The Community Economies Collective is an ongoing collaboration between academic and community researchers and activists in Australia, North America, Europe and South East Asia.
The goal of the Collective is to theorize, discuss, represent and ultimately enact new visions of economy. By making multiple forms of economic life viable options for action, the Collective aims to open the economy to ethical debate and provide a space within which to explore different economic practices and pathways.
The project grew out of J.K. Gibson-Graham's feminist critique of political economy that focused upon the limiting effects of representing economies as dominantly capitalist. Central to the project is the idea that economies are always diverse and always in the process of becoming. This project developed as a way of documenting the multiple ways in which people are making economies of difference and in the process realizing their interdependence with others.
Our work aims toproduce a more inclusive understanding of economyhighlight the extent and contribution of hidden and alternative economiestheorize economy and community as sites of becomingbuild sustainable non-capitalist economic alternativesfoster ethical economic experimentationengender collaborations between activists, academics and communities
This website includes information on who we are, how we are rethinking the economy outside of a capitalocentric discourse, and on our research projects that are enacting diverse and ethical economies.
The website also includes resources for academic and community researchers and activists involved in revisioning economic futures, including academic papers and stories of practical interventions in particular places.
The Community Economies website is our contribution to an ongoing conversation about economic futures that put justice and sustainability first.
"This could be what a conversation is—simply the outline of a becoming."
(Deleuze, Dialogues, p.2)