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.
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?
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: