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Community action projects[edit | edit source]

  • develop a Mutual aid network
  • develop Community Currencies
  • encourage business swaps
  • encourage e-work, telework clubs and teleconferencing facilities
  • encourage Free stuff or the gift economy, sharing and simple living
  • microfinance initiatives
  • promote fair trade
  • set up credit unions
  • slow money initiatives
  • support cooperatives and social enterprise
  • support initiatives to make the wider economy more sustainable such as basic income and ways of redefining progress
  • sustain the custom of potlatch
  • sustainability awards
  • waste exchange schemes

Resources[edit | edit source]

Networks[edit | edit source]

Mutual Aid Network

Wellbeing Economy Alliance

Apps for sustainability[edit | edit source]

Deki, Established in 2008, Deki helps individuals in developing countries to lift themselves and their families out of poverty through creating a sustainable future. This is achieved through connecting them directly with lenders through microfinance. A registered charity, Deki takes no commission on loans and relies on donations to grow its global network of field partners and lenders.

Books[edit | edit source]

Book reviews[edit | edit source]

Book Review: 'Ours to Hack and to Own', Jan 30 2017 @Shareable

Citizens data initiative[edit | edit source]

A Good Life For All Within Planetary Boundaries,, added 17:16, 29 June 2020 (UTC)

The Emilia Romagna region of northern Italy has more than 15,000 cooperatives, which contribute over one-third of the region’s GDP. [1]

Infographics[edit | edit source]

Sharetown Nesta

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"Working for the earth is not a way to get rich, it is a way to be rich." Paul Hawken [2]

Research[edit | edit source]

Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity

Video[edit | edit source]

more video:

Occupy Economics, November 2011

GrowthBusters Hooked on Growth Trailer Fall 2011

ISM - Inspired by Slow Money, May 2010

Econ 4 - Introduction

Other resources[edit | edit source]

Events[edit | edit source]

Mar 20 International Day of Happiness 2021, Sat

Jun 5 Global Degrowth Day, 2021, Sat

News and comment[edit | edit source]

See separate article: Towards sustainable economies news

Basic income[edit | edit source]

An unconditional basic income (also called basic income, basic income guarantee, universal basic income, universal demogrant, or citizen’s income) is a form of social security system in which all citizens or residents of a country regularly receive an unconditional sum of money, either from a government or some other public institution, in addition to any income received from elsewhere. W

Related concepts are Universal basic services W and Universal Basic Assets

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Cooperatives[edit | edit source]

A cooperative (also known as co-operative, co-op, or coop) is "an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise". Cooperatives may include:

  • non-profit community organizations
  • businesses owned and managed by the people who use their services (a consumer cooperative)
  • organizations managed by the people who work there (worker cooperatives)
  • organizations managed by the people to whom they provide accommodation (housing cooperatives)
  • hybrids such as worker cooperatives that are also consumer cooperatives or credit unions
  • multi-stakeholder cooperatives such as those that bring together civil society and local actors to deliver community needs
  • second- and third-tier cooperatives whose members are other cooperatives

Research published by the Worldwatch Institute found that in 2012 approximately one billion people in 96 countries had become members of at least one cooperative. The turnover of the largest three hundred cooperatives in the world reached $2.2 trillion – which, if they were to be a country, it would make them the seventh largest. [need quotation to verify] W

Alternatives to mainstream economic concepts[edit | edit source]

TAPAS – “There Are Plenty of AlternativeS!” David Bollier, To Make Hope Possible Rather Than Despair Convincing [3]

Green movements, but also thinkers from other areas, are opposed to the focus put on economics. The need for terminology has created familiar ideas such as carrying-capacity, and ecological footprint. W

Degrowth[edit | edit source]

Degrowth is considered an essential economic strategy responding to the limits-to-growth dilemma. Degrowth thinkers and activists advocate for the downscaling of production and consumption—the contraction of economies—arguing that overconsumption lies at the root of long term environmental issues and social inequalities. Key to the concept of degrowth is that reducing consumption does not require individual martyring and a decrease in well-being. Rather, 'degrowthists' aim to maximize happiness and well-being through non-consumptive means—sharing work, consuming less, while devoting more time to art, music, family, culture and community. W

Ecological economics[edit | edit source]

Ecological economics/eco-economics refers to both a transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary field of academic research that aims to address the interdependence and coevolution of human economies and natural ecosystems over time and space. It is distinguished from environmental economics, which is the mainstream economic analysis of the environment, by its treatment of the economy as a subsystem of the ecosystem and its emphasis upon preserving natural capital. W

Post growth[edit | edit source]

Post-growth can be distinguished from similar movements (such as degrowth, steady state economics, post-materialism) in that it focuses on acknowledging, supporting and building on the sustainable initiatives, systems and products that are already in place. Post growth advocates try to encourage, connect and further develop these existing ideas and actions. In this way, "post growth" does not specify the answer to the limits-to-growth challenge, as “steady state economics” and “degrowth” do, but rather seek to understand and address this challenge from a complex systems perspective that is constantly evolving. With this holistic complex systems approach, post growth deals with all aspects of self and society (such as psychology, human nature, human evolution, cultures, social systems and economies) and the interrelation of all of these aspects. Accordingly, the post growth concept also advocates solutions that are appropriate with regards to place, time, resource and cultural factors. Therefore, post growth initiatives take shape in very different ways under different circumstances.

Post growth can be considered an asset-based approach to community development, applied not only to community development but across a wide range of categories and in response to limits-to-growth challenges, as it seeks to build on the cultural and technological assets that already exist and are facilitating the emergence of post growth futures. W

Circular economy[edit | edit source]

Main article: Circular economy

A circular economy is a regenerative system in which resource input and waste, emission, and energy leakage are minimised by slowing, closing, and narrowing material and energy loops. This can be achieved through long-lasting design, maintenance, repair, reuse, remanufacturing, refurbishing, and recycling. This is contrast to a linear economy which is a 'take, make, dispose' model of production. W

Getting to a circular economy involves a lot of redesign. A question which may not be getting enough attention so far is the extent to which local communities, as opposed to just big business, can influence and be involved in this redesign, although there may be examples of individual communities attempting this path for their own local economic development.

Doughnut economics[edit | edit source]

The Doughnut, or Doughnut economics, is a visual framework for sustainable development – shaped like a doughnut or lifebelt – combining the concept of planetary boundaries with the complementary concept of social boundaries. The name derives from the shape of the diagram, i.e. a disc with a hole in the middle. The centre hole of the model depicts the proportion of people that lack access to life's essentials (healthcare, education, equity and so on) while the crust represents the ecological ceilings (planetary boundaries) that life depends on and must not be overshot. The diagram was developed by Oxford economist Kate Raworth in the Oxfam paper A Safe and Just Space for Humanity W

Meet the doughnut: the new economic model that could help end inequality,, Apr 28, 2017

Downscaling the Doughnut to the City[edit | edit source]

So you want to downscale the Doughnut ? Here's how., July 16, 2020

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See also[edit | edit source]


External links[edit | edit source]

Mondragon Corporation

Creative commons[edit | edit source]

Basic Income Earth Network, network of academics and activists interested in the idea of a universal basic income, i.e. a guaranteed minimum income based solely on citizenship and not on work requirement or charity. It serves as a link between individuals and groups committed to or interested in basic income, and fosters informed discussion on this topic throughout the world. Their website defines a basic income as "an income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement." W

Center for the advancement of the steady state economy, CASSE

New Economy Working Group

OuiShare A French-based non-for-profit aiming to connect efforts within the Sharing or Collaborative Economy to create a global network of collaborators. Having started in France in 2012, they have spread to Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. W

Real Economy Lab, interactive platform where the cumulative knowledge, aims, and resources of the new economy movement can be drawn together in order to seek common ground and drive coordinated action

Other Schumacher Center for a New Economics, added 15:11, 6 June 2020 (UTC)

Grassroots Economics, "non-profit foundation that seeks to empower marginalized communities to take charge of their own livelihoods and economic future. We focus on community development through economic empowerment and community currency programs. Beneficiaries of our programs include small businesses and people living in informal settlements as well as rural areas." added 15:44, 1 April 2020 (UTC)


Grassroots Economic Organizing

Mutual Aid Networks

The Preservation Institute

Slow Money, movement to organize investors and donors to steer new sources of capital to small food enterprises, organic farms, and local food systems. Slow Money takes its name from the Slow Food movement.[2] Slow Money aims to develop the relationship between capital markets and place, including social capital and soil fertility.[3] Slow Money is supporting the grass-roots mobilization of investors through network building, convening, publishing, and incubating intermediary strategies and structures of funding. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Boulder, Colorado W

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