There are ways of setting up projects where you can use some of the innovative laws of past generations. One such way is to set up a co-operative. these ideas are about sharing risks while doing something that will improve the whole community. They are like a business as it is investing in something that could make a profit but might not do. Yet it is not a business as we know it or a charity as we know them either.
This website will explain more about the idea of how you can use community shares to raise the capital need to get a large community project off the ground.