The murmurations of a collaborative, sustainable economy

In 2010, when Transition Towns started growing into the hundreds in the UK, with another 250 worldwide, it felt like something was really happening. Like ‘the people’ might me about to start taking control of their town’s futures.

When the Occupy movement camped up on the steps of St Pauls with that huge “CAPITALISM IS CRISIS” banner in 2011, it felt like protest had reached new levels, like ‘the people’ might actually be about to place some demands on the celebrated 1%.

And when NEF launched NEON (the New Economy Organisers Network) back in 2013, it felt like things might actually get real. Like ‘the academics’ might start writing the new rules, or a radically different economy.

But it never happened. And I consistently wonder; why not?

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