KSEN is a network of individuals and organisations, concerned with and co-operating to develop and promote ideas for positive transition towards a relocalised economy that works in the best interests of the people and the environment in and around Kirklees. Our focus is on creating an economy that protects and regnerates the environment, that builds wealth locally through positive collaborative action by our communities and anchor institutions, that provides opportunities for co-operative enterprise, building economic democracy for people across Kirklees and the wider region.
- A think-and-do tank working to grow the solidarity economy.
A Mutual Credit Network for West Yorkshire
The COVID-19 crisis has seen the shut-down of large parts of our economy. Government measures to help businesses through these challenging times are verly likely not to be enough for many to survive? Businesses that are able to continue to operate safely are very likely to see major cashflow issues pretty quickly as orders fall away, and some may struggle with suppliers who have no option but to shut down their operations. We are working to establish a mutual credit network for businesses in and around Kirklees, which offers a simple mechanism for businesses that are able to continue operating to trade with other businesses, even where they may not have all of the cash required to fund purchases. A mutual credit network is essentially an organised system of exchange using credits, built on trust, transparency and co-operation.
Ever since we first established the network, the crisis in social care has been an issue at the forefront of our thinking. So it's no surprise that our first major project looked at the potential to implement a new, cooperative way of providing social care that places the service user and their family at the centre of the process, and which also empowers care workers. Find out more...
We are pleased and excited that Kirklees Council is working with CLES to develop and implement a local wealth building strategy, and embracing the concept of an inclusive economy. We believe that this approach is critically important in building a more resilient local economy across Kirklees, better able to withstand external shocks. We're working to establish a co-operative development and support service for Kirklees (working title: "Co-operation Kirklees") that can complement and support this strategy, providing a local access point for advice, information and support for people considering creating new co-operative enterprises, for the existing co-operatives across Kirklees, and for people and organisations who may be considering converting an existing organisation into a co-operative.