A Question of SCALE: “Imagining a cooperative, community-led approach to regional resilience” (SCALE being the acronym for Supply Chains and Local Economies).

This paper is published by the Green European Foundation, with the support of Green Foundation Ireland and Cultivate and is part of GEF’s Climate Emergency Economy transnational project which includes Green House Think Tank, UK and GroenLinks, Netherlands. The project is made possible with the financial support of the European Parliament to Green European Foundation. The European Parliament in not responsible for the content of this publication.

‘A Question of SCALE’ is a conversation in the context of global vulnerabilities and challenges – climate, pandemic, risks to supply chain, jobs, etc – that will…

  • identify ‘Blockers & Enablers’ to a cooperative, community-led approach to regional resilience;
  • secure local supply chains and strengthen regional economies; outline the benefits of regional economies (especially, but not limited to, the agri-food sector);
  • encourage cooperative effort in local production for local need;
  •  identify the potential for livelihoods in our regions (with a focus on the midlands).

The process for this project was bringing together fresh ideas and new trends in shortening supply chains and strengthening local economies into a SCALE position paper. This was distributed to 50 researchers and cooperative advocates who were invited to a webinar organised to discuss these ideas held in September 2020. 10 illustrations as well as the findings from the webinar were then synthesised into this longer paper.

A Question of SCALE Podcast was recorded featuring some of the contributors to promote this ‘Question of Scale’ paper. This is available here – Green European Foundation – YouTube


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    2020, December 15
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    Studies and Research,Policy papers & briefings

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