Jonny Gordon-Farleigh

Jonny is the Managing Director of Stir to Action. As a co-founder of Stir to Action, he has led work on their quarterly publication, designing national programmes, and developing economic interventions that address the ‘ownership gap’. He is currently focusing on creating new democratic infrastructure, partnerships with local government, and business-led research and policy. Jonny is a director and co-owner of Stir to Action.

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Money for good: the rise of ethical finance

Ethex’s recently launched 10 years of Impact report demonstrates that the direct impact investing model works and has the potential to provide the vital funding needed by hundreds more impactful organisations that are taking action against climate change, social inequality and the break-down of communities.

June 18, 2024


Romantic anti-capitalism: an interview with Michael Löwy

What is the “rational kernel” of the romantic world-view? It is a social and cultural protest against the modern industrial capitalist civilisation, in the name of past, pre-capitalist, pre-modern values.

March 18, 2024

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‘New Economies’ and the Rebuilding of Democratic Power

In future gatherings we need to look more directly at how we can stimulate a new structural transformation of civil society. It will be a broad process that explores how we can rebuild democratic power to facilitate mass involvement in civil society and, by extension, our political system.

February 27, 2024

“Utopia is All Around Us”

I think we now need utopian thinking more than ever. The mistake people often make with utopia is to see it as a destination, a fixed end point. Instead, utopia is the process of first imagining, and then believing that we can organise the world differently, which empowers us to take steps towards it

April 11, 2018

Unlocking the Next Economy

Unlocking the Next Economy is about creating access to the physical assets of historical organisations to support local economic change. Stir To Action’s year-long pilot will explore how these physical assets can be an important part of Community Economic Development (CED), and how un- and underused churches could specifically be a part of this process.

June 8, 2017


Surviving the Future: Review

Few books on economics and politics would foreground arguments for “a strong culture,” claim that “laughter creates insight and solidarity,” and advise that you should always “start with a party.”

February 6, 2017

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