Community Wealth Blog

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On January 27, Democracy Collaborative Manager of Healthcare Engagement David Zuckerman joined leaders in healthcare on a web forum to discuss the emerging anchor mission model in healthcare. Hosted by Dialogue4Health, the forum brought together Steve Standley, Chief Administrative Officer of University Hospitals, Tyler Norris, Vice President of Total Health Partnerships at Kaiser Permanente, Amy Slonim, Senior Program Officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and Matthew Marsom, Vice President of Public Policy and Programs at the Public Health Institute. 

How can cities redeploy their economic development resources to focus on building a more inclusive economy grounded in broad, local ownership?  How can policymakers get strategies like worker cooperative development the support and resources needed to reach truly meaningful scale? How can collaborations between communities, local government, and key institutional stakeholders build pathways to economic equity for the people left behind by the traditional trickle-down economic playbook?


In this article written for the Rooflines blog, our Director of Special Projects Steve Dubb discusses the shift in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement from volume to value, and the implications this has for community economic development. Steve draws on our recent paper "Can Hospitals Heal America’s Communities?", co-authored by Democracy Collaborative President Ted Howard and Kaiser Permanente Vice President of Total Health Partnerships Tyler Norris, and discusses the shifting role of healthcare to improve health outside hospital walls. 

Although worker cooperatives are gaining traction in many cities nationwide, one challenge they face as a movement is their ability to operate on large scales. Some argue that cooperatives can’t extend their benefits to larger audiences because of their focus on democratic participation and involvement of all individuals in proceedings of the organization. In other words, the famous cooperative tagline of “one worker, one vote” might seem to be a barrier to cooperative expansion.


Like many major metropolitan areas in the United States, Toronto is experiencing fast-paced growth. Canada's finance and business capital has more cranes in the sky than New York City—with nearly 50 percent more high-rises undergoing construction than in the big apple.


The killing of Michael Brown by a police officer in Fergsuon, Missouri, and the subsequent wave of protests illuminated for a national public the deep racial inequities in greater St. Louis. We sat down with Chris Krehmeyer, head of Beyond Housing, a local community development corporation founded in 1975, to learn about how they've been building a comprehensive approach blending affordable housing, community land trusts, public health, and business development aimed at changing the systems that perperuate disinvestment in African-American communities in the St.


In this article written for the Rooflines blog, our Director of Special Projects Steve Dubb points out key examples of equitable and sustainable alternatives to the traditional forms of economic development found in a new report released by Good Jobs First. Dubb highlights the case studies presented in our report, Cities Building Community Wealth as essential new approaches to combat the detrimental effects of traditional development practices. 

Ohio’s marijuana legalization effort suffered a crushing defeat on November 3rd. In the aftermath, there is much conversation about why Ohioans opposed the measure so strongly. Some have pointed to the bad timing of an off-year election, others to lingering puritanical opposition to drug use. But the strongest and most consistent message is the strong populist resistance to legally establishing a business structure that leaves out every day people.

Leaving aside heated rhetoric about the evils of “Big Pot,” the fact is that, had Issue 3 passed, it would have established a system of elite and most likely absentee ownership, as opposed to community-based family businesses. Voters recognized the need for local, broad-based ownership as the foundation of a thriving, resilient economy.

How are student activists uniting to change the food system from the inside? The Real Food Challenge is a national campaign to restructure university cafeteria buying structures for a more equitable, sustainable future of food.

The Democracy Collaborative extends a heartfelt congratulations to Gary Cohen, an activist and social entrepreneur innovating environmental responsibility in health care, for winning the MacArthur ‘genius’ award. This week he became one of 24 fellows to receive a grant in recognition of his groundbreaking, coalition-building work in the healthcare industry. (Photo: MacArthur Foundation)

An infographic depicting how the members of the Dos Pinos Housing Cooperatives are building wealth in Davis, California.