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The Summer Foundation Initiatives Database

On our website we'd like to show initiatives of people who are committed to making the world a more free, equal and solidary place. Use the search option on the right to find initiatives that match your interest. Do you know of an initiative or are you involved in one that is missing here? Please submit your initiative here: Submit an initiative



Initiatives 165

Le Léman

The Léman, Geneva’s local currency, was born in 2015 in Lake Geneva´s region. It is a... more information

Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization operating in more than 70 countries to conserve... more information

Share The World's Resources (STWR)

Less than one-quarter of the world's people, those who live in the developed countries of both West and... more information


Freitaler  My City. My Economy.   The implementation of many complementary currencies* was an... more information

Development Trust

Development trusts are part of the community and social enterprise movement and are enterprises created by... more information

Community Enterprise

A community enterprise is a specialized form of community-based organization that has both commercial and social... more information

Oikopolis SA

Based in Luxembourg, Oikopolis is an integrated platform involved in producing, wholesaling and retailing... more information


TradeXchange, founded in The Netherlands in 2002, is a membership-based online business-to-business (B2B) barter... more information

Democracy International

Democracy International wants people to have the final political power. In this view, Democracy International... more information

The Chain Collaborative

The Chain Collaborative, a nonprofit organization based in New York, serves as an intermediary between farmers,... more information

Curto Café

Curto Café, an innovative coffee shop in downtown Rio de Janeiro, is a bit different than most coffee... more information

Sardex Srl

Many new forms of money are developing and emerging from the economic crises, the Sardex being one of them.... more information

Cooperative Business New Zealand

While there is only a small number of cooperatives in New Zealand and most fly under the radar, the contribution... more information

Natural Capital Coalition

The 2014 Living Planet Report of the World Wide Fund for Nature states that for humanity to maintain its current... more information

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) is a global initiative focused on “making... more information


The challenges of the 21st century are immense. To meet them, we need radical transformation of current... more information

Conservation International

Conservation International (CI) is a global "human" non-profit organization that helps to build a... more information

Stockwood Community Benefit Society (CBS)

Stockwood Community Benefit Society (CBS), a community owned trust created in June 2014, was founded to protect... more information

Meer Democratie

In the beginning of 2015 a group of Dutch citizens founded 'Meer Democratie' (‘More... more information

Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County

  Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County (HLTSC) is a private, non-profit corporation established in February... more information

Electronics Watch

Electronics Watch works to protect the labour rights of workers in the global electronics industry. They do this... more information

Noabershop Assen

The Noabershop (meaning “the neighbourshop” in one of the many Dutch dialects) is a private... more information


BIEN, founded in 1986, originally stood for Basic Income European Network, but in 2004 the organization changed... more information

The Countrymen (De Landgenoten)

The Countrymen (De Landgenoten) is a Belgian organization that purchases agricultural land for organic farmers... more information

Growing Communities

Growing Communities is a community-led organization based in Hackney, North London, which is trying to provide a... more information

Community Land Trust Brussels

Brussels Community Land Trust (CLT) realizes homes on community land. The initiative is a response to the... more information

European Water Movement

The European Water Movement (EWM) is a network that works to reinforce the recognition of water as a commons and... more information


ATTAC is an international organization that campaigns for the regulation of financial markets, the closure of... more information


An equal say and an equal chance for all: that is the motto of Dēmos, a public policy organization in the... more information


FoodGuerrilla promotes healthy, honest and sustainable food. They do so by connecting farmers, consumers, food... more information

Food MythBusters

Food MythBusters is a web based organization that highlights “the real story about what we eat”.... more information

Kredietunie en de Vereniging Samenwerkende Kredietunies (VSK) (Credit Union)

Due to the sharpened credit policies of banks, it has become increasingly difficult for small businesses to... more information


CoFED helps campus communities to develop strong cooperatively-run food businesses that give students and... more information

Food & Water Watch

All humans need food and water, but free access to these life sources is not always guaranteed. Food & Water... more information

Public Banking Institute

Public Banking Institute (PBI) envisions a transformed monetary and banking system that functions in the public... more information

The Working World

“I’m in it for the money”, might be the slogan of the average investor, but this is not the... more information

Schumacher Center for a New Economics

The Schumacher Center for a New Economics (SCNE) is supporting all those who wish to work towards a new economy... more information

Corporate Accountability International

Corporate Accountability International (established in 1977) works to end irresponsible and dangerous corporate... more information


Shareable is a network organization, established in the USA in 2009, that promotes the art of sharing. The... more information

Slow Money

Slow Money is a movement that promotes investments in local ecological farms and food enterprises. Their slogan:... more information

Cooperation Jackson

Cooperation Jackson is an emerging cooperative network of interconnected yet independent institutions including... more information

Soil for Life

What do you do when you have barely enough money to buy your own food? You start growing it yourself. This is... more information


The city of Baltimore in the United States has an alternative currency called the BNote. Instead of using... more information

Cooperative Development Institute

The Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) supports existing co-operations and people who want to launch a... more information

Association of Conscious Consumers (ACC) - Tudatos Vásárlók Egyesülete

The Hungarian Association of Conscious Consumers (ACC) aims to create awareness and changes on the effects of... more information

US Federation of Worker Coops

The United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives is a national grassroots membership organization of worker... more information

New Economy Coalition

The New Economy Coalition was founded in 1980 as the E.F. Schumacher Society by Robert Swann and Susan Witt. In... more information


SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations) is an independent not-for-profit research and... more information


The Flemish North South Movement 11-11-11 is committed to the fight against poverty in developing countries. The... more information

Global Justice Now

Have you ever wondered why despite decades of aid more than a billion people still live on less than a dollar a... more information


Both ENDS supports people and organizations in developing countries that are working on a local level in the... more information

Democracia Real YA!

‘Democracia Real YA!’, Spanish for ‘Real Democracy NOW!’, is a grassroots citizens'... more information

Equal Exchange

Equal Exchange is a worker-owned cooperative that specializes in fair trade. Its mission is to transform the... more information

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign Group, working to expose and challenge the... more information

Alternative Trade Mandate Alliance

The Alternative Trade Mandate Alliance is an alliance of more than 50 European civil society organizations. The... more information

Loomio - Collaborative decision-making platform

Loomio, a New Zealand technology co-operative, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, has developed a... more information

It’s Our Economy

“It’s Our Economy” is dedicated to changing the dynamic of the current economy designed for... more information


Oikocredit is a worldwide cooperative and social investor, which provides micro credit to fair trade... more information

Shared Interest

Shared Interest Foundation is an ethical investment co-operative that has been investing in fair trade since... more information


Kiva is an American non-profit organization founded in 2005 that makes it possible via its website... more information

Liter of Light

Hundreds of millions of people worldwide live in informal settlements. Many of these chock-a-block dwellings... more information

Care Cooperative Hoogeloon

In Hoogeloon, a small Dutch village with 2,100 residents, they know how to take care of themselves and look... more information

Equal Opportunity Model

The Equal Opportunity Model (EOM) is a new economic model developed by Dutch entrepreneur Diederik van Duyn. The... more information


NAAM is an organization that promotes self-governance and supports local farmers and village communities in... more information

Seikatsu Club

The “Seikatsu Club Consumers’ Co-operative Union” (SCCCU) is a Japanese federation of consumer... more information


CECOSESOLA is a hierarchy-free, solidary association of cooperatives in the Lara district in Venezuela, with the... more information

Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement

The Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement promotes self-governance in Sri Lanka. The organization has provided... more information

Sustainable Food Trust

Sustainable Food Trust (SFT) envisions a future with a fair and sustainable food system, which is able to feed... more information


  SumOfUs is a global movement of consumers, workers and shareholders that wishes to counterbalance the... more information

TimeBanks USA

TimeBanks USA supports approximately 400 Time Banks in the USA. Time Banking is a medium of exchange, that uses... more information

Zero Waste International Alliance

Working towards a world without waste! The Zero Waste International Alliance has been established to promote... more information

The Story of Stuff Project

"The Story of Stuff Project" is a movement with more than 500,000 members. The organisation strives... more information

Global Footprint Network

The Global Footprint Network is a nonprofit research organisation, whose programmes are designed to influence... more information


‘Talente’ is a Local Exchange and Trading Scheme (LETS) based in the region of Vorarlberg (Austria),... more information


SoNantes is a barter system, designed for small businesses in the French city of Nantes , which use it to... more information


The Makkie is a reward scheme in the Makassar-square neighbourhood, part of the Amsterdam East District. The... more information


As of 1 August 2013 the Dutch (port) city Rotterdam has a new electronic currency : the Dam. Entrepreneurs... more information

Blaengarw Time Centre

In Blaengarw, a small town in South Wales in the United Kingdom, “time is money!” but then in... more information


RES is a regional payment system founded in 1995 in Belgium by entrepreneur Walther Smets. It was originally set... more information

Brixton Pound

In 2008 a group of local people in the Town of Brixton, part of the emerging Transition Towns movement, decided... more information

True Price ™

True Price™ is a non-profit organization that helps front-running companies uncover social and ecological... more information

Fairtrade International

Fairtrade International is the organization that promotes and coordinates Fairtrade labelling at an... more information

Lewes Pound

The Lewes Pound is a local currency in use in the town of Lewes, East Sussex. Inspired by the Totnes Pound and... more information

Permanent Culture Now

Permanent Culture Now wants to move away from an unsustainable culture, based on endless consumption, towards a... more information

On The Commons

On The Commons (OTC) is a movement strategy center founded in 2001. OTC is founded for people who seek to help... more information

Verein Soziale Ökonomie Basel / NetzBon

The Social Economy Network Cooperative Basel (Verein Soziale Ökonomie Basel) is a local and regional... more information

Totnes Pound

The Totnes Pound is an alternative local currency intended to support the local economy of Totnes, a town in... more information


PELUM (Participatory Ecological Land Use Management) Association is a network of Civil Society Organizations /... more information

Consumers International

Consumers International (CI) is the world federation of consumer groups that, working together with its members,... more information

World Future Council

The World Future Council brings the interests of future generations to the center of policy making. The World... more information

Green Economy Coalition

The Green Economy Coalition (GEC) is a global network of organisations committed to accelerating a transition to... more information

Value for people

Value for People exists to spread best practice in local currencies (also known as regional currencies,... more information

Community Economies Collective

The Community Economies Collective (CEC) is an ongoing collaboration between academic and community researchers... more information

Bristol Pound

The Bristol Pound (£B) is a form of local alternative currency launched in Bristol, UK on 19 September... more information


ClientEarth is a leading European environmental law organisation. The organization consists of activists,... more information


CEE Bankwatch Network is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) with member organisations from... more information

World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute (WRI) promotes sustainable development and advances social equity, in the believe that... more information

International Co-operative Alliance

The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) is an independent, non-governmental organisation that unites,... more information

Global Alliance for Banking on Values

Founded in 2009, the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) is an independent network of banks and banking... more information

Banco Palmas

Banco Palmas is a Brazilian community bank founded in 1998 in Conjunto Palmeiras, a neighborhood of 32,000... more information

Terre de Liens

Removing land from the commodity market and enabling organic farmers to settle in good conditions. That is what... more information

Spice Innovations Limited

Spice is a social enterprise that develops timebanking systems for communities and public services that engage... more information


GRAIN (Genetic Resources Action International)  is a small international non-profit organisation that works... more information

Friends of the Earth International

Friends of the Earth International is the world's largest grassroots environmental network, uniting... more information

Gaia Foundation

The Gaia Foundation is committed to reviving and protecting cultural and biological diversity and aims to... more information

Forum for the Future

Forum for the Future, founded in 1996, is an independent non-profit organisation globally cooperating with... more information

Transition Network

The mission of Transition Network is to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they adopt... more information

Community Forge

Community Forge is an international, non-profit 100% volunteer association based in Geneva that promotes... more information

Positive Money

Positive Money is a movement to democratise money and banking so that it works for society and not against... more information

Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS)

The Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) is emerging as a global hub of inquiries, teaching, and... more information

Center for Food Safety

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy membership... more information

Community Currencies in Action

The Community Currencies in Action project (CCIA) is a transnational partnership working to develop and deliver... more information

Waterkeeper Alliance

Waterkeeper Alliance is the fastest growing global environmental movement uniting more than 250 Waterkeeper... more information


Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to... more information


The Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) charts the changing legal territory of the new economy, educating... more information


BerkShares are a local currency issued through BerkShares, Inc. a place-based, democratically structured... more information


The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, BALLE is situated in North America. Fostering the emergence of... more information


The New Economics Foundation (NEF) is an independent think-and-do tank. The aim of the organization is to... more information

La Via Campesina

La Via Campesina is an international movement which brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-size... more information


The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) is a growing network of sustainable communities and initiatives that bridge... more information

Slow Food

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking... more information

Pachamama Alliance

Pachamama Alliance is committed to empowering the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador to... more information


Chiemgauer is the name of a regional local currency that started in 2003 in Prien am Chiemsee, Bavaria, Germany.... more information


XES promotes cooperative work, fair trading, responsible consumption, ethical finance and social currency, the... more information


TAOA (There Are Other Alternatives) supports and promotes the development of social and complementary currencies... more information

Barefoot College

The Barefoot College was founded in 1972 by Bunker Roy as a Social Work and Research Centre (SWRC). It was... more information

Sydney LETS

Sydney LETS (Local Energy Trading System) is a community trading network comprising individuals, businesses and... more information

Common Welfare Economy

The Common Welfare Economy movement understands itself as an initiator and inspirational force for far-reaching... more information


Navdanya is an Indian organization, founded in 1987 by scientist and environmental activist dr. Vandana Shiva.... more information

Bricks and Bread Sustainable Living Centre

Bricks and Bread is a collaborative venture that shares resources to help develop businesses into sustainable,... more information

ESOP Association

The Employee Stock Ownership Plan Association (ESOP Association) is a national non-profit association for the... more information

Stiftung Edith Maryon

Stiftung Edith Maryon is a Swiss non-profit foundation that takes real estate out of the ‘free... more information

Economy Transformers

Economy Transformers (ET) was founded in 2009 by Damaris Matthijsen, and is now a network of about 500... more information

Bethex Federal Credit Union

Founded in 1970, Bethex Federal Credit Union is a non-profit cooperative institution that offers affordable... more information


Spaice is a new UK company, to be launched in the course of 2012. It sells computer, office and stationary... more information

Lazuur Food Community

Lazuur Food Community’s philosophy is: provide good food, in a way that is good for everyone, with respect... more information

De Korenmaat

De Korenmaat ((The Bushel) is an organic and bio-dynamic food store located in Zeist. It prefers to work with an... more information

Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX)

Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) is a Singapore-based organization with a mission to provide Social... more information

De Blauwe Bloem

De Blauwe Bloem (The Blue Flower) is an organic and biodynamic grocery shop in Gent, Belgium. The shop aims to... more information

Unternimm die Zukunft

Unternimm die Zukunft (Untertake the Future) is a campaign for the introduction of the unconditional basic... more information

Triodos Bank

The Triodos Bank, an of origin Dutch bank, was founded in 1980 and is specialized in ethical and sustainable... more information


Qoin is a pioneering social enterprise based in Amsterdam, providing a broad set of services on all aspects of... more information

WIR Bank

The WIR Wirtschaftsring-Genossenschaft (later: WIR Bank) was founded in 1934 to provide a way for small and... more information

Think OutWord

Think OutWord is a peer-led learning community of young people (including the young-at-heart) who want to... more information


STRO develops regional economic systems that create fair chances for the poor. STRO implements these local, and... more information

Stichting Sleipnir

With Stichting Sleipnir as a silent partner, entrepreneurs from seven companies work together without building... more information

Stichting Grondbeheer

Stichting Grondbeheer (Land Trust Foundation) is an independent foundation that buys agricultural land and... more information


SEKEM is a multicultural company, where people from different nationalities, different cultural and religious... more information

RSF Social Finance

RSF Social Finance is a non-profit financial services organization offering investing, lending, and... more information

Referendum Platform

The Referendum Platform is a small foundation that promotes the use of direct democracy (initiative and... more information

Mulukanoor Co-operative Society

The Mulukanoor Co-operative Society (full name: Mulukanoor Co-operative Rural Bank and Marketing Society Ltd)... more information


The basis of Mondragon Corporation, a large federation of worker cooperatives, was laid by the Catholic priest... more information

Mehr Demokratie

Mehr Demokratie (More Democracy) is an association campaigning for the introduction of direct democracy (binding... more information

Karnataka Milk Federation

Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) is the second largest dairy co-operative in India. At the local level, the... more information

JAK Members’ Bank

JAK Members’ Bank is a co-operative bank that believes it is unethical to lend money against... more information

GLS Gemeinschaftsbank

The GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG was founded in 1974 to provide credit to companies and other initiatives with high... more information

Estafette Odin

Estafette Odin is a chain organisation by and for cooperating producers, retailers, wholesalers and consumers in... more information

The goal of the association (Democracy Now) is to introduce democracy on all political levels by... more information

CIC Insurance Group

CIC Insurance Group was founded in 1978 as the Co-operative Insurance Company of Kenya. It is the only... more information

Centre for Associative Economics

The Centre for Associative Economics (CfAE) was founded in 2000 with the goal of promoting associative economics... more information

Hawthorne Valley Center for Social Research

The Hawthorne Valley Center for Social Research (CSR) is an independent "think and do" tank that... more information


The Dutch BroodFondsMakers (Bread Fund Makers) offer guidance to networks of self-employed people who would like... more information

Asociacion de Bananeros Organicos Solidarios

Within the Asociacion de Bananeros Organicos Solidarios (BOS), almost 400 small banana farmers with 326 hectares... more information

Banco Credicoop

In 1979, 44 local Argentine credit unions decided to merge into one co-operative non-profit bank, Banco... more information

Alvarado Street Bakery

The Alvarado Street Bakery was founded in 1979 as part of a small food cooperative in Santa Rosa, California. A... more information