Guess what? We haven’t got the answer. But here’s what SevenStreets suggests: Liverpool does the same. Sets up a parliament of the people, for the people. No one can hold a light to our creativity, so why is no-one talking to us? We might never be an economic powerhouse again. But is that so bad?
April 2016 - NewStart in Liverpool
One of a pair of blog posts about things I was involved in on Friday 8th April 2016. One beautiful day in North Liverpool.
Out to the north docks early morning Friday, to the event I’ve been organising the past couple of weeks with the help of all my Beautiful Ideas friends who I’ve been telling you about for a while now.
A band of artists, creatives, engagers and entrepreneurs are building a new Liverpool. But can it work with the mainstream economic structures or should it opt out?
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has steered the city through deep austerity cuts and helped re-build its confidence and investment. He talks to New Start about investing to save, changing the course of the city and why growth alone is not enough.
Liverpool’s history is full of ‘firsts’ when it comes to ideas for creating social and economic change, and building community is in the city’s DNA. Here’s ten of its best organisations that are doing things differently:
Can ultra-local approaches to creating employment work? In Liverpool’s Clubmoor, residents are working together to build new enterprises and help keep money local, as Suzanne Quinney and Lianne McGinnes explain
There is no doubt that the Liverpool City Region has made great progress over the last two decades. Living here you feel like you are a player in a moment in time, a resident of an area that has fought to bury the demons of the past and that is looking forward and growing into a bright future.
So how can Liverpool harness the talent and skills of the creative minds that are bringing about change on a micro scale in communities throughout the city region and beyond? There are plenty examples of other cities doing this:
There is no other city in the UK which has the experience that Liverpool has, now over two generations, of making things happen in housing. No other city has provide such a richness of innovations, and now Granby Four Streets benefits from being a community land trust, which was not an innovation that was available to Weller or Eldon Streets.
After years of decline and indecision, north Liverpool is back in the spotlight, with the Beautiful Ideas Company rebuilding its local economy and entrepreneurial heritage, says Erika Rushton