St Matthew’s Big Local area in Leicester is keeping residents and local organisations informed on progress against the area’s priorities, for making it an even better place to live, by mapping where money is being invested. See the map here. [Source: St Matthew’s Big Local]
BIG Lottery is awarding over £1m to the Plunkett Foundation for woodland social enterprises . Fifty communities across the UK will receive support to transform unmanaged woodland into opportunities for jobs, leisure, education and services and to improve the health and wellbeing of local people. Find out more here. [Source: Big Lottery]
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.
Locality is launching a new feature on the MyCommunity blog. ‘Community of the Week’ will highlight a community that’s doing inspirational, innovative and awe inspiring stuff in their local neighbourhoods.