internal investment

From "The Power of Just Doing Stuff" by Rob Hopkins:

The Shift to Internal Investment

This new approach has the potential to change the way we invest our savings and our pensions, shifting from distant, unethical funds that serve only to accelerate our predicament, to investing locally: towards a kind of investment that allows us to see the changes it enables in our daily lives.  This is what we might call internal rather than inward or extractive investment.  

Internal investment is a community investing in itself.  It means establishing new institutions and finding creative ways to enable money to cycle locally as many times as possible.  It's about sourcing a growing proportion of your needs in a way that supports the [[local economies|local economy]], and weaving this thinking through as many local instituions as possible - not as some worthy exercise nbut as the economic development model of the future.