The Community Economies Research Network (CERN) is an international network of researchers, activists, artists, practitioners and others who are interested in ways of enacting new visions of economy. Members are committed to building diverse economies that foreground ethical economic and ecological relationships.
Members of the network are inspired by, or in conversation with, the work of J.K. Gibson-Graham, and others who have applied and extended work on community economies.
CERN members are located across the globe. There are over 330 members. You can locate them by clicking on this map. Two hints: 1) it's best viewed on a desktop or laptop; 2) zoom in - a lot! (in some places you'll need to go down to the street level to see all the members at that location).
Each year, in the first two weeks of November, we hold an international online conference, LIVIANA , where members can share their ideas and listen and learn from each other. The Spanish term liviana connotes a ‘light’ and ‘easily digestible’ event based on openness, free-floating train of thought, and cheerful spirit.
The third LIVIANA conference is being held 31 October to 11 November 2022. For more information, click here.
For more information on LIVIANA 2021, click here.
For more information on LIVIANA 2020, click here.
Process for adding new members
Anyone interested in joining CERN should contact two current CERN members to endorse their membership. In consultation with these members, potential members compose a short Introductory Statement that includes the following:
- Name, affiliation and contact details
- Current community economies related research / activist / teaching activities
- Why you are interested in the community economies approach (these sentences should include specific information about which aspect/s of the community economies approach you are most interested in, as this helps to build connections between members)
- If applicable, any contact you have had with CERN members
- 4-6 keywords that are relevant to your interests
- If applicable, links to your web page/s.
Endorsers of the proposed member then contact email@example.com with the Introductory Statement. Once the new member is added to the list, the endorsers send out a Welcome with the new member’s Introductory Statement.
To find current CERN members you can search on the map (above); look on the People page (which profiles the CERN members who are also members of the Community Economies Institute); or look through the list of recent publications by members of the network.
CERN uses a list-serve to circulate information about relevant conferences and other events; members' research and related activities; links to parallel or complementary research; and links to economic experiments.
There are also regional and theme-based CERN groups. Groups meet on a regular basis to connect members and share ideas:
- CERN ABC/DE (Arts-based Community/Diverse Economies)
- CERN Aotearoa New Zealand
- CERN-Latin America
- CERN-North America
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CERN Publications Bulletin
Every six months, CERN members add to a growing compilation of academic publications by CERN members (on topics related to community and diverse economies). The most recent bulletin is here. The full archive is here.