Welcome to the Center for CLT Innovation

Lots of new things to tell you about!  We've got information about our newest publications from Terra Nostra Press, On Common Ground, and La inseguridad de la tenencia de la tierra en América Latina y el Caribe.  You can also check out our global map of community land trusts, our timeline of the history of the movement, videos from around the world, as well as our hall of fame honoring the people who made our movement possible.  And check out our page about New Communities Inc., the first community land trust in the US, an outgrowth of the Southern Civil Rights Movement.

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On Common Ground

On Common Ground: International Perspectives on the Community Land Trust is a collection of twenty-six original essays, written by forty-two scholars and practitioners from a dozen countries, tracing the growth and diversification of the international community land trust movement.

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La inseguridad de la tenencia de la tierra en América Latina y el Caribe

The first volume in our monograph series—and the first of several that will be translated into Spanish.  Its thematic focus is the pernicious problem of land tenure insecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Global CLT Map

Global CLT Map

Community land trusts have spread far and wide from their origins in the US.  Here's a comprehensive map of CLTs around the world!

CLT Hall of Fame Profiles

CLT Hall of Fame

Every movement needs its heroes.  It is seeded and spread by extraordinary people doing extraordinary things, pushing out the boundaries of what is comfortable and possible.  The best and brightest are recognized here.

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New Communities Inc.

Often called the “first CLT,” New Communities Inc. (NCI) was an outgrowth of the Southern Civil Rights Movement, established to secure greater economic and political independence for African American farmers and their families.

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Timeline of the CLT Movement

The roots of community land trusts lie in the fertile soil of the US civil rights movement -- with precursors that go back to 1787 -- and now with branches spreading across the globe.

CLT Center Video Page


Videos about community land trusts from around the world -- with more added every week.

Logo for Center for CLT InnovationThe Center for Community Land Trust Innovation is a not-for-profit nongovernmental organization established in 2018 to promote and to support community land trusts and similar strategies of community-led development on community-owned land in countries throughout the world.

The Center provides the following services: (a) collecting and curating historical materials documenting the origins and evolution of the worldwide CLT movement; (b) conducting, cataloging, and disseminating academic and non-academic research; (c) producing case studies, directories, guides, and other educational materials; and (d) providing training, referral, and technical assistance for organizers and practitioners working with CLTs and similar strategies for the equitable and sustainable development of place-based communities.

The Center publishes books and monographs under its trademarked imprint: Terra Nostra Press.