FORGET POLITICIANS. CHANGE TO COMMUNITY-LED SOLUTIONS
UK politicians of all parties are unlikely to change their current
policies which will soon bring total economic, environmental and
social collapse. Multinational corporate interests can demand ever
more growth and less regulation, because they totally dominate
politics and the media. For instance, it is well documented how
politicians of all parties continued to tell the same lies about the
privatisation of the NHS over a period of 25 years, despite changes of
But each community contains all the talent needed for change, with
countless individuals in the corporate and government sectors who are
professionally involved in things they are completely against. At
the same time there are many voluntary and community groups that need
help, including parish and community councils. The 1992 UN Rio
Conference recognised that sustainable solutions had to be chosen
locally through Local Agenda 21. This is still equally true today if
we just exclude the politicians.
Here are some ideas for local change by communities:
1. The Cuts
Problem: We want to stop cuts to essential services.
Possible solution: We set up local community trusts and local time
currencies, circulating in the local economy in parallel to existing
money. Accredited local groups in the community will be able to pay
for work that needs doing, creating liquidity and jobs, like in the
1930s recession. As jobs are cut by the state, they are re-created
by community groups, which are accredited by the Trust. Existing
community groups can grow to replace state jobs in health, education &
training, law, money, food, young people, environment, faith, money,
carers, policing, research, public arts etc.
Question: Any comments about this proposed Time Currency of ‘Anchors’:
· Local people can earn one Anchor per hour from any local group
that is accredited to spend them into existence
· Anchors can be spent as part payment for goods in shops
· Anchors depreciate over 2 years, so get spent or invested
2. Price incentives for ethical buying in the shops
Problem: We want products to be sustainable: long-lasting, repairable,
sourced as locally as possible, using fair labour, without animal
cruelty and without creating toxicity, pollution and waste.
Possible solution: A local Anchors time currency will tend to favour
local businesses, with both environmental and social benefits.
Question: Are there best practice examples of small businesses
forming successful networks?
3. Stopping unsustainable development
Problem: The planning boards and planning officers of our local
councils are going along with the redevelopment of Greenwich Market as
a hotel, the building of 30,000 high-rise flats on river wharves, and
infill developments on green spaces.
Possible solution: Under the Localism Act community organisations are
able to nominate markets and river wharves and green spaces as assets
of community value.
Question: Are there good examples of communities put a permanent stop
to developers’ unsustainable proposals?
Comments & suggestions welcome.
Very best wishes ….Edward