Economic micro-systems? Non-market and not-only-for-profit economic activities in eco-communities

Jan Blažek
2016 Human Affairs  
AbstractEco-communities are a potential model for the socio-technological transition to a post-carbon society. The debate over their economic sustainability has, however, been limited. This article aims to enhance the discussion by offering a conceptualization of the economic micro-system created in eco-communities. It uses the economic terms households and firms to discuss two ways in which the community economy is positioned and then goes on to explore the principles behind the non-market
more » ... -monetary) activities of households and the not-only-for-profit activities of firms as the basis of the eco-community economy. It concludes by pointing out that both can operate in parallel, with eco-communities producing non-market capital that can be used to develop not-only-for-profit activities which support the economic sustainability of the projects.
doi:10.1515/humaff-2016-0032 fatcat:bbxs3ak5yrbxbfo7rntwxbw7sa