We didn’t invent the concept of mainstreaming community economic benefit or of maximising local value – there are plenty of other proponents across and beyond the UK. Below are links to some other organisations that research and promote similar approaches and whose work we value – you may find their resources useful.

Centre for Local Economic Strategies

Thinktank and member organisation with a focus on economic development, regeneration and place-making for positive environmental, health and social outcomes.

Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change

ESRC-funded research centre whose mission is to understand how socio-cultural processes relate to our awareness and experience of technological innovation, economic instability and social inequality.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation

In particular their current work on Cities, Growth and Poverty, which aims to explore and change the trend by which people in poverty are disconnected from economic success in cities.

The New Economics Foundation –

“economics as if people and the planet mattered”.

Co-operatives UK,

Particularly their new report on ultra-micro-economics – “Small + small + small = big”.

Michael Shuman’s

A commentary on community economics by the author of The Small-Mart Revolution and Local Dollars, Local Sense.

Canadian Community Economic Development Network

Resources for community economic development activity in Canada where the concept is more widely known.

Reconomy Project

Part of the Transition Network with a focus on changing the economic system locally towards sustainability and wellbeing.