Our history

Economy was founded in 2016 as an offshoot of Rethinking Economics. Rethinking Economics is an international network of students, academics and professionals which campaigns for improvements to how economics is taught in classrooms and society at large.

In 2015, Rethinking Economics appeared in Boom Bust Boom, an economic documentary directed by the late, great Terry Jones (he of Monty Python fame). That led to the producers – Cardano Insights – agreeing to provide the seed funding for a new charitable venture with a mission to provide accessible economics on a larger scale. That venture became… Economy!

Since then, Economy has grown and evolved into a community of its own. We now have seven staff, over fifty trained volunteer facilitators, hundreds of graduates from our courses and workshops, twenty-five thousand monthly readers of ecnmy.org, and many partners across community development, media, policymaking, the new economy movement and academia.

A big thank you to all of our previous funders: Cardano, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston, Nesta Future News Pilot Fund, Institute of Chartered Accounts in England and Wales, BlackRock Philanthropy, Allen & Overy Foundation, Golden Bottle Trust and the Manchester Statistical Society.