The Community Economies Collective (CEC) was formed in the 1990s by Katherine Gibson, the late Julie Graham (aka J.K. Gibson-Graham), and a group of scholars committed to theorizing, representing, and enacting new visions of economy. By making multiple forms of economic life viable options for action, these diverse, engaged scholarly and activist efforts aim to open the economy to ethical debate and provide a space within which to explore different economic practices and pathways.
These projects grew out of J.K. Gibson-Graham's feminist critique of political economy that focused upon the limiting effects of representing economies as dominantly capitalist. Central to the project is the idea that economies are always diverse and always in the process of becoming. Our work aims to:
- produce a more open and transformative understanding of economy
- highlight the extent and contribution of hidden and alternative economies
- theorize economy and community as sites of becoming
- build sustainable non-capitalist economic alternatives
- foster ethical economic experimentation
- engender collaborations between activists, academics and communities
The 41 members of the CEC are mostly based in academic contexts in Australia, Europe, New Zealand and the US. Their action-research engagements are, however, more geographically spread across the globe. The CEC convenes a Community Economies Research Network (CERN) of some 180 (and growing) members in Africa, Australasia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. The outputs of the CEC include scholarly articles and books, popular books, videos, websites, classes, talks, and workshops, and many CEC members are also actively engaged in on-the-ground organizing and advocacy work in and across their various places. Members of the CEC have also recently launched the Diverse Economies and Liveable Worlds book series with the University of Minnesota Press.