Practical guides for community economic change

Published on May 15, 2015 in Blog, How-to, Resource type
A trio of ‘how to guides’ has been launched by the REconomy Project. Focusing on running events, starting enterprise and resourcing core activities, these booklets have been designed for use by Transition Initiatives and other groups working on local economy projects and other related activities.

The guides have been researched and written using experience from active projects and community groups around the UK. Each contains experience, advice and easy-to-follow charts and resources. As well as using the guides from front to back, people can also pick and mix the sections within that most support the work they do. With tried and tested methods as well as new ideas and experimental approaches, they will be of use to those already working in this area or those keen to start.

Event_cover_rev_hiEvents Toolkit for Transition Initiatives aims to help people stage local or regional events themed around transforming a local economy including how to engage local community, business and other organisations in REconomy work through these events.



Enterprise HandbookTransition Enterprise Handbook  is designed to inspire entrepreneurs and give an overview of the process of setting up a business, or help an existing enterprise which is planning a period of change or development in the UK.



Core Resourcing Transition Core Resourcing is for any group that wants to think creatively about how it funds its core activities, including but not exclusively for REconomy activity. It is written for Transition Initiatives in the UK but others might find useful ideas and some non-UK examples are included.



Fiona Ward, manager of REconomy Project:

“Whatever stage your project is at, these guides are there to provide hands-on support. Advice and experience of many groups and organisations is captured within these resources. This has enabled something very practical to emerge that is rooted in the real life work of transforming local economies, developing new enterprises, and meeting the needs of the groups who do this work.”

The trio of guides are part of the support package offered by the REconomy Project, alongside help with staging events and enterprise development, plus lots of other resources available online. This work is supported by funding from the Friends Provident Foundation. An database of investment and funding providers for enterprises is due to be launched later in the year as a further resource.

A big ‘thank you’ from the REconomy Project to all the groups, businesses and individuals who have contributed to these guides and brought so much inspiration and practical support this work.

REconomy Practical Guides

This REconomy Project work is generously supported by the Friends Provident Foundation and the Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation.

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  1. transitionbedford says:

    These look great. Just what the community-change-making-doctor would have ordered!

  2. Adrianne says:

    Can they be used in NEW England, which has some of the same issues?

    • Anna Lodge says:

      Hi Adrianne, Yes of course you are very welcome to download and use in New England. Some of the funding references and other technical parts relate to UK or English systems. But loads in the guide that offer universal ideas and experience from groups that will have common issues and challenges (and opportunities) across the globe. Enjoy and please let us know how you get on using them. Anna

  3. Alan says:

    Do you have printed copies? My printer isn’t wanting to print these. Think they are too large or heavy in graphics for the memory capacity in my printer.