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Hinterlands Theatre

Building Community Wealth in our Towns and Cities
Democracy Collaborative

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A new wave of municipal socialism is emerging in Britain. At its centre is the idea of community wealth building, which focuses on creating collaborative, sustainable and democratically controlled local economies, rooted in innovative institutional forms, such as cooperatives and community land trusts. Join this session to learn more about community wealth building, where it has been successful, where it needs encouragement, and what it means for building economic and political power from the bottom up.


Ted Howard
Think Tank Director // Democracy Collaborative

Co-founder and President of The Democracy Collaborative, previously serving as the Executive Director of the National Center for Economic Alternatives

Matthew Brown
Politician // Labour Party

Labour politician and leader of Preston City Council

Asima Shaikh

Labour Councillor for Finsbury Park and Cabinet Member for Economic Development

Neil McInroy

Chief Executive for the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES). A leading commentator on economic development and public policy, Neil has featured in Local Government Chronicle’s annual top 50 most influential people in local government. He has been involved in public sector policy and delivery for over 25 years and has collaborated with a broad range of local, regional and national governments and agencies across UK and in Europe, Asia, US and Australasia.