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Towns and cities across the UK and the world have in recent years shown real enthusiasm for inclusive growth, against a backdrop of economic uncertainty and persistent inequality.

The RSA Inclusive Growth Commission set out a vision for a new type of economy. The challenge has been to translate the interest in inclusive growth into tangible and practical change on the ground.

This report sets out a new account of inclusive growth based on four key dimensions: Livelihoods, Wealth, Voice and Futures.

We present eight global examples of initiatives that are applying these dimensions in a practical and systematic way.

The case studies include:

  • WorkAdvance: A highly effective labour market programme for getting those on low incomes into good quality work
  • Community Solutions: A new model for delivering local public services that focuses on prevention and early action, including economic inclusion
  • Economic Gardening: An approach to local economic development that eschews the ‘hunting’ strategies of the past (wooing corporates with incentives) and focuses instead on growing from within
  • Community Wealth Building: Addressing structural inequalities and the ‘extraction’ of wealth by creating local institutions that ensure wealth that is generated in a place is regenerative
  • Decidim Barcelona: A platform for mass citizen participation in city decision making, as part of a broader democratisiation of Barcelona’s infrastructure
  • Envision Utah: A cross-sector, participatory vehicle for promoting ‘quality’ growth and ensuring that citizens’ values shape the type of economy that is created
  • Promise of Seoul: An approach to economic development and sustainability that integrates action on climate change with the need to create opportunities for those at the margins of an economy
  • Public wealth funds: Managing public assets – from real estate and utilities to publicly owned companies - to unlock long term social and economic value. 

Download the report: Inclusive Growth in Action (pdf, 1.2MB)