Toolkit//Resourcing Your Community: How To Sustain Social Movements Through Community Provision 

This toolkit offers an opportunity to explore avenues to resourcing movements outside of grant funding which can create a healthier distance from institutional philanthropy and push the work of African, Afrodescendent and Black social movements into greater freedom and fewer restrictions.

Download the Resourcing Your Community: How To Sustain Social Movements Through Community Provision toolkit.

This toolkit offers an opportunity to explore avenues to resourcing movements outside of grant funding which can create a healthier distance from institutional philanthropy and push the work of African, Afrodescendent and Black social movements into greater freedom and fewer restrictions.

Drawing on the wisdom of four case studies, and an in depth analysis of capitalism, meritocracy and trust and risk as a foundational principles of wealth redistribution, it explores how communities can, do and have pooled funds to sustain essential community work locally, regionally and transnationally.

We at Decolonising Economics have long been dreaming of research on liberatory economic practices that exist within Black and People of Colour communities in the UK, and were beyond elated by the release of this crucial toolkit. 

Solidarity Economics has a long history and legacy in communities of colour, yet the hegemony of orthodox mainstream economics has obscured these vital and pluralistic  approaches to economics. This toolkit highlights Black led economic thought and concrete practice that rarely gets platformed in economic innovation. 

We’re excited to be able to host the toolkit on Decolonising Economics’ website, as a vital resource for building a discourse around pluralistic approaches to economics and the value of African economic thought and practice.

Want to learn more about THE RESOURCING YOUR COMMUNITY toolkit?

You are invited to join a conversation between Decolonising Economics and Zahra Dalilah, author of Resourcing Your Community: How to sustain social movements through community provisioning. 

When: Thursday 20th October, 6-7pm (online).

VIDEOS//Decolonising Futures

In our four-part series, Decolonising Futures, we explore how embracing “economics from the margins” supports our collective organising strategies towards a Just Transition.

From reparations as a strategy for collective healing, to the economics of queerness, we had the honour to connect with so many brilliant community organisers, artists and practitioners delivering Just Transition work. 

The events were aimed at anyone who is ready to explore some of the deeper and more nuanced truths around structural racism that we often miss in our racial justice organising strategies and practices.

Racial Hierarchies: Caste, Class and Capitalism

Community organisers Nish, Claude Hendrickson and Kelsey explore caste, class and capitalism in the first talk of our Decolonising Futures series.

They look at the historical roles that racialised communities have played in facilitating white-dominance, to the impact on wealth inequality in the UK and globally.

Resourcing Reparations: Investing in Collective Healing

Racial justice organisers Yvonne Blake, Penny Wangari-Jones and Esther Stanford Xosei are working to popularise the idea of reparations through their organising and campaigning. 

In the second part of Decolonising Futures, they explore how colonial exploitation has impacted the wealth of communities of colour and the stories of resistance and mobilisation towards reparative justice. 

Caring for Every Body: Organising Towards Disability Justice

Disability justice organisers Jumoke and Kym from the Triple Cripples explore the history of disabled rights, colonialism and ‘rise and grind’ culture in the third part of Decolonising Futures.

They cover the origins of colonial mindsets that put different values over some people’s bodies, while labelling others as disposable. 

The Economics of Queerness: How Colonialism Shaped Sexuality and Gender

In the final part of Decolonising Futures, QTBPOC community organisers June Bellebono,  Amardeep Singh Dhillon and artist Evan Ifekoya explore the relationship between capitalism and the constructs of sexuality and gender.

They discuss how homophobia and transphobia are colonial legacies alongside reimagining our queer economic futures. 

More about Decolonising Futures:

Part of our work at Decolonising Economics is supporting organisers committed to racial justice in divesting from the Extractive Economy and investing in the Living Economy. 

This series supports the launch of our Crowdfunder for our 2021-22 programme: Investing in BPOC-led Solidarity Economics.

Illustrations of Decolonising Futures speakers by the RAD Mural Co-operative.

We hope you take away as much insight and richness as we did from these conversations.