David Boyle - Localism in the Thames Gateway

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  • 1. Understanding localism and
    the supplicant state
    Broadening the debate
    David Boyle, new economics foundation
    9 December 2010
  • 2. Why only two cheers for Localism Bill?
    • Whitehall is still centralist. Our political language is centralist.
    • 3. Local decisions are not enough.
  • Localism?
    “Department for Transport is reviewing the policy on traffic signs and will issue new advice on how to cut down on the clutter later this year.” BBC 26 August 2010
  • 4. Missing aspects of localism
    • How to give back power and initiative to public service staff.
    • 5. How to make public services more human scale.
    • 6. How to hand more responsibility to service users for delivering broader services, to make real change possible.
    • 7. How to localise economic power as well as political power.
  • Supplicants to Tesco
    “Developers are like urban Domestos. They destroy 99% of all known distinctiveness.” Hugh Pearman, Sunday Times
  • 8. No localism without…
    • Tackling the semi-monopolies.
    • 9. Local business decisions.
    • 10. Local credit.
  • Number of banks per million people
    170 (UK)
    520 (Germany)
    960 (France)
  • 11. Outcomes chart
  • 12. Proposition 1
    It isn’t how much money you have going into an area that counts, it’s how you use it.
  • 13. Flow
  • 14. Money flows in
  • 15. Money flows out again
    Knowlsey study (2001): only 8% stays put
    Cornwall study (2001):
    £1 in supermarket = £1.40
    £1 in veggie box = £2.50
  • 16. Prince Charles circulating money
  • 17. Dependence and independence
  • 18. The circulation of blood
  • 19. Proposition 2
    Not all economic resources are monetary.
  • 20. BizFizz
  • 21. BizFizz network map
  • 22. Marsh Farm
  • 23. Keeping the money flowing
  • 24. Plugging the leaks
  • 25. Proposition 3
    Innovative local institutions matter.
  • 26. Evergreen co-operatives
  • 27. Cleveland
  • 28. Mondragon
  • 29. Evergreen again
  • 30. Evergreen principles
    • The new co-operatives that employ local people.
    • 31. Redirecting the spending power of the local hospital to launch them and underpin them.
  • Avoiding supplicant status
    “Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.” George Bernard Shaw
  • 32. … local pride
  • 33. Find out more…
    New Economics Foundation www.neweconomics.org
    Plugging the leaks www.pluggingtheleaks.org.uk
    Local money flows www.lm3.org.uk
    BizFizzwww.bizfizz.org.uk
    Evergreen www.evergreencoop.com
    Louisville business alliancewww.keeplouisvilleweird.com