The next economy needs YOU!


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Have you ever wondered what the 'next economy' actually looks like today? Would you find it helpful to have one place you could go to to see all the organisations around the world who are innovating and experimenting with 'next economy' practice and thinking? Would you like to be able to see what they are doing, how, why and with who? If so then you've come to the right place because we are building just such a resource to be the heart of a growing conversation and set of collaborations across the next economy.

But we need your help. We need suggestions of organizations you think we should include in our next round of the Real Economy Lab next economy ecosystem mapping.

In our first (proof-of-concept) survey we went out to 150 organisations and had around 50 full survey responses which then populated the database which supports the data visualisation ecosystem-mapping.

You can view the list of organisations we contacted for the first round beta test of the ecosystem-mapping here and the next survey here.

In our second survey round we plan to have another 200 responses to populate a much richer ecosystem-map and so will aim to send the survey to perhaps 400 contacts - for that we need suggestions of organizations to connect with and survey.

What we would like from you

It would be great if you would be able to send us names of organizations (and ideally contact details for someone we can connect with) for any organizations you feel should be included in the survey and output ecosystem-maps - any organisation which you feel is an innovator or change-maker in the next economy space.

Or perhaps you can tweet or send on this blog encouraging organizations to take the next survey here.

We very much hope you can help us build this crucial resource to help empower the next economy.

More about the Lab

The purpose of the Real Economy Lab is to build understanding and awareness of alternative ways of running and designing a next economy and to be a facilitator and connector of next economy change-agents, to join the dots and create the conditions for convergence across the next economy ecosystem.

At the heart of the REL online platform is an evolving, innovative, highly visual and interactive network map of the evolving next economy ecosystem. This next economy involves a rich array of innovations and experiments as diverse as the caring economy, the sharing economy, the provisioning economy, the restorative economy, the regenerative economy, the sustaining economy, the collaborative economy, the solidarity economy, the steady-state economy, the gift economy, the resilient economy, the participatory economy, the new economy, and the many, many organizations engaged in related activities.

The Real Economy Lab (REL) has been surveying the landscape and identifying the linkages between these diverse initiatives and is building an interactive platform where the cumulative knowledge, aims, and resources of these movements can be drawn together in order to seek common ground and drive coordinated action.

If you would like more information about the survey please feel free to contact Jules Peck on