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How can we make our communities more financially sustainable? And what are the deeper issues of the economy that affect the sustainability of communities? This section will look at alternative economies, drawing on innovative examples of communities who are walking out of unsustainable economic models and into models of economic resilience that are good for people and good for the planet.
What are ways we can sustain ourselves as individuals, families, as a community group and as a wider community – economically, socially and environmentally?
How can we begin to challenge some of the unsustainable elements of the current economic development model within our community? E.g. Zero Waste, local currencies, alternative means of exchange, cooperatives, etc.
Research some alternative economies. How can we integrate some of these approaches or ideas into our community? Examples of alternative economies include green economy, circular economy, blue economy, solidarity economy, sharing economy.
Further Reading / Resources
The Wheel Funding Handbook: http://www.wheel.ie/sites/default/files/the_wheel_EPA_handbook_web.pdf
A Governance Resource for Sustainable Communities: