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Building a Local Peace Economy: We Have the Power

Because they view all business in a negative light, many activists don’t seem to think it matters where they spend their money.

Telling the Story of the Bristol Pound

Prosperity Parade, funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, includes eight tales about the new entrepreneurial spirit, where people are finding ways of kickstarting their local economic engines, often in very poor areas, and by doing so increasing their independence from central and local government.

How to Grow a Local Job-Rich Economy

At a time when huge debates are raging over all the subsidies required by the 1 per cent of the business elite, Michael Shuman is working to shift public attention to the other, ultimately more positive, side of the picture...

How Amazon Debases our Language, and How we can Take it Back

As regular readers here will be aware, when left to determine their own futures, local town economies, neighbourhood economies in urban areas, can be 'fulfilment centres' in the good meaning of the word, meeting their needs in the round, while doing so with virtually no public funding, and …

The Local Economy Solution

So, cities and states should stop trying to lure huge corporations from one jurisdiction to another and should instead invest in the local businesses that are likely to stay, create jobs, and support the local economy.

Scaling up Transition in Peterborough

Like many Transition, and other changemaking initiatives around the world, Transition Town Peterborough (TTP) has been giving some serious thought to how it might scale up its impacts.

The Benefits of Localism

A “pollinator” is a social enterprise with an explicit mission to support other local businesses—and it does so in a way that is self-financing.

The Inspiring Tale of the Re-imagining of Preston's Economy

We are often asked "what would a Transition local government look like?" It's a complex question, but one Council taking a pioneering approach to its local economy is Preston in Lancashire.

These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bike Shops and Brewers

While the investment cooperatives that have formed in northeast Minneapolis and in Sangudo have relied primarily on the resources of the communities starting them, both initiatives have also benefited from favorable state and provincial policies.

The Trouble with Modernization: Lessons for Endangered Markets Everywhere

Despite their many benefits, public markets, particularly in the context of developing countries, can be endangered by many forces – and often by a combination of forces.

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