Hyper local

The wonderful Will Perrin sent me this update on the movement for local communities online – his ‘canter through the hyper-local’ took in;

http://www.kingscrossenvironment.com/
http://parwich.org/
http://pitsnpots.co.uk/
http://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/
http://www.wv11.co.uk/
http://thelichfieldblog.co.uk/
http://www.tamworthblog.co.uk/
http://cricklade.wordpress.com/
http://w14london.ning.com/
http://www.kingtonblackboard.org/?p=2016#comment-7267
http://deepings.wordpress.com/
http://littlemanea.wordpress.com/
http://womenwhoshapedpboro.wordpress.com/
http://ddoings.wordpress.com/
http://letstalkb8.ning.com/forum/topics/is-the-uk-a-3rd-world-country
http://pccompclub.wordpress.com/
http://longmyndtractors.wordpress.com/photo-gallery/

map of sites http://openlylocal.com/hyperlocal_sites
research
http://networkedneighbourhoods.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Onlin…

Simply trust

I have been in Hampshire, visiting Simply Health. Des Benjamin walked me through their work and model for health insurance.

As with co-operatives more widely, they can reduce some costs because the relationship with customers is a mutual one of trust. For example not insisting on paperwork for every part of a claim and working online, they don’t have to police what their members put in. We are not in conflict with our customers, Des says, which is a rare and precious commodity in the world of insurance.

Young spice

There’s a great resource coming out from the worker co-operative, Dynamix, on engaging children under the age of eleven in decision making.

Commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government, it is called Participation – Young Spice, and contains exercises and activities, tools and skills training, all geared toward supporting adults who contribute to child development, such as teachers, social workers and nurses.

Brilliant bankers

The UK’s Co-operative Bank has been named not too long ago the world’s most sustainable bank by the FT and now The Banker magazine has awarded a “Bank of the Year” prize to Desjardins, Canada’s leading co-operative bank.

Some banks you just have to love.

Good cut

For the first time, I have cut a ribbon to launch something. This was a new shop for the credit union serving Runcorn and Widnes.

The local MP (Conservative) was there and said he’d been doing too many cuts himself…

Congratulations to all involved in a fabulous community credit union.

Panorama

I’m on panorama tonight as part of their investigation on the sexualisation of childhood. This draws on my work with Agnes Nairn, published in Consumer Kids.

Books to read

Here are five new year suggestions for co-operative books
to read in 2011. Feel free to add more!

  1. Humanising
    the economy: co-operatives in the age of capital
    – John
    Restakis
  2. Eminent
    Corporations: the rise and fall of the great British
    brands
    – David Boyle and Andrew Simms
  3. Hot
    Spots: why some teams, workplaces, and organisations buzz with
    energy – and others don’t
    – Lynda Gratton
  4. Selected:
    why some people lead, others follow, and why it matters

    Mark Van Vugt and Anana Ahuja
  5. The
    Poor Had No Lawyers: who owns Scotland and how they got it
    – Andy Wightman