New workshop form – the Local Economy Rocket – launches

We are pleased to announce a new  workshop form called “The Local Economy Rocket: stages from conversation to transition enterprise”.  Inspired by the Reconomy project in UK and the work of Hela Sverige Skall Leva and Swedish JAK Bank, this workshop presents the experiences and tools from local economic development from around Sweden and the rest of the world. Participants will become familiar with the stages to economic development and tools so they can start to apply them in their local economy. Continue reading “New workshop form – the Local Economy Rocket – launches”

ITK complementary currency demonstrated in Swedish local economy days

Stephen Hinton will be demonstrating how a complementary currency can drive local economic development in a series of Seminars as part of the “local Economy days” in various parts of Sweden. Continue reading “ITK complementary currency demonstrated in Swedish local economy days”

Reading the trends: business is going social

Where is business going?  At least we can say reviewing the recent editions of Signals of Change Newsletter it seems that a new leadership is emerging. From the Copenhagen-based Water and Food Award’s simple observation that people need food security for the world to have peace and prosperity, to Michael Porter’s declaration that business and society have common shared values. To experts like Johan Rockström’s simple observation that nature is sending a bill, to a myriad of corporations redefining the core of their missions. Continue reading “Reading the trends: business is going social”

Linking CSR and food security: webinar with Swedish Safety organisation

Stephen Hinton, representing the Water and Food Award joins  ISSS for the first in their P.R.N. Webinar series.

DATE: 27th February      TIME: 14:00 CET (50 minutes)

SUBJECT: CSR from a food security and risk and continuity perpective

FROM THE PROGRAM: What is food insecurity doing to us? How businesses view these trends? Micheal Porter’s perspective. Water and Food applicants’ solutions. Perspective on Risk management.

REGISTRATION: is online and free, follow this link

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Circular economy in diagrams: where logic breaks down and where financial incentives can work

Are your circle economy diagrams confusing your audience? This article aims to help you communicate clearly. As a staunch aficionado of reaching a resilient economy through sustainability I am all for circle economy thinking- if it ensures people get food on the table and a roof over their heads. Unclear delivery will not help our cause. We talk of circle economy from two angles: economy as a form of housekeeping and economy in terms of monetary flows. These are not always the same thing. The final section suggests a solution.


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Transition in the World Conference connects villages around the world

On Sunday the 20th October, the eco-village Gröna Dalen in Ransbysätter, Värmland Country, Sweden, hosted a Transition in the World Conference as part of The Green Planet Festival. Held simultaneously on an Internet video conferencing platform  and at the village centre, villagers were connected to liked-minded projects around the world.

Beamed onto the large screen, villages could see themselves on video camera, their guest speakers and speakers in America, other parts of Sweden as well as hear presenters from Romania talking from the Scottish town of Fores.

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Externalisation – harmful emissions from commercial and civil activities – represents a negative side of the way business is carried out today.  Economic growth on one side brings profits to business owners while externalisation on the other flips the costs of emissions over onto citizens, who via taxes must bear the cost of environmental clean-up. The challenge for economists and scientists is to come up with ways of managing pollution-producing substances in a way that both supports economic activities and preserves the environment.

This workshop  covers the reasoning behind the mechanism  from scientific, economic and practical angles and then presents the mechanism itself in enough detail for delegates to be able to explore possibilities for introduction of the mechanism in their own work