Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research
Elgar original reference
Edited by Frank Moulaert, Diana MacCallum, Abid Mehmood and Abdelillah Hamdouch
Chapter 34: Social innovation for community economies: how action research creates ‘other worlds’
The Community Economies project is an ongoing effort to contribute to an emerging economic politics, one that is centred on the practice of economic self-determination, oriented by the vision that ‘another world is possible’ and committed to postcapitalist economic futures (Community Economies n.d.; Gibson-Graham 2006). The project seeks to ‘reclaim the economy’ as a situated and diverse space of ethical decision making and negotiated interdependence; through that process of reclamation, the economy – a remote and powerful sphere that seems to dictate our lives – becomes instead a familiar, even intimate, space of engagement. Central to the project are three key elements: (1) rethinking ‘economy’ to create a conceptual platform for its re-enactment; (2) enrolling and re-subjecting communities and individuals (including ourselves) in new worlds of possibility; and (3) promoting collective action to build community economies.