We struggled to pin down the link between the prospective City Deal the Cardiff region will soon be producing, and the outcomes we’d just collectively identified as top priorities for Cardiff’s local economy.
October 2015 - NewStart in Cardiff
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.
In the three days I spent in Wales researching New Start’s Cardiff edition I learned one world of Welsh.
That word was ‘hiraeth’, which translates into English as homesickness akin to grief, the longing for home or for a past that no longer exists.
It was taught to me by Welsh people who, having been told from an early age that there were no jobs or prospects for them in their home country, had left to seek their fortunes elsewhere. Most of them ended up living and working in London.
Wales’ relatively weak economic performance to date ought to suggest that something isn’t quite right with its approach to economic development. Yet it’s pretty much business as usual.
Resurrecting an old technology has enabled communities in Wales to chip away at a massive global problem – and provide an innovative means to regenerate otherwise isolated local communities.