The ‘global’ vision for the Cardiff Capital region and the ‘local’ vision imagined by some of the region’s academics and social entrepreneurs are not mutually exclusive.
With a city deal proposal in the pipeline, can south Wales forge a vision of a community-centric local economy?
Phil Bale is leader of Cardiff Council and is currently guiding the city as it links with neighbouring boroughs to bid for a City Deal. He talks to New Start about super-regions, timebanking and building Cardiff’s social economy.
Wales has a deep tradition for community initiatives, from developing the early model for the NHS to today’s booming social enterprise industry. But can community participation be the driver of local economic change?
Rejecting the ‘managed decline’ approach to post-industrial areas, Dr Mark Lang and Professor David Adamson developed the Deep Place study as a route map to sustainable communities.
There are no shortages of social initiatives across south Wales, with locals giving their time and energy to help improve the places they live in, drawing on the country’s strong community traditions. Here are ten of the best: