Develop a strategyApril 27th, 2012 0 Comments
There are many different ways for communities to make the transition to a new local economy. The ‘best’ approach depends on the nature of the community, its context, the people involved, the resources available and so on. We will collect together all the different approaches that emerge and share them here, so you can learn from others and adapt them to suit your own situation.
Using the REconomy framework as the basis for your strategy
We have developed this 3-part framework (Leadership & vision, Transform organisations, Start Enterprises) as a useful set of tools and resources that can help you build your own new local economy. However, we think it’s worth spending some time on planning your approach, rather than – or as well as – jumping straight into action. You might want to consider questions such as…
* What exactly it is you want to achieve? What kind of new economy do you want to build and why? (Create a vision can help)
* How could you go about achieving this, what are the options?
* What people, resources and support are available, and will this be enough? If not, how will you get more?
* What timescales are you going to work with?
* How does this work relate to other activity in your Transition Initiative in the or wider community?
* What other organisations do you need to connect with?
* How are you going to measure your progress, and ensure there is time for reflection and learning?
Strategies that might be of help
We do not yet have a very comprehensive list of things to share here! Most communities are just starting on this journey to a new local economy, and are still developing their strategies and action plans. Depending on their aims and capacity, these might be focused on getting people to support local businesses more, growing the local food economy, raising awareness with existing businesses, campaigning against supermarkets coming to town, building connections to other local organisations and so on. Some communities might choose to tackle many of these things together.
Please share yours with us if you think it might be of use to other places – for now here is what we have…
ECONOMIC EVALUATION – the REconomy Project is working with 3 Transition communities to pilot a strategy is that based around an economic evaluation. This aims to estimate the potential value of key parts of each new local economy, for example, food, retrofitting homes and renewable energy, and build a partnership of local organisations who together make a plan, then deliver this potential.
GETTING YOUR COMMUNITY ON BOARD – how can you get your local residents and businesses to support your new local economy?
[More strategies to be added here as they become available.]
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