COURSE: The Community Finance Canvas

Length: 0.5-2 days
Purpose: Using the CANVAS approach teaches participants how to use the canvas to capture understanding of the financial flows in order to create the basis for a business plan
Why attend?  Learning to use the CANVAS will give you a good tool to help take your initiative from idea to viable enterprise.
Main contents: The CANVAS method, how to unitize your offerings, finding alternative funding solutions and understanding membership
Includes: How to capture data for Business Plan, Manual and pro-forma business plan in Excel.

Creating a business model in a conventional way is daunting enough. But how can you create a viable financial model for a whole community, sustainable initiative or social enterprise? It IS possible as many initiatives up and running demonstrate, but you need to find a balance between achieving sustainability, creating the operations you want, and balancing the budget. The CANVAS  is based on a participatory approach using a large board.  The canvas method is designed as a way to work through possibilities to, for example, plug the leaks in your local economy, to grow from  your Transition initiative into a Reconomy- initiative social enterprise or to make your Permaculture design into a thriving enterprise.

To teach the canvas methodology so that participants can use it to support the development of their own initiatives.


Those involved in the financial aspects of an initiative that are aiming towards sustainability, or permaculturists who want to add a financial dimension to their design work.


  • Clarifying intention: from money to what money buys
  • Stakeholders as investors
  • Identifying services and unitizing them
  • Supply chains and customers
  • Finding resources
  • Infrastructure; investment and return
  • Rent pooling: counting all revenue possibilities
  • Putting management into place
  • Waste as a resource
  • Legal forms: mapping legal form to intention
  • Agreements as the basis of stakeholder cooperation
  • Permaculture principles related to initiative finance

This participatory workshop takes you through the method step by step, applying it to a chosen case.

The workshop is accompanied by material for later reference: a booklet and a template business plan in excel format adapted to the workshop outputs

We offer a range of workshop configurations, from an introduction of a few hours to a tailored initiative -focused workshop of two days to a train the trainer course that is five days.

Stephen Hinton has a background as a management trainer and consultant. He is a co-founder of Transition Sweden and is active in the eco-village movement through involvement in the Eco- Village Änggärdet. Stephen served on the Board of the Swedish Co-operative no-interest JAK BANKEN.

For price quotes, orders or more information, contact Stephen Hinton.


Number of participants: 10-50

Price: Ask for offer.



See the Canvas Website

Download the canvas in pdf format

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