Knowing how precarious our economic conditions will continue to be, we should be working as 'Economic Development Practitioners Without Borders', moving in to stabilise fragile economic regions. If this approach worked after World War II, why can't it work now?
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What are the conditions needed for local economies to be built around SMEs, social enterprises and community groups with support from public sector and larger private companies; and what is needed to ensure that this can become the ‘usual’ approach of economic policy?
What went wrong with Business Link? Elliot Forte looks back on its rise and fall and examines whether latest attempts by government to support businesses are any more likely to succeed
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
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.