Real Economy Lab (REL) is a new collaborative investigation systematically exploring, mapping, and articulating a practical, sustainable, equitable economy as it unfolds around the globe. The aim of the lab is to build a participatory platform which provides a unifying picture of the projects, ideas, movements and networks offering viable alternatives to a faltering status quo, and to present this as a compelling case for wider coordination and support by all stakeholders. We invite you to take part!
An increasing array of practitioners and thinkers are working towards a new economic system. How can the groups and organisations carrying out these efforts be mapped? What are their connections? How might they better recognize and achieve common goals? The first step involves turning to prominent groups in the field and asking: what matters to your work, what are your ambitions, and how are you trying to accomplish your aims?
The following questions invite you to plot the work of your organisation or group against a series of lenses. The responses and indeed the lenses are not set in stone, but will provide a basis to start building towards a better understanding of how the different players in the broad field relate and interact.
Resulting data will be used to create infographic and graph-based visualizations for distribution by the REL team under Creative Commons license. Names of individual respondents are not included in published materials, and data will not be presented as an official position of the organisation in question. Responses may be adapted and integrated with parallel research for consistency during analysis. We welcome and encourage your thinking around the questions, definitions, and the surveying process more generally. The next phase of the project centers around the development of an interactive online platform and large scale open enquiry process for cumulative knowledge sharing and coalition building.
REL is a project initiated by Jules Peck, with support from Fondation Charles Leopold Mayer, New Economics Foundation, Transition Network, and Metamaps.cc - read more at http://realeconomylab.org/blog