It’s not often that the subject of a Transition Wilmslow lecture makes the national press, but our first Transition Lecture, given by Derek Whyte from Preston City Council last year, described the way Preston have been working with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES, based at Manchester University) to develop a local economy for social good. By bringing together local anchor organisations (NHS, Police, Fire Service, social services and business) the City Council is able to procure collectively on a very large scale, and aims to procure locally as much as possible to encourage local jobs and businesses. It was good to see this featured in the press this week (http://www.citymetric.com/politics/could-preston-provide-new-economic-model-britain-s-cities-3243). The economy is central to the Transition Town movement…the ReEconomy project is a series of locally based initiatives to develop sustainable communities which are more resilient and focussed on wellbeing and equality. You can read more about this at www.reconomy.org
This year’s Transition Wilmslow Lecture will be Professor Chris Baines on Wildlife Gardening and the Wider Green Landscape, Friday November 24th at the Guild. Booking link via our diary page.