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“Paint Your Town Red”: Bringing community wealth building to your town or city

Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown

Lead Councillor for the city of Preston in Lancashire, England. more

Community & Place

We know that socialist local government can transform towns and cities.

In this year’s local elections in the United Kingdom, some of the only good results for Labour Party candidates came from areas where socialists have begun to remake the local economy, from Salford and Preston to Wirral and beyond.

Community wealth building and related forms of municipal socialism and economic democracy have been spreading far and wide as powerful radical yet practical approaches that allow communities to begin taking back control of their own local and regional economies and economic destinies.

This video features a discussion with some of the leading lights of local government who have been blazing a trail on this exciting agenda to talk about what community wealth building is, how it works, and how to get started in your own community.

The speakers are Matthew Brown, leader of the Preston Council and co-author of Paint Your Town Red: How Preston Took Back Control and How Your Town Can, Too;  Rhian E. Jones, co-author of Paint Your Town Red; Janette Williamson,  leader of Wirral Council; Joe Cullinane, leader of North Ayrshire Council; Paul Dennett, mayor of Salford; and Gaya Sriskanthan, Momentum National Coordinating Group co-chair.

This event was co-hosted by Momentum; The Democracy Collaborative and The World Transformed.

Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown

Lead Councillor for the city of Preston in Lancashire, England. more

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