Action Without Borders (listing of over 20,000 nongovernmental orgs)

The Brazilian Landless Workers Movement is the largest social movement in Latin America and one of the most successful grassroots movements in the world. Hundreds of thousands of landless peasants have taken onto themselves the task of carrying out a long-overdue land reform in a country mired by an overly skewed land distribution pattern. Less than 3% of the population owns two-thirds of Brasil's arable land.

Canadian Association for Studies in Cooperation The Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada promotes teaching, research, and scholarship in the humanities and social sciences and a better understanding of the importance of such work for Canada and the world. It values the advancement and dissemination of knowledge; it favours a work environment that promotes unimpeded research and teaching; it holds the conviction that knowledge, freedom, and democracy cannot thrive without one another.

Canadian Workers Cooperative Research Center - The Worker Cooperative Centre has four purposes. First is to conduct and publish worker cooperative research pertaining to development, leadership, decision making roles and gender involvement. The research began late in 1994 with worker coops in Nova Scotia and was expanded to all of Canada in 1996. This year it is extended beyond Canada. The research consists of interviews, focus groups with selected worker coops. The survey is available in French, English and Spanish.

Capital Ownership Group A informal association of people from 14 countries on 6 continents whose mission is to: create a coalition that promotes broadened ownership of productive capital; reduce inequality of income and wealth; increase sustainable economic growth; expand opportunities for people to realize their productive and creative potential; stabilize local communities by improving living standards; and enhance the quality of life for all.

The Center for Compatible Economic Development (CCED) - a distinct unit of The Nature Conservancy, works with communities to develop businesses, products and land uses that conserve ecosystems, enhance local economies and achieve community goals. CCED works with communities across the country, primarily Nature Conservancy field offices and their local partners, to create and implement new ideas for integrating environmental conservation with strategies for community and economic development.

Center For A New American Dream A not-for-profit membership-based organization, which helps people improve their quality of life and the environment, by assisting them in reducing and shifting their consumption. Working together, we they believe that individuals, communities, and businesses can establish sustainable practices that will ensure a healthy planet for future generations.

Center for Popular Economics - Since 1978, the Center for Popular Economics has provided workshops, trainings and publications that demystify economics and give social change advocates a framework for understanding the economy. We provide alternatives to mainstream and conservative analyses and put useful tools in the hands of people fighting for social change on local, national, and international levels.

Communities by Choice - A virtual community made up of people who want to see their communities develop sustainably. The site includes hundreds of resources to help people make sustainable decisions. Whether you are an individual who wants to learn how to reduce your home energy bills and cut back on global warming, a policymaker who is interested in how other communities are dealing with urban sprawl, a business owner who is striving to run a sustainable business, or a community group that needs tips on involving volunteers or planning projects, Communities by Choice has resources for you. Visit the site to request your free copy of Communities by Choice: An Introduction to Sustainable Community Development.

Cooperative Fund of New England A community development loan fund that is a bridge between socially responsible investors and cooperatives, community oriented non-profits, and worker-owned businesses in New England (and parts of New York).

COOPNET UPDATE Information Service on Cooperation

"Creating Learning Communities" - What will the educational system of the future be like? How will your children and grandchildren be educated? Do you want your children to become efficient workers, or empowered citizens capable of shaping the system they are part of? If you are a citizen concerned about these topics, then read - and become inspired by - our book.

Earth Island Institute - fosters the efforts of creative individuals by providing organizational support in developing projects for the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the global environment. EII provides activists the freedom to develop program ideas, supported by services to help them pursue those ideas, with a minimum of bureaucracy.

Eastwind Community Today, as in the past, many people are interested in creating an alternative society based on a vision of peace and social justice. Once thought to be a relic of the sixties, the communal living movement is enjoying renewed interest. There are now hundreds of "intentional communities" spread through-out North America. East Wind is one such community, owned, operated and governed by its members. All income and expenses are shared in common. We are located on 1045 acres of land in the beautiful Ozark mountains of southern Missouri. Presently we number about 65 adults and 11 children.

Economic Justice Network

Global Exchange: World wide travel opportunities

Institute for Local Self-Reliance a nonprofit research and educational organization that provides technical assistance and information on environmentally sound economic development strategies. Since 1974, ILSR has worked with citizen groups, governments and private businesses in developing policies that extract the maximum value from local resources.

Guardian Newsletter. The Guardian is a bi-monthly newsletter geared towards environmental action and service, involving service trips, research assistance, repairing hiking trails, wildlife habitat restoration and preservation, rebuilding of international communities, teaching languages to other cultures. Both print and on-line issues promote organizations and individuals dedicated to protecting the environment, and publish environmental articles, news, products and classifieds.

International Cooperative Alliance The ICA is an international non-governmental organisation which unites, represents and serves co-operatives worldwide. The ICA International Co-operative Web Site contains information on the International Co-operative Alliance, its aims and activities and information on the co-operative movement in different economic sectors: agriculture, banking, credit, consumer, energy, fisheries, housing, insurance, workers, tourism and health care, and from all continents as well as links to other sites and issues of interest to co-operators.

International Labor Organization-Cooperative Branch: "A cooperative is an association of persons who have voluntarily joined together to achieve a common end through the formation of a democratically controlled organization, making equitable contributions to the capital required and accepting a fair share of the risks and benefits of the undertaking in which the members actively participate."

Institute for Local Self-Reliance The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is a nonprofit research and educational organization that provides technical assistance and information on environmentally sound economic development strategies. Since 1974, ILSR has worked with citizen groups, governments and private businesses in developing policies that extract the maximum value from local resources.

Ithaca Hours Creating Community Economics with Local Currency

InterCambio -Virtual Center for Information and Knowledge Exchange in Support of Rural Development in Latin America —Latin America is changing rapidly. New policies, new technologies, and new institutions using new delivery systems have led to new approaches to rural development. Hundreds of public and private institutions and thousands of individuals are now working with rural communities promoting sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. A critical problem is that these development, research and policy institutions are not interconnected. Cost-effective mechanisms are needed to facilitate the exchange of information and knowledge. InterCambio was set up by the International Network for Farming Systems Research Methodology (RIMISP), a Latin American Production Systems Methodology Network, and INFORUM, an international NGO that supports electronic networking, in direct response to this need.

Learning CommunitiesThis is a companion list to CCL-LLCs. It purpose is to discuss the concepts of the book "Creating Learning Communities" [link above].

Left Business Observer

The Long Island Progressive Coalition is a grassroots, community-based organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development, revitalizing local communities, enhancing human dignity, creating effective democracy, and achieving economic and social justice.

The McAuley Institute - is a national nonprofit that is working to provide decent, affordable housing for low-income people, especially women and children.

Movement for Beloved Community

National Center for Employee Ownership A private, nonprofit membership and research organization that serves as the leading source of accurate, unbiased information on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), broadly granted employee stock options, and employee participation programs.

Ohio Employee Ownership Center The Ohio Employee Ownership Center (OEOC) is a non-profit, university-based program established in 1987 to provide outreach, information, and preliminary technical assistance to Ohio employees and business owners interested in exploring employee ownership.

Oregon PeaceWorks - is a decade old organization. We started out as a "peace" group but, as we've grown and matured, we've come to realize that "peace" must be defined in its broadest sense. Consequently, while two of our focuses continue to be nuclear nonproliferation and reductions in military spending, we now work in the areas of environmental protection, economic justice and community-based development, human rights and social justice.

Ownership Associates, Inc. Ownership Associates is a consulting firm providing services to employee-ownership companies and others interested in employe ownership. Our training, assessment,communications and organizational design services grow out of a long-term, systematic study of ownership culture. Ownership Associates also serves as a strategic advisor to both sellers and employee groups interested in pursuing employee ownership. Our on-line resource library contains tools and applied research on employee ownership. This site also introduces our fee-based services, designed to help employee-ownership companies achieve the greatest return on the investment they are making in employee ownership.

Planners Network The Planners Network is an association of professionals, activists, academics, and students involved in physical, social, economic and environmental planning in urban and rural areas, who promote fundamental change in our political and economic system.

The Progress Report Part of the Economic Justice Network

Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide. - "Building the Capacity of a New Movement for Social and Economic Justice", 9 Gammon Ave. Ph: 404.622.0602, Atlanta, GA 30315 Fax: 404.622.7992email:

Proutist Universal: Prout stands for Progressive Utilization Theory. It is a theory that gives precedence to human values above institutional or economic values. Its economic theory calls for decentralization, maximum utilization and rational distribution of all resources, economic democracy etc.

Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives North Dakota.

Resources For Human Development, Inc A large, diversified social service nonprofit organization, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but we are currently sponsoring human service programs in a total of nine states.

Shared Capitalism Institute: a site which draws heavily on Jeff Gates' books -- the Ownerhsip Solution, and Democracy at Risk (out this April). It's got a lot of information about wealth and income inequality and a number of solutions, including employee ownership, community ownership, consumer ownerhsip.

Study Circles Resource Center SCRC carries out this mission by helping communities organize study circles small-group, democratic, peer-led discussions that give people opportunities to make a difference in their communities.

Sustainable Alternatives to the Global Economy This site is intended to provide you with a basic overview of our work. It includes information about our organization, accomplishments, and campaigns.

Sustainable America - Sustainable America (SA) is now in its fourth year of operation. SA has180+ members that are geographically and racially diverse representing many social change traditions. SA’s goal is to make America a place where: diverse and strong local and regional economies reign; industry engages in sustainable resource use; and good jobs with family supporting wages are available to all. SA's vision is to create "new economies" in the United States by implementing sustainable economic development models in metropolitan and rural regions of the country.

United for a Fair Economy United for a Fair Economy is a national, independent, nonpartisan organization that puts a spotlight on the dangers of growing income, wage and wealth inequality in the United States and coordinates action to reduce the gap. We provide popular education resources, work with grassroots organizations, conduct research, and support creative and legislative action to reduce inequality.

Univ. of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives

Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation WHIDC's BO$$ program provides a wide variety of assistance to small and micro-entrepreneurs in northern Manhattan (NYC), including the operation of two loan funds, one for micro-businesses and the oter for small minority- and woman-owned contracting firms. We also operate a daily vendors market in our community.

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