Café conversation: Wednesday 17th May 6.30-8pm – If you haven’t already, book Now
Lounge at Manchester Methodist Hall
Central Buildings, Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JQ
Do you wonder what kind of an economy we need to ensure community businesses can flourish and thrive? Are you involved in or interested in community business? What makes a community business successful? And able to keep going? Do you want to be part of a conversation about how can community business contribute to a more resilient, local, stable and ‘viable economy’ delivering what we all need: frugal abundance/true prosperity?
If any of these or other questions about community businesses and a viable economy are important to you, this conversation is for you.
There are many types of community business including shops, farms, pubs or call centres. They are businesses which are accountable to their community and the profits they generate deliver positive local impact.
Steady State Manchester believes an alternative approach to economic development in the city and region is essential so that all can live well and within planetary limits. We call this viable economics. Among other things viable economics involves:
- Re-localising food and other production, providing decent green jobs and more income equality.
- Localising money and using wealth for needed developments, for example energy efficient, affordable housing and investment in other local, green and ethical enterprises
- Less exploitation of the majority world and open channels for communication and learning globally
This conversation will consider the degree to which community businesses need a viable economy and a viable economy will need community businesses. Come with your questions to discuss:
- How a community business approach to local economies in GM, can enable a more viable economy?
- What are the issues?
- How might we get there?
- How might community businesses be part of a retrofit Manchester Garden City