Viable Economy on a Regional Scale
Mark Burton & Carolyn KaganMeadows Reception Room
Steady State Manchester set out 7 years ago to explore and promote possibilities and approaches to switching the Greater Manchester economy from one based on endless material growth to one that stayed within safe ecological limits while meeting the needs of the population. We came to call this The Viable Economy, although our concerns are not merely economic. With its focus on the regional level, our work occupies a space between the practical projects typical of permaculture and transition towns and the more abstract policy and research-orientated approach of those working on alternative economics and social policy. Our work embraces action, discussion, research and publishing, often in collaboration with other groups and organisations.
In this session we will outline our approach as well as its achievements and the difficulties and challenges. We anticipate this will be relevant to those trying to scale up practical work or to focus policy proposals on concrete political and institutional contexts. We are also keen to learn from participants, both from their own experience in related projects and from their reactions to what we present.
The session will consist of a short talk followed by facilitated discussion.