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Community finance briefing #5: the canvas overview

Posted by steve on April 13, 2013

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The community finance canvas consists of a set of community building blocks, each with a set of questions. The purpose of the canvas is to help you design your sustainable community and get to a stage where you can start to produce a financial plan. The canvas can be printed out or copied onto large paper and hung on the wall or spread out over a large table. When going through the canvas we let our imaginations produce a picture of how the community could be when it is fully developed.

To view the full canvas download it here.

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Community finance briefing #4: the object method

Posted by steve on December 12, 2012

This edition of the briefing takes you through the planning process where you identify key objects, what they deliver and how they integrate with each other as well as the costs and revenues associated with them. The object method is a neat, structured way of putting the high -level design on the table for all of you to discuss and brainstorm around. And as you will see later, it is a great help with producing the business plan.

Download this latest edition here! newsletterfp#4_objects

Update to Financial Planning Canvas: download now!

Posted by steve on December 11, 2012

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We are just releasing the latest version of the community finance canvas. This canvas offers a basic structure for groups working to develop their local economy.

Start from how the local economy, (or the part of it you are focusing on), could be, not how it is. Working from the middle and outwards, add and subtract, changing as you go until you get a feel for the initiative as a whole.

What we have added from last time is inspiration from the Reconomy project, part of the British Transition Movement.

  • The community gives something back to the wider community
  • Resource availability and circulation constraints are taken in to account in planning
  • Resilience, the ability to withstand external pressures are taken in to account

To use the canvas, download it and print it out on a large paper, or copy it over to a large paper.

Start in the centre to consider assets and work your way out. You will probably need to go back to add, change subtract, until you get a clear picture of how your future community can work.

Good luck!

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Community finance briefing #3: from consumer to community

Posted by steve on July 8, 2012

Are there financial models that show communities how to realign their financial dealing to stop money leaking? This newsletter explores the possibilities to set up such arrangements.  Download it here … newsletterfp#3_financeB

Read other briefings here.

Community finance briefing #2: defining community

Posted by steve on June 15, 2012

The second edition of the community finance briefing is now out!” These briefings come from previews of the new handbook slated to be published in the Autumn of 2012.
In this edition

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Community finance briefing #1: A permaculture approach to organisation

Posted by steve on June 13, 2012

The first edition of the community finance briefing is now out!” These briefings come from previews of the new handbook slated to be published in the Autumn of 2012.
In this edition

  • What founder Bill Mollison says about finance
  • Why a community is not a company
  • What communities should deliver

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