A&DS would like to highlight ‘The Compendium for the Civic Economy’, a new publication from NESTA, CABE, and 00:/, which is available to download free of charge.
The compendium presents 25 case studies of civic economy projects which, though based in established economic traditions, have important new lessons to share on for example; models of organisation, means of building connections with communities, or approaches to generating investment.
NESTA describe the background to the publication as follows: “Against the context of rapid economic, social and environmental change, a collective reflection is taking place on how to build more sustainable routes to share prosperity. In the meantime, an increasing number and wide range of change-makers have already found ways to imagine and grow a different economy in our cities, towns, neighbourhoods and villages.
They show that the civic economy is already a real, vital and growing part of many places, which actively contributes to community resilience, everyday innovation and shared prosperity. They also reveal how local leaders – that is, all those working together to improve places and their economies, whether in the public, private or third sector – can create the fertile ground for the civic economy to flourish and grow. Most importantly, the remarkable achievements of these 25 trailblazers show why we need to get better at understanding and recognising the role of civic entrepreneurship and enable it to turn ideas into action and impact.
The publication, which A&DS was consulted on in relation to the case studies, highlights valuable lessons for all those with an interest in helping social enterprises to thrive.