Nowtopia: The Film

The recently released documentary Nowtopia explores a range of themes relevant to community economies.

Written and directed by Community Economies Research Network member Tom Smith, Nowtopia was filmed in Brno, the Czech Republic’s second largest city, and was inspired by the community economies approach of J.K. Gibson-Graham and the economic utopianism of the Degrowth movement.

A Fresh Perspective on Informal Settlements

La tesis doctoral del Dr. Wali Uz Zaman, miembro del CERN, que utiliza la perspectiva de los bienes comunes para ofrecer una nueva visión de la vida en los asentamientos informales del Sur global, ya está disponible en línea.

A Fresh Perspective on Informal Settlements

The PhD thesis of CERN member Dr Wali Uz Zaman, which uses the lens of commoning to offer fresh insights into life in informal settlements in the global South, is now available online.

The thesis entitled, 'A Commons Perspective on Urban Informal Settlements: A Study of Kalyanpur slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh', pushes aside the idea that slums are places of disorder and dysfunction and shows how slum dwellers are contributing their time, effort and creativity to protect their families’ livelihoods and maintain the liveability of slums through collective initiatives.

Commons-based responses to COVID-19

La edición más reciente de Development, la revista insignia de la Sociedad para el Desarrollo Internacional, explora la pregunta de si la crisis actual por el COVID-19 provee una oportunidad necesaria para la introducción de estrategias de salud que estén explícitamente relacionadas con la construcción de un mundo más justo y sustentable.

Commons-based responses to COVID-19

The most recent edition of Development, the flagship journal of the Society for International Development, explores whether the COVID-19 crisis provides a much-needed opportunity for introducing health strategies that are explicitly linked to the building of a more just and sustainable world.

Youth Working Group of the Civil Society and Indigenous People's Mechanism

Como co-facilitadora del Youth Working Group (Grupo de Trabajo Joven) del Mecanismo de la Sociedad Civil y de las Personas Indígenas, Anisah Madden (miembro de CERN) ha estado trabajando con jóvenes de organizaciones de base, tales como La Vía Campesina, the World Fisher Forum, y el International Indian Treaty Council, para asistirlxs en su participación en los debates sobre políticas del Comité por la Seguridad Alimentaria Mundial de las Naciones Unidas.

Youth Working Group of the Civil Society and Indigenous People's Mechanism

As a co-facilitator of the Youth Working Group of the Civil Society and Indigenous People's Mechanism, CERN Member Anisah Madden has been working with young people from grassroots organisations such as La Vía Campesina, the World Fisher Forum and the International Indian Treaty Council to assist them participate in policy discussions at the UN Committee on World Food Security.

Making Transformative Geographies

Il libro di Benedikt Schmid di recente pubblicazione intitolato Making Transformative Geographies: Lessons from Stuttgart’s Community Economy esplora la costruzione di futuri urbani post-crescita più sostenibili ed equi attraverso l’analisi del lavoro di ventiquattro iniziative di comunità nella città tedesca di Stuttgart.

Schmid nota che una delle più importanti scoperte della sua ricerca risiede nell’impossibilità di scindere in modo chiaro traiettorie sostenibili da traiettorie non sostenibili, e similarmente orientamenti economici di decrescita da orientamenti economici di crescita.

Making Transformative Geographies

El nuevo libro de Benedikt Schmid, Making Transformative Geographies: Lessons from Stuttgart's Community Economy, explora la creación de futuros urbanos “post-crecimiento” mediante la investigación de veinticuatro iniciativas radicadas en la ciudad alemana de Stuttgart que buscan un mundo más justo y sustentable.

Schmid comenta que uno de los hallazgos más importantes de la investigación es que “no existe una oposición tajante entre lo que es sustentable (y su trayectoria asociada, el decrecimiento), y lo que no es sustentable, (y su trayectoria asociada, hacer las cosas como las venimos haciendo)”.

Making Transformative Geographies

Benedikt Schmid‘s recent book Making Transformative Geographies: Lessons from Stuttgart's Community Economy explores the making of post-growth urban futures by researching how twenty-four initiatives in the German city of Stuttgart are forging a more just and sustainable world.

Schmid highlights that one major finding of the research is that “there is no black and white between sustainable/unsustainable and degrowth/business-as-usual trajectories.”

In their quest to put in place more just and sustainable practices the initiatives in the study navigate constraints and opportunities, and make various trade-offs in order to remain viable.

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Community Economies

La exposición de Katherine Gibson en el plenario de la Conferencia Liviana del CERN inaugural ahora está disponible online (en Youtube) apretando aquí.

En el plenario, titulado Thinking with Community Economies (“Pensando con Economías Comunitarias”, en español), Gibson exploró algunas de las formas en las que las economías comunitarias están llevando adelante, junto con otrxs, acciones para generar oportunidades éticas en el marco de las economías.

Community Economies

The plenary address by Katherine Gibson for the inaugural CERN Liviana Conference is now available online (on YouTube) by clicking here.

In the plenary, entitled Thinking with Community Economies, Gibson explored some of the ways that community economies scholars are thinking with and alongside others in order to strengthen opportunities for ethical economic actions, and she did this by focusing on two threads of community economies thinking.

Lake Budi Mutual Support Group

The final presentation in the CERN online Liviana conference was on the theme of Indigenous-led economic codesign, and was presented by Community Economy Research Network members Alison Guzman and Ignacio Krell who reflected on the process of working with the Mapuche-Lafkenche people of Lof Llaguepulli in the Lake Budi area of Chile to establish the Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo (or Mutual Support Group) that would serve the lives, lands, and values of the community.

The Interdependence

During the second week of the online Liviana conference The Interdependence was launched to an international audience.

The Interdependence is a multi-local alliance between community economies initiatives that identify as being part of the alliance by using the identifier .idt, an alternative to more familiar identifiers such as .ltd or Inc.

The Interdependence exists to make visible and to support people and organisations who perceive themselves as interdependent with others, and part of a larger movement to create economies that have the well-being of people and the planet at their core.

Black Women's Lives Matter

One of the highlights of the first week of the online Liviana conference was a panel ‘The Black Social Economy: Black Women and Cooperativism in the Americas and Beyond’ organised by Professor Caroline Shenaz Hossein from York University in Canada.

Professor Hossein’s introduction included an acknowledgement of the unceded territories on which the conference was taking place, and recognition of ancestors who toiled the land and those who continue to toil under unjust conditions.

Contagion Design

The recent online International Contagion Design Symposium featured four Community Economies Research Network (CERN) members from Australia, Britain and Europe who presented papers in a session on Contagious Mutualities.

El Cambalache

The Department of Decolonial Economics at El Cambalache is running on online Bootcamp Workshop in Decolonial Methods for Creating Social, Solidarity and Non-Hierarchical Economies.

The workshop will be in English and Spanish and will run from 18 to 22 January 2021, with applications open until all places are filled.

El Cambalache was founded in 2015 and is a moneyless economy project located in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas and is made by and for women and everyone in their everyday networks, as featured in the documentary, Inter-Change Value (2016).

Liviana: CERN Online Conference

Coming to a screen near you! 2 to 14 Nov. 2020

#2020 Liviana Conference will be a decentralised series of exchanges and symposia over two weeks, providing an opportunity to connect and share. The event is based on the sense of openness, free-floating train of thought, and cheerful spirit that the Spanish term liviana connotes.

Full details at Liviana Online Conference website (including how to register for each session).

Sessions include:


On Thursday 8 October, Community Economies Research Network members were part of an appreciative audience for the Schumacher Center for a New Economics event, ‘Winona LaDuke and Leah Penniman in Conversation.’