer.
Perhaps spending £400m on building the market for social investment is a good idea. But we don’t need to blithely accept that this is the only way this money could be used. It could have been used to support the thousands (hundreds of thousdands?) of charities and community groups that have seen their funding cut as a result of spending cuts.