Citizen-led Innovation for a New Economy

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Practical Action Publishing, 2015 - Canada - 291 pages
This collection of eleven cases from Canada and the United States gives expression to the ideal of a new economy based on fairness and environmental sustainability. Grappling with complex problems in their local communities, organized citizens are forging innovation, prying open cracks in the prevailing economic system and seizing opportunities to redirect economic life. Featured here are examples in urban and rural contexts and ethnically diverse settings - First Nations, Inuit, Latino, African American, predominantly white, and mixed communities - where citizens are challenging the short-term focus of political leadership and taking action now to pave the way for an economy that can sustain future generations. They illustrate a new way of working, tying economic justice to the creation of multiple types of environmental, economic and social assets or forms of wealth.

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About the author (2015)

John Gaventa served as the director of the Coady International Institute, St. Francis Xavier University, from 2011-14. He is currently a fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

Alison Mathie has over 30 years experience in the international development field and has been teaching at the Coady International Institute and St Francis Xavier University for the last 10 years. Her main interest has been in promoting asset-based and community-driven approaches to community development, and using monitoring and evaluation as a means to strengthening practice by communities, NGOs, and multi-lateral agencies.

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