Publisher: Watkins Media
Number of pages: 180
Dimensions: 197 x 130 mm
Edition: New edition
"A very useful tool to describe how cities and towns can assess their current socio-economic paradigms and formulate new social transformation models based on economic democracy. Preston is leading today what Mondragon was starting decades ago."
"This book is everything we need right now - a how-to guide to municipal socialism that works, right now in the present day, compiled by one of the contemporary left's best writers and one of its best councillors. Informative, clear, passionate and thoughtful, it should be mandatory reading for all socialists."
"Of all the political experiments tried in the UK over the past decade of painful austerity and polarisation, the city of Preston ranks easily among the most daring and intriguing. This is an honest story of how it began, and the lessons it can teach the rest of us."
"Paint Your Town Red is a timely reminder that despite years of austerity and neoliberalism there are now genuine economic alternatives emerging in many towns, cities and regions across the UK.
"At a time of compounding economic, social and environmental challenges, Paint Your Town Red offers a powerful and detailed roadmap for how local public authorities, institutions and citizens can leave deprivation behind and rebuild their communities."
"Preston's Matthew Brown has co-authored Paint Your Town Red with writer and historian Rhian E Jones, explaining how the Preston model works and providing a toolkit for towns that want to reproduce its successes."
"The 'Preston model', as it is called, could, if applied all over the country, be revolutionary."
"This well-conceived pamphlet offers an alternative solution to localised decline: 'community wealth-building', which couples local regeneration with local empowerment by developing 'small and socially conscious enterprises, including worker-owned businesses, community land trusts and community banks'."
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