Joe Micheli, Stronger Barnsley Locality Manager, recently spent a week in Philadelphia, as part of the UK Cities of Service programme. In a blog on the Nesta web site Joe reflects on some of the inspiring people they met and projects they visited and what they learned. Read more here. [Source: Nesta Blog, 23 June 2015]
Comedian Patrick Marber has written a play inspired by his position as director of a non-league football club that has debuted in the West End. Nationally Patrick Marber is known for helping create Alan Partridge in On the Hour and The Day Today. But locally he is also known as one of Rooks125 – a group of six supporters who worked hard to take the ailing Lewes Football Club into community ownership. Read more here. [Source: Eastbourne Herald, 1 July 2015]
Back in January John Houghton used the launch of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth’s report into estate renewal to consider what can be done to understand why so many estate renewal programmes fail to deliver benefits beyond the built environment. It is worth highlighting again. Alongside being better at listening to and involving communities, as well as public sector bodies being better at collaborating, he also concludes that we need to build a much stronger evaluation and learning culture around estate renewal. Read more here. [Source: New Start Mag, 29 January 2015]
The practical vision was to get something which would connect local communities with their businesses in a way which kept money building up in their local communities
The success of Bristol’s community currency – with the equivalent of £700,000 in circulation – has helped put the spotlight on attempts to keep money in local economies. While community currencies have a history going back to Victorian times, there has been a resurgence in recent years, with Bristol emerging as the standard-bearer in the UK.
In a blog post on the RSA web site, Paul Buddery considers the role of localism against the backdrop of a government increasingly committed to devolution.
He suggests that after years of argument, counter-argument and downright inertia, devolution’s moment has arrived. Big is once again beautiful. But where does this leave localism? While devolution is a technical change, localism is best understood as a philosophy – a theory or attitude that can guide decision making. One reason that small can still be beautiful is that a knowable space may be a good environment for reciprocal altruism.
Over the coming months the RSA will be teasing out different localist assumptions, testing their weight and applications in an attempt to ensure that the benefits of devolution are fully realized.