Paint Your Town Red – how Preston took back control and your town can too

Paint Your Town Red: How Preston Took Back Control and Your Town Can Too

Across the world, there is a growing recognition that a new kind of economy is needed: more democratic, less exploitative, less destructive of society and the planet. Paint Your Town Red looks at how wealth can be generated and shared at a local level through the experience of one of the main advocates of the new Democratic Economy, Matthew Brown, the driving-force behind the world-recognized Preston Model.

Preston’s success shows that the ideas of community wealth-building work in practice and have the capacity to achieve a meaningful transfer of wealth and power back to local communities.

Matthew Brown is Labour’s leader of Preston City Council and a senior fellow for the Democracy Collaborative, tasked with promoting Community Wealth Building across the UK and abroad.

Rhian E. Jones is a writer, historian and author of four books on politics and popular culture. She is a founding editor of the New Socialist website and now edits Red Pepper and writes for Tribune magazine.

Author: Matthew Brown & Rhian E. Jones