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Community Economy

Explore community economy models that promote community solidarity and a spirit of mutual help

Mainstream economic development encourages constant economic growth and fulfillment of people’s unlimited wants from limited resources. As a result the earth’s resources have been over-consumed, there is intense competition in human relationships, and materialism and consumerism are the order of the day.

At community level, a globalised economy has resulted in outflow of community resources and over-dependence on external markets. With the ensuing loss of communities' natural, cultural and social foundations, communities have gradually lost their own self-recognition and resilience.

Countering the impact of globalisation and the market-oriented mainstream development paradigm, PCD has in past years been working to facilitate communities to find alternative economic models. By finding and promoting such models, we aim to encourage communities to become more resilient, creative and self-reliant, rebuild their self-recognition, restore harmonious relationships among people, and rebuild the connection between people and nature. Those models promoted include farmers’ markets, village fairs, farmers’ association, community supported agriculture (CSA) and non-cash-based trade. We have also facilitated the rediscovery and promotion of examples of community economy in local traditional cultures.

In the coming five years (2015-2020), we will continue to explore various community economy models to be practiced in rural and urban areas. We will strive to revive and build platforms for multiple means of exchange and communication within local production and service chains. We will facilitate people to understand the adverse impacts of mainstream economic development on communities, and the need to reverse such trends by shifting the momentum from global to local, wasteful to regenerative.