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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


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!


Interview on putting carbon back in the soil: with Open World Foundation

Posted by steve on December 10, 2012