SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY ECONOMICS

Online Resources for Sustainable Community Development

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[Last updated 11/4/08]


Basic Resource Links

General Interest Web Sites

CITIZENS FOR TAX JUSTICE. <http://www.ctj.org>

Citizens for Tax Justice is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research and advocacy organization dedicated to fair taxation at the federal, state, and local levels.

CO-OP AMERICA <http://www.coopamerica.org>

Co-op America, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1982, provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses and individuals to address today's social and environmental problems. While many environmental organizations choose to fight important political and legal battles, Co-op America is the leading force in educating and empowering our nation's people and businesses to make significant improvements through the economic system.

E. F. SCHUMACHER SOCIETY <http://www.schumachersociety.org>

The E. F. Schumacher Society, named after the author of Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered, is an educational non-profit organization founded in 1980. Our programs demonstrate that both social and environmental sustainability can be achieved by applying the values of human-scale communities and respect for the natural environment to economic issues.

Building on a rich tradition often known as decentralism, the Society initiates practical measures that lead to community revitalization and further the transition toward an economically and ecologically sustainable society

EARTH POLICY INSTITUTE <http://www.earth-policy.org>

During the 40 years since the publication of Silent Spring and the birth of the modern environmental movement, the environmental community has worked hard to arrest the deterioration of the Earth's health. Many battles have been won, but we are losing the war. The Earth's capacity to support the economy continues to deteriorate. The gap between what we need to do to arrest the deterioration of the Earth and what we are doing continues to widen.

Somehow we have to turn the tide. There is a need for a new initiative, a new organization, and a new organizational model, one engaged in a research program and research products that are designed for use by the media and that are directed at policy makers. These ideas are developed in Lester R. Brown, Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth (New York: W. W. Norton, 2001).

GLOBAL EXCHANGE <http://www.globalexchange.org>

Global exchange is a human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political, and social justice around the world. Since our founding in 1998, we have been striving to increase global awareness among the US public while building international partnerships around the world.

NATURAL CAPITALISM <http://www.naturalcapital.org/>

Most businesses operate according to a world view that hasn't changed since the start of the Industrial Revolution. Then, natural resources were abundant and labor was the limiting factor of production. But now, there's a surplus of people, and natural capital--natural resources and the ecological systems that provide vital life-support services is in decline and relatively expensive. The next Industrial Revolution, like the first one, will be a response to changing patterns of scarcity. It will create upheaval, but more importantly, it will create opportunities. Business must adjust to these new realities. They're profiting and gaining decisive competitive advantage--and their leaders and employees are feeling better about what they do, too. They're in the vanguard of a new business model: natural capitalism. This new paradigm is also explored in the book Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins & L. Hunter Lovins (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1999).

SHARED CAPITALISM INSTITUTE <http://www.sharedcapitalism.org>

The Shared Capitalism Institute is dedicated to democratizing capital ownership and expanding stakeholder ownership in the economy. It is based on ideas in Jeff Gates' books The Ownership Solution: Toward a Shared Capitalism for the 21st Century (Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1998) and Democracy at Risk: Rescuing Main Street from Wall Street (Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing, 2001).

onthecommons.org <http://www.onthecommons.org>

The commons includes all resources, goods, services, and assets that must be produced and/or consumed (used), at least in part, collectively. In other words, the commons includes all social system and ecological system assets essential to, or useful for, human wealth and well-being that cannot be produced and/or distributed to individuals operating in price auction markets. There are two domains of the commons: the natural commons and the social commons. The natural commons includes air, water, earth, sunlight--all natural resources. It also includes all ecological and genetic processes, the basis of all life on earth. It includes all of the processes summarized in the Gaia metaphor. The social commons includes our cultural heritage: "languages and cultures, the stores of human knowledge, the informal support systems of community, the peace and quiet that we crave" (Jonathan Rowe). It also includes our instinctive relationship with nature and our impulse for creative expression. And it includes public services such as public safety, education, transportation infrastructure, public health and health care access, and environmental protection.

INSTITUTE FOR LIBERTY & DEMOCRACY (Peru)
<http://www.ild.org.pe>

JAN HAUSER ON "THE COMPLEXITY SCIENCES & GAIA
http://www.janhauser.com

NATURAL STRATEGIES, Inc. <http://www.naturalstrategies.com>

NEW ECONOMICS FOUNDATION <http://www.neweconomics.org>

ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE/ECONOMICS RENEWAL PROGRAM<http://www.rmi.org>

ACCESS TO AMARTYA SEN, Winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Economics (His on-line books, articles, papers, news articles, and press releases)

SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTE <http://www.sustainer.org>

WORLDWATCH INSTITUTE <http://www.worldwatch.org>

"Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy"
This three part PBS Series gives an overview of the forces effecting the emerging global economy (3/22/02).
<http://www.pbs.org/show_629.html>

Complementary Currencies
& Micro-Banking Web Sites
(
for an Annotated Bibliography click here):

Complementary Currencies

Carol Brouillet. CREATING COMMUNITY CURRENCIES <http://www.communitycurrency.org>

Bernard Lietaer/The Future of Money <http://www.transaction.net/money/book/> and <http://www.futuremoney.de>

E. F. SCHUMACHER SOCIETY <http://www.schumachersociety.org>

Major Complementary Currency Systems in North America:

Community Way (Canada) <http://www.openmoney.org/go/designs.html>

Ithaca Hours <http://www.publiccom.com/web/ithacahour>

Tianguis Tlaloc (Mexico City) <htp://www.laneta.apc.org/otrabolsa/tianguis.htm>

TimeBanks USA <http://www.timebanks.org>
The TimeKeeper Organization (Software)
<http://www.timekeeper.org> http://www.timekeeper.org

The Toronto Dollar <http://www.torontodollar.com>

Micro-Banking

Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation. A Human Approach to International Development. <http://www.ceci.ca/ ceci/info/eng/aindex.htm>

Carana Corporation. <http://www.carana.com/index.htm>

Consultive Group to Assist the Poorest. <http://www.cgap.org/index.html>

ENTERWeb. <http://www.enterweb.org/wel come.htm>

FINCA: Foundation for International Community Assistance. <http://www.villagebanking.org>

Grameen Bank. <http://www.grameen-info.org/>

Global Development Research Center. <http://www.gdrc.org/sitemap/sitemap.html>

Community Development Banking

CARDI (Cornell Community and Rural Development Institute) <http://www.cardi.cornell.edu/>

Alternatives Credit Union (Ithaca, New York) <http://www.alternatives.org/>


The following URLs are from Michael Shuman's GoingLocal (New York: FreePress,1998) [Updated 11/1/08].

Appropriate technology:

International Center for Appropriate Technology <http://www.icta.org>

Center for Resourceful Building Technology <http://www.crbt.org>

Complementary Currencies:

Hank Monrobey & Associates <http://www.monrobey.com>

Ithaca Hours <http://www.ithacahours.org/>

Bernard Lietaer: The Future of Money <http://www.transaction.net/money/book>

TimeBanks USA <http://www.timebanks.org/>

The Toronto Dollar <http://www.web.net/~tordoll>

Community Development Corporations & Credit Unions:

Community Development Research Center <http://www.newschool.edu/milano/cdrc.htm>

National Council for Urban Economic Development <http://www.cued.org>

Resource Renewal Center <http://www.rri.org>

Corporate Accountability:

Transnational Research & Action Center <http://www.corpwatch.org/trac/home.html>

 

Henry George (Land Value) & GreenTaxes:

Henry George Foundation <http://www.henrygeorgefoundation.org>

Henry George Institute <http://www.henry george.org>

Banneker Center <http://www.progress.org/banneker/shift.html>

World Resources Institute <http://www.wri.org/wri/index.html> 

Income and Wealth Taxes:

Citizens for Tax Justice <http://www.ctj.org>

Economic Policy Institute <http://www.epinet.org>

Share the Wealth <http://www.stw.org>

Indicators:

Maureen Hart <http://www.sustainablemeasures.com>

Redefining Progress <http://www.rprogress.org>

Sustainable Seattle <http://www.scn.orghttp://www.scn.org/>

Rural Development

Rural Action <http://www.ruralaction.org/>

Rural Community Assistance Corporation <http://www.rcac.org>

Selective Purchasing:

Council for Economic Priorities <http://www.cepnyc.org/c3_release.htm>

Government Purchasing Project <http://www.gpp.org> 

Small-Business Incubation:

National Business Incubation <http://www.nbia.org>

Socially Responsible Business/Investing:

Business Ethics <http://www.business-ethics.com>

Ceres <http://www.ceres.org>

Franklin Research & Development <http://www.web.net/~robrien/papers/sri/players/franklin.html>

Friends of the Earth <http://www.foe.org>

Greenmoney Journal <http://www.greenmoney.com>

UK Social Investment Forum <http://www.uksif.org/> 

Sustainability:

Sustainable Agriculture Network <http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/san>

Center for a New American Dream <http://www.newdream.org>

Natural Strategies <http://www.naturalstrategies.com>

Sightline Institute (Solutions for Cascadia) <http://www.sightline.org>

Institute for Sustainable Forestry <http://www.isf-sw.org/>

Rainforest Alliance/Smart Wood Program <http://www.rainforest-alliance.org>

Rainforest Action Network <http://www.ran.org>

Wild Iris Forestry <http://www.isf-sw.org/wildiris.htm> 

Urban Development:

Community Food Security Coalition <http://www.foodsecurity.org>

Urban Agriculture Network <http://www.cityfarmer.org>

Great Cities Institute <http://www.uic.edu/cuppa/gci/>

Mega-Cities <http://www.megacities.org>

Women's/Worker Ownership:

E-Magnify Women's Business Center (Seton Hill U.) <http://www.e-magnify.com>

Center for Economic & Social Justice <http://www.cesj.org>

Industrial Cooperative Association (ICA Group) <http://www.ICA-Group.org/>

National Center for Employee Ownership <http://www.nceo.org>