Bristol is famous for doing things differently and its local currency, strong sense of ethics and powerful community action set it apart from the UK’s other core cities. But is its image as an ‘alternative’ economy exacerbating the city’s inequality?
George Ferguson is Bristol’s first independent mayor and is proud of doing things differently. He talks to New Start about good local economic development, getting the city cycling, and turning Bristol into an urban laboratory.
More community action take place in Bristol than perhaps anywhere in the UK. Bristolians speak of a sense of agency that allows them to make things happen. From night walks led by teenagers to a community zone on a 1970s roundabout, here’s ten of the city’s best ideas for change:
The Bristol Pound is rooting itself in the city and helping turn Bristol into a local economic incubator, reports Clare Goff
Bristol Council is leading the way in terms of municipal involvement in energy supply. It owns wind turbines and solar farms and is poised to set up its own energy company, as it celebrates being European Green Capital 2015
Bristol provides fertile ground for innovative social action from a range of groups. As such, it offers an opportunity to explore how ‘place’ can build better local economies. Kat Wall, who co-ordinates the NEON Bristol group, wrote the following report.