The Inclusive Economy Consortium (IEC) connects change agents, shares knowledge and experiences, and fosters collective action for inclusive and sustainable economic development. In other words, the IEC is a common ground to protect the commons.

We are forging connections to likeminded organizations around the world for a more inclusive economy. As the platform develops, we aim to include all members and partners with a genuine interest in supporting inclusive practices. At this time, membership to the IEC is by invitation or recommendation. To recommend an organization or individual, complete this form.


• Access to data

• Access to other academics working on issues related to an inclusive economy

• Access to potential community partners

• Potential for application (applying inventions, novel ideas, etc.)

• More senior/established scholars. Eager to apply their knowledge and for their work to be applied and make a difference.

• More junior. Opportunity to find relevant/meaningful research topics, data, collaborators.

• Knowledge repository to contribute primary research

  • Reputation enhancement especially vis-à-vis broader public (customers and shareholders for publicly traded)
  • “Enabler”: force for good and positive change in society, vis-à-vis external constituency (mostly customers and shareholders, linking with PR objectives) but also board, employees and prospective employees.
  • Potential to identify partners, business models and ideas that can be promising to corporations to create inclusive models/solutions.
  • Develop better understanding of Base of Pyramid (BOP) marketplace
  • Inform potential approaches for inclusive, economically viable business practices
  • Connect with relevant stakeholders to help implement.
  • Sense of purpose/sense of making a contribution to something bigger than themselves. Many corporate folks burn out in mid-career, just when they have the most to contribute. Which is why now quite a few corporations offer them special programs for take some time off and apply their skills to nonprofits/humanitarian causes. IEC can be an alternative.
  • Belonging/community of likeminded people. I often found that key potential collaborators, the “change-makers”, in corporations tend to be lonely wolves who think quite differently from many of their colleagues.
  • Potential partnerships & partnership awards
  • Visibility with relevant stakeholders (and funders) for high impact solutions
  • Access to potential operational partners in low-pressure set-up (they can observe and get to know others), including with low -risk partners such as academia and desired partners like corporates and government.
  • IEC ecosystem can help leverage scarce nonprofit resources by helping attract volunteers and facilitate potential partnerships.
  • Networking
  • Belonging/community of likeminded people.
  • Potential partnerships (including funding) and related professional rewards (including getting their projects or salaries funded as nonprofit positions are often co-terminous with third party funding.)
  • Organized ecosystem: ability to reach, communicate & get feedback
  • Accomplishment: ability to show tangible action
  • Networking
  • Potential professional rewards as collaboration with other stakeholders is increasingly highlighted and recognized in the public sector
  • Take part in the development of leading edge social impact and innovation theory
  • Draw connection between undergraduate studies and career in social impact
  • Gain real world experience working with professionals and organizations to solve social issues