Tesco Spring Hill and the demise of local shops

Here’s a puzzle that I’d like answered: You take a boat out to really deep water. On the deck of the boat is a really really heavy anchor on a short chain. When you throw the anchor into the water, does the anchor keep going and drag the boat after it ? I ask because...

Poverty & climate change

Last Monday I was invited to speak at the Diana Stableworth Memorial Lecture by UN Association Birmingham. As a humanitarian aidworker by day and an environmentalist the rest of the time, I chose to combine the two: talking about poverty, climate change and the role...

LETS

The Local Exchange Trading Scheme (LETS) is a barter system. It has been going in Birmingham for at least ten years now. It is empowering and keeps value in the local community. It also enables us to create value at the point of exchange. It helps people to realise...