Re-setting our economy through everyday innovation
We are living in an age of inequality, chaos and potential climate catastrophe. With school children striking across the world in protest at a dying planet, and global levels of inequality at their highest, politics needs to wake up. The problems with our economy are already a daily lived reality for millions. Across every part of the UK it is clear that the economy is not working for most people. Stagnant earnings, insecure jobs, young people on course to be poorer than their parents, home-ownership out of reach for too many, levels of wealth inequality that almost defy comprehension.
In the context of a climate crisis, we need to fundamentally re-set our economy. We are in dire need of new answers. We have to re-engineer the basic economic processes that shape how we live and work. We also need new ways of measuring our future economy beyond just GDP, new measures that put what really matters, our communities and our climate at their heart.
This is a complex problem and these answers will not be found just in Whitehall or by government alone. We all have a role to play in inventing our future economy and it is people who will help drive this change forward. Because innovation doesn't just come from above, from big multinational tech companies, it happens in communities and workplaces up and down Britain every single day. From the Rochdale Pioneers who built the Cooperative to the campaign for the Living Wage, the people behind the Labour movement have always been at the heart of everyday economic innovation. Labour must again unleash this powerful force.
So we’re calling on the everyday innovators to get in touch and tell us what you’re already doing in your workplace or in your community. How are you changing our economy?