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Building Community-Centred Economies: Lessons from Around the World. Deborah Fry IACD. About IACD. Global network of community development practitioners and activists from over 54 countries. Face-to-face events (annual global conferences, regional events) Local groups

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About iacd
About IACD the World

  • Global network of community development practitioners and activists from over 54 countries.

  • Face-to-face events (annual global conferences, regional events)

  • Local groups

  • Online networking (

2009 building community centred economies conference
2009 Building Community-Centred Economies Conference the World

  • 2009 Conference held in June in Brisbane, Australia

  • Over 450 participants

  • Many, many stories of communities tackling these issues.

  • All conference papers available at:

Community economic development
Community Economic Development the World

  • People working together to harness local resources, through which they can:

    • meet their needs in secure and sustainable ways;

    • foster the well-being of people and their environments; and

    • enable people to affect and shape their futures.

Why community centred economies
Why Community-Centred Economies? the World

  • Reduce distance between production and consumption.

  • Development of closer relations between producers and consumers.

  • Sense of responsibility for waste.

  • Minimise potential for exploitation.

  • Valuing diversity, gender and ecology.

  • Relationship, connectedness and meeting real needs. (Hawthorne, 2009)

Learning together as we go australia
Learning Together as We Go: Australia the World

  • Local Living Economy in Queensland

  • What is a Local Living Economy (LLE)? LLE is about economic power residing within local communities:

    • LLEs locally produce and exchange as many products & services as they practically can

    • LLEs support, encourage & promote local ownership of SMEs

Local living economies
Local Living Economies the World

  • LLE consumers appreciate the benefits of buying locally, creating local jobs & keeping money earned & spent in the local community

  • LLE businesses source products locally wherever possible

  • Food is an excellent entry point for LLE

  • They are all based on relationships between people and place

  • Southeast queensland lle network
    Southeast Queensland LLE Network the World

    • Cross-boundary and Cross-sectoral

    • Informal network built on personal relationships and common understandings

    • Logan City Council, Gold Coast City Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council

    • Tourism sector, Indigenous People, Not For Profit, Small Businesses, social enterprise

    • Aim to put LLE on the policy table as a valid approach to economic development

    • Aim to leverage pilot projects and existing initiatives in LLE

    At the individual level community theatre
    At the Individual Level—Community Theatre the World

    Freire’s critical literacy process applied to the money system

    • Becoming financially literate is a political act

    • Teachers and students are both experts

    • See money system as socially constructed, able to be changed

    • Familiar financial realities in an unfamiliar form (‘codifications’)

    • Analysing deep structure of codifications creates new understanding

    • Real dialogue, shared knowledge, is essential

    Freire cont
    Freire cont. the World

    • Uncover ‘generative concepts’ (concepts with emotional power and leverage to change how people see their world)

    • Generative concepts analysed and used to create new concepts

    • This leads to a new consciousness of ability to act on the world

    Many more stories
    Many more stories… the World

    • Workers food co-ops in Ecuador

    • Case Study of a Worker-Owned Homecare Co-operative in the United States

    • Building sustainable livelihoods through women’s empowerment in

    • Thriving Economies in Desert Australia: Challenges, Opportunities and Constraints

      Download presentations and digital story clips at:

    Buzz words
    Buzz Words the World

    • Local, Local, Local

      • Local food economies

      • Local living economy (LLE)

      • Local businesses

      • Place-based

    • Build on and develop community assets (you can’t have a local economy without a local community)

    What about scotland
    What About Scotland? the World

    • Is ‘localism’ a concept that resonates in Scotland?

    • What about asset-based community development?

    • What are the current debates around these issues? Where do you stand?

    • What do you think is the most important thing that needs to happen to move towards a community-centred economy in Scotland?