Cultivating Community Economies

J.K. Gibson-Graham
Jenny Cameron
Kelly Dombroski
Stephen Healy
Ethan Miller
Community Economies Collective

This paper was commissioned by the Next System Project (co-chaired by Gar Alperovitz and by Gus Speth). The paper details community economies thinking, and covers the following topics:

  • key commitments of community economies thinking
  • understandings of transformation
  • community + economy
  • strategies for cultivating community economies (namely, applying the language of diverse economies and broadening the horizon of economic politics)

The paper includes examples of community economies from across the globe (including those that are 'local' an place-based (such as Hepburn Wind) to those that are 'global' (such as the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer).

The paper concludes with a summary of over 20 examples of community economies research projects that are being undertaken across the globe by members of the Community Economies Collective.

Suggested citation

Gibson, J.K., J. Cameron, K. Dombroski, S. Healy, E. Miller and the Community Economies Collective. 2018. "Cultivating Community Economies". An Essay for the Next System Project. Online at