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A Question of SCALE – Position Paper
Published by Green European Foundation

By Wed 20 Jan 2021February 10th, 2021Publications

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

This position 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 in the UK and GroenLinks in the 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 and Enablers’ to a co-operative, 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 co-operative effort in local production for local need;
  • identify the potential for livelihoods in our regions (with a focus on the midlands of Ireland).

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 co-operative 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 position paper.

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A Question of SCALE Podcast was recorded featuring some of the contributors to promote this ‘A Question of SCALE’ position paper. You can view the podcast on the Audio and Video section of our website here.