Join Steady State Manchester for a vote at our AGM on 17th February!
If more interested people feel comfortable talking about viable economics, will more people and organisations, big and small, at least consider viable economic ideas when making decisions?
Is there a better way to get comfortable with ideas than to talk about them? With this in mind on 20th January we launched the first of our cafe conversations; cafe style to encourage people to share what matters to them; in groups of 4-5 because many people find it easier to speak in groups that size.
Twenty-three people turned up to talk about Possibilities and limits for having a local economy. A localised economy is one where as many goods and services are produced locally and as much money stays local as possible.
Five key points emerged from two rounds of wide ranging cafe conversations, hosted by supporters Erik Bichard, Karel Williams and Eve Holt.
A vision is needed which reflects our values
Localising the economy will need wide ranging support – so we need to encourage Engagement, Participation and OWNERSHIP via a hook (something which attracts people).
We need a greater understanding of what it means to shift from public to common control
Democracy is best practised at the scale of belonging and solidarity but…(Decisions on) Assets and resource need representative democracy on a regional scale
We need to hold local practical projects and experiences together with wider political theory, learning and strategy.
The cafe community had several suggestions of what should happen with the learning from the conversations.
· Steady State Manchester should link more with local projects
· The event should be written up and shared
· Compare what is going on in Manchester with other areas eg Liverpool and Belfast
· Use the learning as a basis for developing an alternative economy manifesto, charter or strategy for the region and contribute the ideas to the Peoples Plan for Manchester.
As well as writing up and sharing the event in this blog, Steady State Manchester will establish a small group to use the learning as a basis for developing an alternative economy manifesto, charter or strategy for the region and offer it as a contribution to the People’s Plan for Manchester and invite event participants to get involved in this.
Participants were enthusiastic about the event and gave excellent suggestions for improvement which will be taken on board. A second cafe conversation will take place on 17th February, where participants will help design A viable non-monetary exchange system for Greater Manchester , an exciting project being developed by a range of people and organisations in Manchester . Book now
Also of interest:
Conference on Public Banking – banking in the public interest
Sat Feb 20th 2016 Friends Meeting House, Manchester, M2 5NS – see our calendar page.