Community Catalysts for Transformative Economies
European Union Erasmus + Strategic Partnership
September 2020 - August 2022
For many years, the economy and the environment have been regarded as separate spheres. Success has equated to unending growth and measurements of prosperity have been solely based on GDP. By continuing on this isolated path, we fail to understand the full picture: omitting critical information about the environmental and social dimensions, which the economy not only impacts but also relies upon. Experts are clear that in reframing how we view the economy, we must take into account and prioritise its interdependence with the world around us.
In reality, there would be no economy without natural resources, often referred to by economists as ‘natural capital’. Healthy ecosystems provide us with the vital services and bio-productivity needed for life to thrive. They are intrinsic to all life, and are therefore also the basis of wealth.
Community Catalysts for Transformative Economies seeks to develop methodologies and tools to support small scale enterprises operating in both urban and rural settings, to design regenerative economic responses embedded in vital ecosystems.
The project will research, contribute and prototype emerging transformative economic theory and practice that is bio-regionally manifested and nested in global trends. Developing practical tools and a course curriculum, the project will engage rural and urban multi-stakeholders and enhance their knowledge of alternative economic practices.
In doing so, the project aims to catalyse social entrepreneurs and other local actors in support of a transformative economy, ultimately ensuring the long term environmental, social and economic sustainability of their economic activities.
Over the course of two years, the project will:
- Conduct participatory research on transformative economy through case studies in 4 countries
Co-produce a methodological guide on transformative economy, which will help the project generate greater impact in creating positive social change
Co-design and develop a toolkit as well as the framework and materials of a course for transformative catalysts
Co-create and facilitate an online learning platform on transformative economy
Host 5 local seminars and 1 international conference for disseminating the project results, reaching European-wide professional communities and wider audience