The Moment We’re In

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Friday, 16th July 2021 10a.m. – 11 a.m.

To mark the final day in Neil McInroy’s 20 years of service as the Chief Executive of CLES, he will be joined by our newly arrived Chief Executive, Sarah Longlands, for a discussion chaired by journalist Rachel Shabi.

Their conversation will centre on the pivotal moment in which we find ourselves. As the UK emerges from the depths of the Covid-19 pandemic, and we begin to come to terms with it’s impact on the lives of people in communities that were already struggling, is this a new dawn for progressive local economics?

At CLES, the work we have done in establishing community wealth building in the UK emerged from our recognition, in the 00s, that traditional local economic development was failing. The subsequent application of the approach in dozens of localities is testament to its status as a powerful tool in the fight to develop fairer local economies.

Now, in 2021, we can add the climate crisis and the onset of Covid-19 to the list of calamities besetting local economies. But, while this is a moment where the stakes often feel impossibly high, it is also a moment of hope. Covid-19 has served as a reminder to us all of the importance of community and of our local places. Now could be the moment where we seize that energy to start to turn the dial on economic democracy and power.