Community Economies


Here we present stories of community enterprises and projects in which ethical concerns (environmental, social and cultural) direct the way in which business is conducted. These enterprises have in some way been connected to the Community Economies Collective and our "rethinking economy" work.

Stories from Around the World

Stories from the Philippines

Stories from Australia

Stories from the United States



Stories from Around the World


  •  Alternative Currencies: A True Story

Early draft of a documentary featuring interviews with three experts in alternative currencies: Bernard Lietaer, author of The Future of Money and longtime proponent of complementary currencies, Edgar Cahn, founder of Timebanks USA, and Paul Glover, founder of Ithaca Hours. Produced by the Community Economies Research Group in Western MA.

Alternative Currencies: A True Story from Ursita Films on Vimeo.



Stories from the Philippines


  • Building Social Enterprises in the Philippines

This video series showcases social enterprises created by community groups in the Philippines provinces of Surigao del Norte, Bukidnon, Bohol and Lanao del Norte. For more information contact Katherine Gibson.

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This is a community based social enterprise that was developed using savings from migrant workers. The rice mill is now a integratred set of businesses that service the local community of farmers in northern Mindanao.

Rice mill workers

Rice mill workers


Coconut husk is a waste product of copra production that can clog waterways and pollute the landscape. DOCHSEi is a social enterprise that takes this husk and makes it into coco coir--a fibre that can be used in mattresses, eco-netting and handicrafts. It provides employment for over 100 workers who are landless farmers.

Conveyor Watcher

Coconut husks entering the decorticator


Fresh ginger is an asset in Jagna Municipality that farmers found hard to sell. This community enterprise is run by a group of women who produce ginger tea powder that has a good local market. New value is being produced and livelihoods are enhanced.

Sifting ginger powder

Members of the Laca enteprise sifting ginger powder


This community based social enterprise worked to create an income by making nata de coco, a delicious dessert, from coconut water. They encountered many challenges that highlight the difficulties of starting an enterprise with social as well as economic objectives.

Nata de coco enterprise

Showing off the raw nata de coco

Stories from Australia


A community organization begun in 1999 as an outcome of the Community Partnering Project.

Latrobe comunity garden

Working bee at the community garden


At Santa's Workshop community members learn to make outdoor Christmas decorations. This project began as an outcome of the Community Partnering Project.

Santa's workshop

 10th birthday of Santa's Workshop

Stories from the United States


The North Quabbin Time Bank (Western Massachusetts, USA) 

This video, "One=One: The North Quabbin Time Bank" shows a community currency project in action.