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New book showcases creative citizens changing their communities for the better

January 15, 2016

  • Citizen-led Innovation for a New Economy edited by Alison Mathie of Coady International Institute and John Gaventa of the Institute of Development Studies (UK).
  • Book features 11 case studies from ethnically diverse settings in Canada and the United States.

ANTIGONISH, January 15, 2016 – An informal book launch and panel discussion are being held Monday, January 18th, at St. Francis Xavier University to celebrate the publication of a new book that shares development success stories in diverse communities across North America. The launch is being held from 4:00 to 5:30 pm in Desmond Hall, Markin Global Complex.
Citizen-led Innovation for a New Economy is a collection of case studies featured at a June 2013 conference in Antigonish hosted by the StFX Extension Department and Coady Institute.
“These are very inspiring stories,” said Dr. June Webber, director of Coady Institute and vice-president of StFX. “They cut across urban and rural initiatives in First Nation, Inuit, Latino, African American and other mixed communities. They also serve as a platform for ongoing discussion for citizen-led social innovation. Our hope is that this collection will spark creative thinking in communities that are grappling with their own issues around fairness, economic justice and environmental sustainability.”
In Canada and the USA, the book is available for purchase at http://brunswickbooks.ca/Citizen-Led-Innovation-for-a-New-Economy/
In other countries, it can be purchased online at http://developmentbookshop.com/citizen-led-innovation-for-a-new-economy
A downloadable .png graphic of the book cover is available at http://coady.stfx.ca/tinroom/assets/image/buttons/book.png
Coady’s website contains links to the individual case studies, thematic papers, previously-recorded webinars and video interviews. http://coady.stfx.ca/knowledge/publications/conferences/citizen_led_innovation/learning_materials/
Listen to an audio interview about the book on the January edition of the Coady Radio podcast, available on iTunes, Stitcher and the podcast homepage at http://coadyradio.libsyn.com/.
Testimonials for Citizen-led Innovation for a New Economy

Situated at the meeting point of politics, economics, social activism and history, this pioneering book is rich in insights and examples that point the way to a more humane and democratic future. A must-read across many disciplines and boundaries. — Michael Edwards, Demos, New York
This important resource illustrates the power of collective impact; story after story, these cases provide an inspirational road map for innovative thought and action. — Marie Delorme, The Imagination Group, Calgary
This book provides inspiring and accessible insights into citizen-led innovations, valuable for academics, students, activists, policymakers and grant makers. Thomas Piketty lays down the challenge of growing social inequality; Mathie and Gaventa and their contributors provide the vital building blocks for the emerging solutions economy. — Tim Draimin, Social Innovation Generation (SiG), Toronto
About the editors
Dr. Alison Mathie is associate director of research at Coady International Institute, St. Francis Xavier University. She previously edited, with Gord Cunningham, From Clients to Citizens: Communities Changing the Course of Their Own Development, a book that explores citizen-led initiatives around the world.
Dr. John Gaventa is director of research at the Institute of Development Studies (UK) and a former director of Coady International Institute. He is a political sociologist, educator and civil society practitioner with more than 30 years experience in the North and South.
Media contact
Richard Perry
Coady Institute
Tel: (902) 867-4933
Email: rperry@stfx.ca
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