Join us for a special book launch event on Tuesday, June 3rd to learn about the history of African American cooperative economics from a leading co-op scholar/activist, and hear local updates on ONE DC's Black Worker's Center and Impact Hub DC's worker cooperative incubator.
This event is co-sponsored by The Democracy Collaborative, ONE DC, Impact Hub DC, Equal Exchange, and Divine Chocolate. A book-signing and reception will follow the talk.
Doors open for meet-and greet at 6:30pm, local updates and book talk starts at 7pm, followed by a booksigning and reception. The event, which is free, will take place at Impact Hub DC (419 7th Street NW.)
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This month's new developments include:
- Last month in Jacksonville, Florida, The Democracy Collaborative, the Office of Mayor Alvin Brown, and the Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment organized a day-long Community Wealth Building Roundtable.
- The City of Chicago and six area anchor institutions have joined the University of Chicago to launch the Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE) initiative and Ted Howard presented opportunities to incorporate anchor strategies into New Orlean's Prosperity NOLA plan at the Strong Cities, Strong Communities Bootcamp, hosted by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
- The Democracy Collaborative participated in an American Hospital Association sponsored webinar as well as the National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s annual conference to discuss strategies for hospitals to promote health through economic development and community investment.
- Shared ownership models received widespread attention, including Cleveland’s Evergreen Cooperatives and Real Pickles, an organic food business. And we released our new community land trust infographic.
- Truthout featured a conversation between our co-founder, Gar Alperovitz, and political theorist Michael Albert, in which they compared Albert’s Participatory Economics to Gar’s Pluralist Commonwealth political-economic system model.
- Chapter on Economic Democracy Profiles Community Wealth Building Strategies
- Website Outlines Community Sustaining Political-Economic System
- Democratic Governance Revitalizes Cities
- Healthcare Practitioners Promote Placed-Based Approaches to Healthcare
- Banks Respond Sluggishly to California's Growing Minority Population
- Guide Offers Tools to Shift Spending Toward Local Businesses
- Shared Value Initiative
- The Democracy Collaborative's new white paper "The Anchor Dashboard" helps hospitals and universities measure the impact of their programs, initiatives, and economic activity on the well-being of low-income children, families, and communities. Made possible by support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, our report draws on over 75 in-depth interviews with leaders of anchor institutions, national nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and community organizations.
Download the report and learn more about our work to help anchors measure their impact on community wealth.
What is Community Wealth?
How do you build community wealth? Here's some of the basic principles of a successful approach:
Community Wealth Cities
Community Wealth Interviews
This webinar, organized by Community Catalyst and the Democracy Collaborative, explored how community benefit requirements, especially in the wake of new Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations governing Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA), can provide a powerful and effective framework to drive transformative community economic development.Read more about Community Benefit and Anchor Institutions: Linkages and Opportunities ...
Featured from the toolbox
This new guide developed by the National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI) and published by the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project offers a framework to develop local farm incubators. Bringing together practioners and training expertize, this toolkit provides a variety of resources to support small-scale sustainable farmers, from project planning and management to planning for long-term growth. This toolkit is part of national effort to build a network of incubators that empower disadvantaged new producers to build economic opportunity and grow the vitality of small-scale, localized agriculture across the nation.