City of the future
'City of the Future' was an exciting public debate hosted by the Birmingham local group.
The group brought together a number of economics experts to discuss economic sustainability for the city. The event aimed to put forth positive green economic ideas ahead of the 2012 Budget. With over a hundred attendees, the event was a big success.
The debate brought new life to a subject that is often seen as dry or boring. It introduced bright ideas for different ways of creating an economy that would:
- Work better to create jobs.
- Protect the environment.
- Make for happier communities.
The speakers at the event were:
- David Powell, Economics campaigner at Friends of the Earth.
- Julie Slay, Senior Researcher at the New Economics Foundation.
- Oliver Bettis, speaker for the Centre for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy.
- Dr Helen Borland, Senior Lecturer in Business Sustainability at Aston Business School.
The discussion was chaired by Alun Thorne, editor of the Birmingham Post.
Debating the issues
The speakers each proposed ideas to go into a manifesto for a creating a better economy for Birmingham in the future.
The suggestions included better energy efficiency to eliminate fuel poverty and provide more jobs in the insulation industry. The experts also spoke about the need for better, cheaper public transport. Each proposal was cross examined by representatives from local organisations including debt charities and businesses.
We hope this has provided some ideas about what would really make Birmingham’s economy thrive for people from all different backgrounds – a future where people feel more connected and part of the city.
In anticipation of the 2012 Budget, this was an great time to get people thinking about our economy. Read our opinion on the Budget.