Funded places for building a democratic economy

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written by

Jonny Gordon-Farleigh

Mar 29, 2021

Our Spring 2021 programme of New Economy Programme webinars is underway, offering capacity-building training for local communities, democratic businesses, third sector organisations, and activists.

Now we’re working with the Friends Provident Foundation to offer 45 sponsored places for those setting up democratic businesses or directly supporting them through their work.

You can apply now for a fully funded place on one of five webinars on the programme below.

OurSpace: Exploring Authentic Community Engagement
Stephi Gamauf, OurSpace
10 April 2021, 10.30am - 1pm

What are practical ways to shift our working patterns and build more authentic relationships with a wide range of community stakeholders? What are some of the challenges that we encounter when building community relationships, and how could they be overcome?

A Crash Course in Democratic Business
Jonny Gordon-Farleigh, Stir to Action
28 April 2021, 2pm - 4.30pm

What are the differences between co-operatives, community businesses, and employee ownership trusts and do they matter? Democratic business models have their own historical origins, offer different levels of democratic participation, are controlled by different regulatory bodies, can raise different forms of finance, and are appropriate for different aspects of local economic development.

Worker Co-ops: How to Get Started
Sîon Whellens, Calverts
1 May 2021, 10.30am - 1pm

In an era of intensifying economic inequality and systemic crisis, workers are fighting back by organising themselves in co-operatives. The purpose of a worker co-op is to secure decent jobs, support skills development and education, extend solidarity, and above all enable the members to collectively self-manage their working lives. Worker co-operatives are part of wider movements around the world for economic, social and ecological justice.

Community Business in Black & Minoritised Communities
Yvonne Field, Ubele
5 May 2021, 2pm - 4.30pm

Last year (2020) shed light on the gap and lack of engagement of black and minoritised communities in the community business sector. Despite this, best practice has emerged and this course will introduce you to the ways in which Black and Minoritised communities have been developing and growing in the community business sector.

Using Stories to Create Change
Sophie Yates Lu, Campaign Bootcamp
12 May 2021, 2pm - 4.30pm

Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to breathe life into a campaign for social change.. For it to be effective, your story must be authentic, inspirational, and drive your audience to take action.

In this workshop you’ll learn what makes a good campaign story, exploring examples of engaging stories that have persuaded, influenced, and driven people to take action.

Space is limited on each webinar so early booking is advised. See the full programme and register at

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