Living Well: Practical Solidarity and Steady State

This Economics Report is shared by Judith Emanuel from Steady State Manchester and was written in November 2012.  In June 2012 members of what became Steady State Manchester were involved in discussions with Manchester City Council about the idea of a Steady State Economy.

While these discussions were open and amicable, we decided that more work was needed to articulate the arguments for Steady State in ways that were appropriate and practical for Manchester. We also wanted to broaden the discussion to include other stake-holders from business (both private and co-operatively run), civil society and academia. Read more…

Economics: Special Exam by Donald Rutherford

In an attempt to make a holistic project model, I have been talking with as many economic minds as possible – alongside educationalists, sociologists and artists; as well as people from different communities.  The plan is to try and underpin local economic regeneration so that there are tangible benefits which come of the activities.  Hence starting the odyssey of learning economics so this is approached in a level headed and pragmatic way.  There is too much speculation in this area, so surprise surprise, I turn to the answer found through education… Read more…

Understanding How to Support a Local Economy

Originally put together in 2012 in a process of attempting to understand how local economies could be supported so peoples lives become collectively better, since then it seems that the written notes below feel primitive and shortsighted after learning more about how the UK economy has been hemorrhaging money to corporate companies and individuals who are based in tax havens, or more accurately known as secrecy jurisdictions.  Hence before the original notes published in 2012 there is the addendum. Read more…

Business and Community

We live in interesting times. When attending a conference on how businesses can become involved in their communities, I was impressed at the interest that the business community has in ‘putting something back in’.
So many questions are being asked as the economy goes through all of it’s changes and adjustments. For many it is a time when belts are tightened and prospects seem uncertain. We are being asked these questions by our circumstances and being pressed to come up with solutions. Read more…