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Building Community Resilience
How could a Community Benefit Society help contribute to a more resilient, sustainable and fairer economic system?  Read the report for the Friends Provident Foundation by Tim Crabtree and Paul Sander-Jackson here.

International Forum on Globalisation (IFG) An alliance of sixty leading activists, scholars, economists, researchers and writers formed to stimulate new thinking, joint activity, and public education in response to economic globalisation.

Third World Network An independent, non-profit, international network of organizations and individuals involved in issues relating to development, the Third World and North-South issues. Its objectives are to conduct research on economic, social and environmental issues pertaining to the South; to publish books and magazines; to organize and participate in seminars; and to provide a platform representing broadly Southern interests and perspectives at international fora such as the UN conferences and processes.

Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology Founded in Dehra Dun, Uttar Pradesh (INDIA) in 1982 by Dr. Vandana Shiva. It works on biodiversity conservation and protecting people’s rights from threats to their livelihoods and environment by centralised systems of monoculture in forestry, agriculture and fisheries.

International Society for Ecology & Culture (ISEC) A non-profit organisation concerned with the protection of both biological and cultural diversity. Our emphasis is on education for action: moving beyond single issues to look at the more fundamental influences that shape our lives.

People Centred Development Forum The PCDForum envisions human societies in which three values serve as organizing principles of public policy: justice, inclusiveness and sustainability. In the belief that voluntary citizen action is the necessary foundation of transformational change, the Forum works with and through other civil society organizations through alliance building, educational outreach, and the articulation of a shared vision.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy IATP was established in 1986 as a non-profit and tax exempt research and education organization. Their mission is to create environmentally and economically sustainable communities and regions through sound agriculture and trade policy. The Institute assists public interest organizations in effectively influencing both domestic and international policymaking.

The Institute for Food and Development Policy (better known as Food First) A member-supported, non-profit ‘peoples’ think tank and education-for-action centre. Their work highlights root causes and value-based solutions to hunger and poverty around the world, with a commitment to establishing food as a fundamental human right.

Organic Consumers Association The OCA promotes food safety, organic farming and sustainable agricultural practices in the U.S. and internationally. They supply background material for journalists, news organizations, and public interest activists worldwide and their campaign strategies include public education, activist networking, boycotts and protests, grassroots lobbying, media and public relations, and litigation.

Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture. They represent around 100 national public interest organisations working at international, national, regional and local level.

Slow Food Founded in Italy in 1986 in reaction to the growth of the fast food culture, Slow Food has grown into a large-scale international movement, with over 60,000 members in all five continents. Local rootedness and decentralization (plus the ensuing conservation of typicality) – and without forgetting the voluntary nature of its representatives’ contribution – are the most authentic characteristics of the movement.

ETC Group (formerly RAFI) The Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable advancement of cultural and ecological diversity and human rights. ETC group supports socially responsible developments in technologies useful to the poor and marginalized and it addresses governance issues affecting the international community. They also monitor the ownership and control of technologies, and the consolidation of corporate power.

The Edmonds Institute a non-profit, public interest organization committed to the health and sustainability of ecosystems and their inhabitants. It seeks to engage in projects that foster respect for and protection of the rights and health of all communities and is dedicated to education about environment, technology, and intellectual property rights

Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) An innovative campaigning organisation which educates, informs and empowers men and women who care about the environment. Central to WEN’s approach is the belief that women have the right to information to enable them to make fair choices. They also believe a precautionary approach is healthiest for people and the planet.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) An independent, non-profit research institute, founded in 1980, which promotes research on economic and social issues from a progressive point of view.

Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG) An independent research and media group of progressive writers, scholars and activists committed to curbing the tide of “globalisation” and “disarming” the New World Order. The CRG is based in Montréal and publishes news articles, commentary, background research and analysis on a broad range of issues, focussing on the interrelationship between social, economic, strategic, geopolitical and environmental processes.

International Institute for Environment and Development
An independent, non-profit organization promoting sustainable patterns of world development through collaborative research, policy studies, networking and knowledge dissemination. They work to address global issues such as mining, the paper industry and food systems.

Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG)
An international non-governmental organisation which specialises in helping people to use appropriate technology for practical answers to poverty. Lessons from ITDG’s grassroots experience are spread through consultancy services, publishing activities, education, policy and research.

Global Eco-Village Network & Gaia Trust GEN is a grassroots non-profit organisation that links together a highly diverse worldwide movement of autonomous sustainable settlements and related projects. Over 1500 pages on eco-villages and sustainability.

Sustainable Communities Network Connects citizens with the resources they need to implement innovative processes and programs to restore the economic, environmental, and social health and vitality of their communities. It addresses a wide range of issues related to community sustainability, including creating communities, smart growth, growing a sustainable economy, protecting natural resources, living sustainably, and governing communities.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) A non-profit research and educational organization that provides technical assistance and information on environmentally sound economic development strategies. Since 1974, ILSR has worked with citizen groups, governments and private businesses in developing policies that extract the maximum value from local resources.

Low-impact Living Initiative (LILI) A non-profit organisation dedicated to helping protect the global environment by researching and promoting sustainable, low-impact alternatives to various aspects of everyday life. Based at Redfield Community in Buckinghamshire, UK, LILI run workshops and undertake installations of low-impact facilities.
Simple Living Network SLN provides tools and examples for those who are serious about learning to live a more conscious, simple, healthy and restorative lifestyle. Their web site features a free on-line newsletter, a database of Voluntary Simplicity study groups and circles, chat rooms, links to other related web sites and almost 3000 resource pages dedicated to sustainable living.

Ethical Consumer The Ethical Consumer Research Association (ECRA) was founded in June 1987 and is a not-for-profit, voluntary organisation owned and managed by its staff as a workers’ co-operative. Their purpose is to promote universal human rights, environmental sustainability and animal welfare by providing information on consumer issues which empowers individuals and organisations to act ethically in the market place.

Soil Association The UK’s leading campaigning and certification organisation for organic food and farming. Their aim is to create an informed body of public opinion about the links between farming practice and plant, animal, human and environmental health, and to promote organic agriculture as a sustainable alternative to intensive farming methods.

Permaculture Association The Permaculture Association (Britain) supports people and projects through training, networking and research, using the ethics and principles of permaculture. Permaculture is a term coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1970s, derived from ‘Permanent Agriculture’. It is a philosophy of working with rather than against nature and of the conscious design of sustainable systems.

The Land is Ours (TLIO) TLIO campaigns peacefully for access to the land, its resources, and the decision-making processes affecting them, for everyone, irrespective of race, gender or age.

Henry Doubleday Research Association HDRA is Europe’s largest organic membership organisation. It is dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food.

COMPAS: Comparing and Supporting Endogenous Development and Bio-cultural Diversity The Compas programme is an initiative to improve the quality of development support initiatives. The project provides support to local organisations, which are enhancing biological and cultural diversity and sustainable management of natural resources by building on Indigenous Knowledge Systems and local leadership.

New Economics Foundation A radical think-tank committed to creating practical and enterprising solutions to the social, environmental and economic challenges facing the local, regional, national and global economies.
Sustainable Measures develop indicators that measure progress toward a sustainable economy, society and environment. They work with communities, companies, regional organizations and government agencies at all levels.

LETSystems A co-operative network of local people who exchange goods and services of all kinds without the need for money. Background information on local currencies and the future of money, practical advice and examples of LETS systems,UK and international contacts.

South African New Economics Foundation Network (SANE)
A loose affiliation of individuals and organisations who recognise the central role of economics in modern society, and are concerned about the social and ecological consequences of economics as it is conventionally taught and practised. Their aim is to create a humane, just, sustainable and culturally appropriate economic system in South Africa.

International Society for Ecological Economics The ISEE facilitates understanding between economists and ecologists and the integration of their thinking into a transdiscipline aimed at developing a sustainable world.

Rainforest Action Network RAN works to protect the Earth’s rainforests and support the rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.

Survival International Survival is a worldwide organisation supporting tribal peoples. It stands for their right to decide their own future and helps them protect their lives, lands and human rights.

Corporate Watch (UK) A radical research and publishing group, based in Oxford, UK. Their approach is to investigate, corporate structures and the system that supports them more broadly. They publish a bi-monthly newsletter jam-packed with news of anti-corporate activism from around the world, the Corporate Watch magazine, and a bi-weekly email update.

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) is a national charity whose purpose is to support sustainable rural community development. It provides a national platform for its founder