The ‘Preston Model’: Frances Northrop of the New Economics Foundation

Frances Northrop of NEF discusses the Preston Model with Dave Darby

This is part of a series of interviews with people who are building the new economy, and today I’m talking with Frances Northrop of the New Economics Foundation, who is working on what I think is called ‘new municipalism’. It’s big in Preston – so much so that it’s known as ‘the Preston Model’.

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Community-led housing – what’s different about mutual home ownership societies (MHOS): interview with Paul Chatterton of LILAC

Today we’re talking with Paul Chatterton, of LILAC community in Leeds. I often wonder how to start to talk with people I don’t know – where to pitch the conversation. But I watched a speech of yours on a Youtube video – everyday action, or something like that (nb: it’s here), and I loved it. […]

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A ‘Transcender Manifesto’ for a world beyond capitalism

If this makes sense to you, you may well be working along these lines already – I hope it is encouraging. If it inspires you, then seek out others who feel the same, and rewrite it together. Make it yours. Make it specific. Publish it. Act on it. Forge relations with other groups. Federate and […]

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How do we grow the ‘co-operative commonwealth’? Interview with Pat Conaty

This is the second part of an interview with Pat Conaty, senior research fellow at NEF and Co-operatives UK and author of the Resilience Imperative, with Michael Lewis. We’re talking about building a co-operative commonwealth. Part 1 is here.

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The barriers to growing the co-operative economy: Graham Mitchell of CoTech, part 2

Graham Mitchell: co-operativising the tech sector one step at a time

This is part 2 of our interview with Graham Mitchell, who works in the co-operative tech sector. Here we’re talking about how we might grow the co-operative, non-extractive sector, and what barriers we might face. Part 1 is here.

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How the viable system model (VSM) can help build a new economy: Trevor Hilder of Web of Wealth

Today I’m talking with Trevor Hilder of WebofWealth.org, who is a specialist in Stafford Beer’s viable system model (VSM). What I’m really interested in is how we can use the VSM to build a non-extractive, co-operative federation – a federation that’s comprised of a large number of small units, not giant corporations, and not giant […]

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How the EU is causing problems for the ‘Preston Model’ of local, non-corporate procurement

I’ve often suggested that Western states are beginning to resemble an admin department for the corporate sector. They take corporate campaign donations, accept their jobs, listen to their lobbyists, and then manipulate their economies to service the needs of multinational corporations and banks, which includes allowing them to avoid tax, awarding them contracts, changing or […]

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