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Maintaining bridges; keeping cities connected beyond the UK

I’ve long held that peer-to-peer learning can be more powerful than formal training and with deepening devolution, the Good City Economy UK road trip is a great idea. The next logical step is international ‘study’, given that cities collaborate with greater...

Empowering communities to prosper

Last week, the New Weather Institute – a co-operative think tank – launched its book ‘People Powered Prosperity’. It sets out a narrative for very local economics, based on local financial and enterprise institutions. It is an important intervention that kickstarts a...

Why it’s vital to keep funding small community groups

The coalition government has slashed funding for small community groups, which all too often are seen as the “nice to have” part of our society. They are praised and thanked, but their true social and economic contribution is overlooked. Yet they are the glue holding...

Celebrating living wage week 2014

I’m delighted to say that this week CDF is joining the Living Wage Foundation and hundreds of other Living Wage employers in celebrating Living Wage Week 2014. From 2 – 8 November employers and employees alike are sharing their experiences of paying and being paid the...