New Initiatives in Finance and Economics

This list of Groups was updated in April 2015

New Economy Coalition
89 South Street, Suite 406
Boston, MA  02111  USA

The New Economy Coalition (NEC) is a network of organizations imagining and building a future where people, communities, and ecosystems thrive. Together, we are creating deep change in our economy and politics—placing power in the hands of people and uprooting legacies of harm—so that a fundamentally new system can take root.


Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy
5101 S. 11th Street
Arlington, VA 22204

The mission of CASSE is to advance the steady state economy, with stabilized population and consumption, as a policy goal with widespread public support. This is accomplished by:
• educating citizens, organizations, and policy makers on the conflict between economic growth and (1) environmental protection, (2) ecological and economic sustainability, and (3) national security and international stability;
• promoting the steady state economy as a desirable alternative to economic growth;
• studying the means to establish a steady state economy.

TOES (The Other Economic Summit)
The Other Economic Summit NA
2111 Mt. Vernon St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130

TOES promotes economics which incorporate the sustainable use of natural resources and the productive engagement of all people in the development of their communities and societies. It addresses the disarray in conventional economics by helping to bring such economic thinking into line with late twentieth century realities.


RSF Social Finance
1002A O’Reilly Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129

RSF Social Finance (RSF) is a pioneering non-profit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. In partnership with a community of investors and donors, RSF provides capital to non-profit and for-profit social enterprises addressing key issues in the areas of Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship. RSF was founded in 1936 as the Rudolf Steiner Foundation.


Charles Eisenstein
Author of The Ascent of Humanity,  Sacred Economics, and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible


Michael Edwards

Michael Edwards is an independent writer and activist based in upstate New York who is affiliated with the New York-based think-tank Demos, and the Brooks World Poverty Institute at Manchester University in the UK. His writings have helped to shape a more critical appreciation of the global role of philanthropy and civil society, and to break down barriers between researchers and activists across the world.


The Soul of Money Institute
#3 Fifth Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118

Founded in 2003 by Lynne Twist, the Soul of Money Institute is a center for exploring and sharing the best practices, theories, and attitudes that enable people to relate to money and the money culture with greater freedom, power, and effectiveness.


Schumacher Center for New Economics
140 Jug End Rd.
Great Barrington, MA 01230 USA

Our mission is to educate the public about an economics that supports both people and the planet. We believe that a fair and sustainable economy is possible and that citizens working for the common interest can build systems to achieve it. We recognize that the environmental and equity crises we now face have their roots in the current economic system. We combine theoretical research on economics with practical application, deliberately focusing on transformative systems and the principles that guide them.


John Bloom

The new economic story is rooted in the incontrovertible reality of interdependence—social, ecological, and spiritual. At the same time, the new story honors cultural freedom and equality in matters political.


Reinventing Money

Thomas H. (Tom) Greco, Jr. is a community and monetary economist, writer, networker, and consultant, who, for almost three decades, has been working at the leading edge of transformational restructuring. A former college professor, he is currently Director of the non-profit Community Information Resource Center, a networking hub, which provides information access and administrative support for efforts in community improvement, social justice, and sustainability.

He is regarded as one of the leading experts in monetary theory and history, credit clearing systems, complementary currencies, and community economic development, He is a patron and contributor to Fourth World Review and has written for a wide range of other journals including, The Whole Earth Review, World Business Academy Perspectives, At Work, Earth Island Journal, The Catholic Worker, The Permaculture Activist, Permaculture Drylands Journal, Green Revolution, and other publications.


IRTA (International Reciprocal Trade Association)
524 Middle Street
Portsmouth, Virginia 23704

The International Reciprocal Trade Association, IRTA, is a non-profit organization committed to promoting just and equitable standards of practice and operation within the modern trade and barter and alternative capital systems Industry and raising the awareness and value of these processes to the entire Worldwide Community.

The mission of IRTA is to provide to all Industry Members with an ethically based global organization dedicated to the advancement of Modern Trade and Barter and other alternative capital systems, through the use of education, self regulation, high standards and government relations.


Jacob Needleman

Jacob Needleman is Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University. He is the author of The New Religions, a pioneering study of the new American spirituality, The Wisdom of Love, Money and the Meaning of Life, and among other books.


STO (Social Trade Organization)

The purpose of the Social TRade Network of projects is: "To develop and promote sustainable economic models for a world full of development opportunities, high quality of life, cultural and environmental diversity, based on sustainable production and consumption.”


The Old Bakehouse
United Kingdom
OX10 9NU

James Robertson is a writer and thinker on a wide range of issues, including the key idea of monetary reform. He was involved in the foundation of the New Economics Foundation.

P O Box 341
Kent CT4 8GA

'Associative economics' refers to the shift from competitive, national economies to the inherent dynamics of a single global economy. The aim of the Centre is to contribute to an understanding of how and why this shift can and needs to be made today if the underlying causes of the world?s growing inequities are to be addressed.
Established in 2001 as a focus for associative economics in the English-speaking world, the Centre provides opportunities for a worldwide collaboration. Coordinated jointly by Dr. Christopher Houghton Budd and Arthur Edwards, its activities are both conceptual and practical in scope, including promotion of the Quality Guarantee Mark, a unique scheme to facilitate adoption of an associative approach to economic life.


nef (the new economics foundation)
3 Jonathan Street
SE11 5NH

nef (the new economics foundation) is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being.

It aims to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues. It works in partnership and puts people and the planet first.

nef was founded in 1986 by the leaders of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) which forced issues such as international debt onto the agenda of the G7 and G8 summits.

nef works with all sections of society in the UK and internationally - civil society, government, individuals, businesses and academia - to create more understanding and strategies for change.



Bernard Lietaer, author of The Future of Money (translated in 18 languages), is an international expert in the design and implementation of currency systems. He has studied and worked in the field of money for more than 30 years in an unusually broad range of capacities including as a Central Banker, a fund manager, a university professor, and a consultant to governments in numerous countries, multinational corporations, and community organizations. He co-designed and implemented the convergence mechanism to the single European currency system (the Euro) and served as president of the Electronic Payment System at the National Bank of Belgium (the Belgian Central Bank). He co-founded and managed GaiaCorp, a top performing currency fund whose profits funded investments in environmental projects. A former professor of International Finance at the University of Louvain, he has also taught at Sonoma State University and Naropa University. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Resources of the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a member of the Club of Rome, a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, the World Business Academy, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Bernard Lietaer has written numerous books and articles about money systems, including Of Human Wealth (forthcoming, 2011), Monnaies Régionales (2008), and The Mystery of Money (2000).



According to those involved in the Metacurrency Project, there are phase changes in social evolution that are driven by the advent of new technologies. Thus, the invention of writing enabled the jump from small scale tribal society to large scale urban civilizations. The invention of the printing press enabled the jump from monarchic to democratic society. In each of these cases, the technology solved particular problems of the era, but then become a platform for a much larger context of development. It is therefore the intention of those involved in the Metacurrency Project to build new kinds of social structures that design away the problem of the current era, and similarly become a platform for new emergence.



Slow Money catalyzes the flow of capital to local food enterprises and organic farms, connecting investors to the places where they live and “bringing money back down to earth.”



Fair trade is an alternative approach to conventional trade based on a partnership between producers and traders, businesses and consumers. The international Fairtrade system—made up of Fairtrade International and its member organizations—represents the world’s largest and most recognized fair trade system.



Effective altruism is a growing social movement founded on the desire to make the world as good a place as it can be, the use of evidence and reason to find out how to do so, and the audacity to actually try.



A global movement to democratise money so that it works for society and not against it. The movement is a coalition of not-for-profit campaigns  are working to tackle an issue that is at the root of many of the social and economic problems that we're facing today. National organizations include: Positive Money, Sensitive Money and Fair Money. 


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