Further Contacts, Resources and Reading on Communlty Wealth-Building And Related Issues
Further Contacts, Resources and Reading on Communlty Wealth-Building And Related Issues
CLES – The Power of Procurement II, showcasing ten years of work with Manchester City Council on public procurement.
CLES – How we built Community Wealth in Preston, showcasing the journey with Preston’s anchor institutions since 2011.
The Democracy Collaborative on the Cleveland Model shows how anchor institutions like hospitals and universities can help worker cooperatives create green jobs in the neighbourhoods that need them most.
Health Foundation report on the NHS as an anchor institution featuring the work by CLES and Democracy Collaborative.
Community-Led Support / Advice / Networking
Founded in Bristol in 2014, ACORN is a mass-membership organisation and network of low-incomepeople organising for a fairer deal for communities. Whatbegan with a few local residents trying to tackle slumhousing in their neighbourhood has quickly developedinto a national rganisation with thousands of members and branches across the country, taking on big banks, rogue landlords and multinational companies.
Locality is a nationwide network of social enterprises, development trusts and social action centres. They help people to set up locally owned and led organisations and share best practice on community asset ownership, community enterprise, community rights and regeneration. They provide a great set of resources and support on everything related to asset-ownership and community enterprise.
Social Enterprise UK is the national body for socialenterprise – business with a social or environmental mission.
Stir to Action, an activist organisation based in Bridport in Dorset, publishes a quarterly “magazine for the new economy” and organises advice sessions based on democratic ownership including Worker Co-ops: How to Get Started, and Community Ownership: Whai If We Ran It Ourselves?
myCommunity – advice, resources and discussion for the community sector. Includes step-by-step guides and information on grants and funding
National Community Land Trust Network – campaigns to make Community Land Trusts a key part of solving housing problems across England and Wales, including support and advice for community-led housing sector infrastructure.
Pub is the Hub – acts as a catalyst to encourage rural licensees and communities to work together in support of their local needs, including community ownership of local assets.
Guide to the Localism Act and the powers it gives to local councils and community groups over assets, housing and planning.
Case study of the community asset transfer of Hebden Bridge Town Hall.
A local report on Hackney’s new publicly owned Energy Company.
Development Trust Association Scotland offers a Community Ownership Support Service.
Building Communities Trust: a Map of Community Assets in Wales owned or run by communities.
Cooperatives / Employee Ownership
Co-operatives UK is the national trade body that campaigns for cooperation and works to promote, develop and unite cooperative enterprises. Their website offers a discussion forum and resources for cooperative enterprises.
Case study of Granby Four Streets as a housing commons alongside other similar experiments in Liverpool (open access).
Co-operatives UK/Employee Ownership Association – 1 Million Owners Campaign.
Wales Co-operative Centre offers research and policy papers to make the case for cooperatives and cooperation, guides to the social business.and cooperative sector, and interactive toolkits to guide you through a variety of scenarios from setting up a cooperative, to running a community share offer.
Radical Routes is a UK-based secondary cooperative of housing co-ops, worker co-ops, and social centres committed to social change. The organisation supports new and established co-ops through loan finance, training workshops, practical support, and national gatherings.
(US) Fifty By Fifty initiative of The Democracy Collaborative aiming to catalyze a movement with the knowledge, resources, and skills to grow Employee Ownership in the U.S. from 10 million to 50 million by 2050.
Guides to planning, setting up and running a food cooperative:
Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming Food co-ops toolkit
Platform 6 Coop Crowdsourcing co-operative development
Students.coop How to Start a Food Co-op
NonCorporate.org provide info and resources to help people move away from the corporate sector to organisations and businesses you can trust.
Credit Unions / Community Banking
World Council of Credit Unions. http://woccu.org/
Co-operative Bank – ethicalbanking, loans to cooperatives. www.co-operativebank.co.uk
Info on credit unions, community banking and mutuals:
Find, join or start a credit union:
Emerging regional community banks:
Confederation of Cooperative Housing the UK organisation for housing cooperatives, tenant-controlled housing organisations and regional federations of housing co-ops. CCH offers resources and support to help housing co-ops develop. www.cch.coop
Greater Manchester Housing Action. http://www.gmhousingaction.com
Information on setting up and sustaining a housing co-op:
Guardian report on new council house building in London:
Renters’ unions and groups are located all over the country. Some groups organise local campaigns, while others can help if you have a problem with your home, and some do both. The campaign group Generation Rent has a database of local renters’ unions.
Rebuilding Capacity – The case for insourcing public contracts.
Guardian coverage of UK local government insourcing.
ShareAction – works towards a responsible investment system geared towards the long-term interests of savers, society, and the environment: https://shareaction.org
Article on community wealth benefits of local investment from Retirement Systems of Alabama. https://www.al.com/opinion/2019/06/numbers-show-significant-growth-of-retirement-systems-of-alabama-rsa-from-1973-and-2018.html
Unison Scotland paper on opportunities for public pension funds to finance social housing. https://www.unison-scotland.org/innovative-pensions-fund-plan-for-new-social-housing-in-scotland-2
Fearless Cities: a global municipalist network of neighbourhood movements, mayors and local councillors. http://fearlesscities.com/en
Commonspolis: an international platform aimed at strengthening and unifying municipalism.
Minim: a crowd-sourcedproject to connect and disseminate the work of people, governments and political platforms working on municipalism.
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/upIoads/attachment_d,ata/file/61,52/1.9932231.pdf – 2011,studyof participatory budgeting initiatives in the UK
https://pbnetwork.org.uk – advocates for learning andinnovation in participatory budgeting through sharing information and policy papers and occasional learning eventsl
Sustainable Land Use and Energy
The Community Energy Hub is designed to support anyone interested in taking control of energy in their locar area. It lists local energyprojects, resources and guides for developing your own, and forums for discussion and support. https://hub.communityenergyengland.org/projects/
The Green Valleys – provides support, guidance and advice for- community-led action on climate change, reducing carbon emissions and improving the local environment. http://ww.thegreenvalleys.org
Low Impact- information, links and advice on sustainable living. https://www.lowimpact.org
Social Farms & Gardens – advice, support, training and a free membership scheme to support communities to grow in sustainable ways, f,rom small fruit and veg plots on urban housing estates to large-scale rural farms. https://www.farmgarden.org.uk
Shared Assets advice, support and training on community land management, environmental governance and stewardship. https://sharedassets.org.uk
Energy4all – a leading expert in community-owned renewable energy schemes. Based in Cumbria, they work across the UK and offer consultation and support with the project scope, business planning and technical aspects of each scheme. www.energy4all.co.uk
The Foundational Economy
Foundational Economy – a collective of (mainly) European academic researchers working together to develop a new way of thinking which challenges mainstream economic policy by focusing on the foundational economy – including health, care, education, housing, utilities and food supply.
Useful research includes:
English NHS and public health report which highlights the impact of hyperinnovation and the
problem of the post administrative state:
What Wales Can Do: Asset-Based Policies and the Foundational Economy
Think (and Do) Tanks
Centre for Locai Economic Strategies (CLES) – CLES’s Community Wealth-building Centre of Excellence works to develop and accelerate the adoption of community wealth-building practice in the UK by connecting people in the movement and providing support through training and events and resource toolkits. wwv.cles.org.uk
Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) – a joint initiative between the University of Manchester and Open University which has produced a wide range of research and publications on areas including democratic participation and the foundational economy: https://www.cresc.ac.uk
CREW: Regeneration Wales promotes integrated regeneration throughout Wales by sharing experience, good practice and skilIs. Includes resources and case studies on urban and rural community-led regeneration. http://www.regenwales.org/
The Democracy Collaborative turns ideas of systemic design and community wealth-building into visions and models that demonstrate new principles of a democratic economy. Its resources include:
What then can I do? Ten Ways to Democratize the Economy,
Anchor Collaboratives: Building Bridges with Place-Based Partnerships and Institutions:
Educate and Empower: Tools for Building Community Wealth, https://community-wealth.org/educate-and-empower,
Community-wealth.org Toolbox: https://community-wealth.orglresourcetype/Toolbox
Elements of a Democratic Economy: https://thenextsystem.org/elements
Policies for Community Wealth-building: Leveraging State and Local Resources
New Economics Foundation (NEF): produces policy and research shaped by the lived experience of those at the sharp end of the economy and supports practical, on-the-ground projects that devolve power to communities and improve well-being and sustainability. Its work includes:
Developing a new vision for UK coastal towns: https://neweconomics.org/campaigns/blue-new-deal
An online platform mapping new economy projects around the UK: https://letschangetherules.org
Support for a Green New Deal: https://neweconomics.orglabout/our-missions/green-new-deal
The New Economy Organisers Network (Neon) – runs workshops to learn how “to build support for
a new economy”; for example, by telling effective “stories” about it in the mainstream media.
(US) New Economy Coalition: exists to support a just transition from an extractive to a regenerative economy by building the scale and power of the solidarity economy movement in Black, Indigenous, and working-class communities in every region of the United States. https://neweconomy.net
Transnational Institute: The Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable planet. Its Public Alternatives project works to build a strong countervailing force against privatisation and towards democratic, accountable, and effective public services. https://www.tni.org/en