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The Community Right to Own

The network of community development trusts that represent rural and urban communities across the islands of Britain and Ireland have a shared interest in community ownership; that is, the acquisition of land or buildings that support a collective purpose – usually delivery of public services. 

Economics for Ordinary People Pt 2

by Mary McManus

In my work, in an inner-city advice centre, I felt I was constantly dealing with symptoms of much larger problems and I wanted to understand what these problems were.

Economics for Ordinary People

by Tony Weeks

Economic illiteracy is a widespread problem. It originates in the academic discipline of economics, a subject based on oversimplified assumptions about human behaviour. Through its practitioners, it informs public policies and judges their success (or failure) - but only in terms of what can be measured.  In many ways its vision is narrow. It has an (almost) unchallengeable self-confidence and offers no support for alternative thinking. 

A Common-Sense Economy Pt 2: Are We Community Wealth Builders?

Day 2 of our study visit, as part of DTNI’s Creating Resilient Local Economies project, and the delegation of staff and project participants attended the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) Community Wealth Building Summit in Liverpool.

by Tiziana O'Hara

A Common-Sense Economy: Exploring the Preston Model in Preston

As part of DTNI’s Creating Resilient Local Economies project we recently took a delegation on a two-day study visit to Preston to talk to council leader, Cllr Matthew Brown, and Deputy Chief Executive, Derek Whyte; and to Liverpool to attend the CLES Community Wealth-Building Summit.

The challenge of shifting control - CTRL shift review

by Lee Robb

It was great to get the opportunity to go to Stoke recently, a part of England that I hadn’t visited before, to attend CTRL shift – An Emergency Summit For Change.

Locality '18 - review

It is easy to be caught up in funding, governance or policy matters and forget about why community development organisations exist and how they function. A good Locality convention will help people re-connect with that spirit of community, and the predominant feeling among departing delegates is that they have been re-energised.

Community Development Presence Needed in Social Housing Sector

The Development Trust Associations for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (NI) continue to meet twice annually to discuss our common interests in community ownership, economic development and new public policy interventions in support of the work of community development organisations, as well as the challenges we face in our respective regions. At our recent "4 Nations" gathering in Glasgow, we were hosted by Govanhill Community Development Trust (GCDT) a subsidiary of Govanhill Housing Association.

A Community Right to Participate

In considering a Community Rights Act for Northern Ireland (CRACT NI) we need to be clear about the provisions that should be contained therein. If we state that communities should have a right to buy, own, challenge and participate, then what do we mean by this and why are these rights needed? 

This will require a wide-ranging and sustained community conversation on the concept of community rights, which must include:

Supporting Balanced, Inclusive and Sustainable Local Economies

‘The economic sphere is not distinct from the social, they are one and the same. We must therefore root our economy in social justice and be guided by the limits of the environment to create a country in which wealth is enjoyed by everyone, everywhere.’ What Needs to be Done-The Manifesto for Local Economies, Centre for Local Economic Strategies 2017


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