Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead

ECI uses a Collective Impact approach which is the commitment of people from different sectors across the community to a common mission, using a structured form of collaboration. In this approach, ECI has launched six separate working groups, or “work circles,” to carry out the mission. Learn more about the work circles below. Anyone who is interested in learning more or joining the efforts of one of the work circles is encouraged to send an email to the person listed below in the particular circle description.

Learn more about our work circles

Neighborhood Connections: This work circle is working to discover and build on the strengths of neighborhoods across the city to turn residents into producers and not just consumers.

Local Cooperatives: This work circle wants to identify all the cooperative businesses in the Cincinnati region, and find ways to strengthen their market visibility, and connect them with capital and strategy resources. 

Generous Structures: This work circle is dedicated to exploring alternative forms of raising capital and best practices for supporting existing alternatives for housing.

2019 Jubilee Project: This work circle is working to begin a movement to forgive the debts of the poor by 2019, using the theme of a Jubilee Year..

Resources (formerly Books/Videos): Identify and study books and videos and other media which address new economics thinking and alternative structures, and share with the entire ECI community.