Why is the city of Bristol printing its own money? Why have Brixton and Bath created their own energy companies? What's a local economy worth? And if we knew, how might it help us imagine an economy beyond austerity?
What neither the government and local councils nor their critics have tended to recognise is that it has taken 30 years and more for the traditional British high street to reach crisis point; high streets will not be rescued in weeks or months.