Join the Chamberlain Forum at Highbury Hall, for a new view of how resilience and wealth is made in neighbourhoods. Practical action that councils and community groups can take to build the city infrastructure of the future. Presentation and discussion of “Communities Managing Change” - Chamberlain Forum action research into: Localism Neighbourhood Planning Neighbourhood Hubs [...]
With one in two families in some neighbourhoods struggling to pay fuel bills, Birmingham & Solihull Together promises cheaper bills by clubbing together. The scheme is open to anyone who lives in Birmingham or Solihull and – if you have your most recent gas and electric bills handy – it’s easy to check how much [...]
More than 20 students from University of Birmingham’s Geography department have been working in community groups and public services in Birmingham and Sandwell for the past six weeks in a programme organised with the Chamberlain Forum. The University of Birmingham Community Research Placement Programme is an option for high-flying final year geography students. This year, [...]
Social enterprises and enterprising voluntary groups could play a vital role in delivering the government’s Green Deal policy to help householders invest in energy efficiency. Work led by Localise West Midlands, iSE and a number of neighbourhood groups in Birmingham and funded by Local Energy Assessment Fund shows how these groups could work as ‘neighbourhood gateways’ helping to seal the Green Deal with householders. Evaluation carried out by Chamberlain Forum suggests neighbourhood gateways have the potential to increase take-up of energy efficiency measures, create sustainable jobs in neighbourhoods and play an important part in reducing fuel poverty.
Yesterday’s elections saw Labour gain control of councils in towns and cities across the country including Dudley and Birmingham (detailed ward-by-ward analysis of the Birmingham vote follows>). In London, Boris Johnson is set to claim a second term as mayor; and Liverpool is waking up to its first democratically elected mayor. Voters in other big cities faced referenda on adopting elected mayors. Manchester, Coventry, Nottingham and Bradford all said ‘No’. The results of the mayor vote in Birmingham will be known later today. The ‘No’ campaign is, however, expected to win.
What makes a country, a city or a community wealthy? Behind the statistics about Gross Domestic Product and the balance of trade, rates of unemployment and inflation are… people. People who, for example, care for their loved ones. If you place an economic value on the care people provide – for free – in England, it dwarfs the budget for the NHS or the value added by Tesco and the big banks. Underlying the cash economy, then is a core economy. And its currency…. is time. But what infrastructure do we have for sharing use of time? Does the idea of ‘trading time’ help? Will communities, cities and countries with a developed time economy be wealthier, and healthier, than ones without?