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Designing sharing

Brief evening stopover at nef, for the launch of their latest report ‘Design for Sharing’ which looks at the rise of the sharing economy. Given I’m frequently driven to the conclusion that the biggest issue we face is how to resource social … Continue reading

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Might cities fail?

One of the recurrent themes of this blog is that cities now offer better prospects for dealing with the social and economic problems that we face. This is becoming dangerously close to a consensus view on right and left -witness the … Continue reading

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Cities and cyber currency

A Camden church has started accepting Bitcoin donations. St Martin’s in Gospel Oak says it wants to keep up with the times and has warned that the current financial system is not all that reliable.  I’ve just checked where else … Continue reading

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Carving up the State’s role – who gets what?

A shift in power to cities is the legacy of the depression. And it’s already starting to happen in the US. Why? 90% of educated workers, advanced industry jobs and patent creation are located in cities. And cities are ‘in … Continue reading

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The capable city

According to Dr Benjamin Barber – founder of the interdependence movement –  “nation states have never seemed as incapable of getting things done as they do now.” In a recent article in the RSA house magazine Barber argued that, historically, … Continue reading

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A question from Tallinn

Will the de-growth argument come back any time soon? An idea whose time seemed to have arrived five or so years ago now rarely dare raise its head. And yet with UK GDP this year now expected to be just … Continue reading

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The squeezed State

Whilst central government fails to solve the crisis – see last two blogs – managing it is leading to increasingly tough decisions for local authorities. The leader of Newcastle city council has been hammered for pointing out the inevitable – … Continue reading

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A tale of two economies

As economists in the UK ponder why anaemic recovery is accompanied by rising private sector employment, in the US better growth is coming through the standard route of improved productivity. The FT reports that businesses funded by the American Export … Continue reading

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Localism v the State

All previous blogs have been leading up to this question – can the State, in its current form – the nation state –   cope with this crisis? I think there are at least three reasons to think that it might … Continue reading

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