Test Town helps young people to try out their business ideas for real, in empty shops in towns and cities across the UK. This year’s grand final took place in Glasgow’s Saltmarket district, as Kirsty Tait reports
June 2016 - NewStart in Glasgow
Glasgow is a city built by its people for its people, and a diverse range of projects are creating social and economic change there. Here’s ten of the best:
Narrative seems key to building a consensus for action. Dominant economic narratives can be easy to tell; from Tesco-isation to political nostalgia for a past. But how do we tell, coherently, the story of an alternative grassroots-driven economy? We need simpler narratives.
Frank McAveety became leader of Glasgow council last year for the second time in his career. After almost 30 years in public life in the city, he talks to New Start about solving the ‘Glasgow effect’ and dealing with ‘referendumitis’.
Here’s a challenge for our local authorities (not that they don’t have enough on their plate already). The challenge is this: how will they cope with the rise of accidental entrepreneurs – and what does this phenomenon have to do with them anyway?
The era of ‘big’ has failed us. The answer is not a return to small-minded protectionism but to a more ‘mixed era’ in which we balance the big and the small, the global and the local, says Robin McAlpine
Bob Holman gave up an affluent lifestyle to live and work alongside the disadvantaged of British society. Since the 1980s he lived in Easterhouse in Glasgow, where he co-founded a neighbourhood charity, Fare. He died in June 2016.
We believe that lots of smalls can make a more resilient and healthy whole system – economically, socially, culturally. We can be part of, learn from and contribute to something way bigger that the old-school and outdated idea of the singular bottom line.
Glasgow has suffered from the symptoms of one-party rule now for generations. It doesn’t encourage brave imagination: now that is being challenged by the SNP, but nationalism doesn’t seem to encourage the unconventional either. Yet, still, Glasgow has spirit and imagination and I believe the city will make its own break for freedom.
The Alliance for Action model is a practical response to the research findings, which identified a need for a more coordinated approach towards connecting assets and investments across a wide range of local and national partners.