Submit your examples: People empowered to have a say in their economic future
IDS and the Open Society Foundations are working to identify exciting economic alternatives; ways that enterprises, communities and societies are making economic decisions in which ‘ordinary’ people have a real voice.

We envisage these examples falling in three broad categories (but are open to other ideas):

1. Alternative forms of economic management that enable workers, consumers, communities, farmers, for example, to have a voice. Examples could include the participation of workers or consumers on company boards, self-managed/autonomous work teams, community involvement in the allocation of development funds or the management of infrastructure, or more collaborative value chains.

2. Citizen voice in government economic policy-making: These examples might include participatory budgeting, citizens’ economic councils or even campaigns and activism that influence economic policy decisions.

3. Grassroots economic alternatives: People are not just waiting to be invited into processes led by others. Alternative forms of worker or consumer-owned enterprises, such as cooperatives, can be owned and managed by people for their own benefit. In addition, new models are emerging, often enabled by technology, in which people claim control over economic processes. These include local exchange networks and alternative currencies, for example.

For more information on the themes and on examples collected so far, see our Open Call at:

** Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2018 **
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Part 1 of 2: Describe your example
Please tell us about any exciting and unusual examples you know about, using the form below
Summary *
Briefly outline (500 characters max) what this case is about and why it is exciting
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Context / Background *
Describe the situation / problem / exclusion before this participation began
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Whose voices are heard?
Who are the ‘ordinary’ people who are involved?
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Who created and led this initiative? Who funds it? Who owns it?
Describe who was behind the initiative (for example an NGO, the government, a company or the community itself)
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How was participation achieved?
Describe the process in more detail: the methods / tools employed, how people were recruited / selected, how they interacted with each other.
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What were the outcomes of participation? *
Describe the change(s) that came about as a result
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What lessons were learned? *
Describe the key points that others in similar situations should bear in mind
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What are your plans for the next 6-12 months?
Describe any short-term activities and plans to develop this initiative and what those aim to achieve
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Supporting information
Please share any links (webpages, images, videos) that provide more information about this example and / or email any files to
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Where do you hope to go next?
Please let us know if you would like to get involved with IDS in further documenting this example (see the Open Call document signposted at the top of this page for more info).
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