The starting point for me is this: if we want a new kind of economic system, then we must create the conditions for new economic actors, relationships and mdoels to emerge and thrive. So, what new kinds of new actors and relationships are we talking about and what are the conditions needed to bring them into being? This line of inquiry has been fruitful over the last six years, even if it wasn’t clear in the beginning, leading to productive projects and networks. What is emerging is a path to catalysing local and regional economic innovation, entreprenuerial culture, and new enterprise ecosytems. ‘Enterprising Ecosystems‘ may be a boring mouthful of syllables, but it provides a useful frame for this approach.
EnterprisingEcosystems.org is an independent platform for me to share what we’ve learned developing this approach, so far, as well as to continue to develop the inquiry through projects, collaborations, and independent research.
Co-founding member of the Totnes REconomy Project and independent consultant. Since 2011, the Totnes REconomy Project has launched innovative economic regeneration and resilience building projects, such as the Local Entrepreneur Forum and the REconomy Centre. Jay has also co-developed the Transition Network REconomy Project’s Local Economic Blueprint course and handbook, and advises community groups developing their own local blueprint. He has also been leading workshops and giving talks about this work and on community-led economics, across Europe and Japan.
Prior to moving to the UK from San Francisco, Jay spent 10 years as entrepreneur and consultant in the ‘green business movement’, after a 12-year career in Silicon Valley. Jay holds an MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a BA in Philosophy from San Jose State University. He’s also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and part-time associate lecturer in economics at Plymouth University.