Highlighted Publications

April 2014

2014

*NEW* Gar Alperovitz and Michael Albert, "Gar Alperovitz and Michael Albert: A Conversation on Economic Visions," Truthout, March 21, 2014.

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.

*NEW* Shaila Dewan, "Who Needs a Boss?," New York Times, March 25, 2014.

This New York Times article highlights the successes of worker-owned businesses, including Cleveland’s Evergreen Cooperatives.

2014

*NEW* Jessica Conrad, Sharing Revolution , On the Commons, 2014.

The recent rise of the commons and the sharing economy seems to suggest a growing recognition of the fact that our health, happiness, and security depend greatly on the planet and people around us.Sharing Revolution: The essential economics of the commons  highlights the many ways, new and old, that people connect and collaborate to advance the common good and develop greater economic autonomy.  The Cleveland model is also featured.

*NEW* Debra Rowe, Achieving Sustainability: Visions, Principles, and Practices, Macmillan Reference USA, January 2014.

A two-volume encyclopedia containing more than 130 signed entries, Achieving Sustainability covers economic and environmental ideas, as well as governance, demographic, and socio-cultural aspects of the concept. Democracy Collaborative Research Director Steve Dubb along with Executive Director Ted Howard and Research Associate Sarah McKinley have contributed the chapter “Economic Democracy”, which outlines the history of the economic democracy movement, highlighting community wealth building strategies such as community development finance institutions and cooperatives. 

*NEW* Joel Rogers and Satya Rhodes-Conway, Cities at Work: Progressive Local Policies to Rebuild the Middle Class, Center for American Progress Action Fund, February 2014.

In a new report from the Center for American Progress, Joel Rogers and Satya Rhodes-Conway of the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) outline policies that cities can adopt to become more inclusive and sustainable. The authors espouse democratic organization as a critical component to social equity and wealth creation and highlight the critical linking of anchor procurement strategies and employee ownership, as seen in the Cleveland Model, to strengthen local economies and stabilize communities.

2014

*NEW* Danielle Beavers and Sarah Werblin, "Escaping the Old Boy Network: The Banking Industry and Supplier Diversity," The Greenlining Institute, February 2014.

In a recent study examining minority entrepreneurship opportunities, the Greenlining Institute invited California’s twelve largest banks to share their supplier diversity practices. The authors found that though people of color represent the majority of California’s population, only 7.72 percent of bank contracts go to minority-owned businesses. The Institute offers a series of recommendations to reduce contracting disparities and to foster wealth and job creation in communities of color. 

*NEW* Milchen, Jeff, "Building “Buy Local” Campaigns that Shift Culture and Spending," American Independent Business Alliance, February 26, 2014.

The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) has developed a new guide to help independent business owners, localist advocates, and local officials promote local business and community wealth building. The guide outlines strategies to build successful “Buy Local” campaigns that encourage consumers to shop at locally owned stores. It includes tips and resources for campaign content development, message framing, targeted marketing, and execution.

2014

*NEW* Public Health Law Center, A Collaborative, Cross-Sectoral, and Local Approach to Health , Institute for a Sustainable Future, February 2014.

In September 2013, the Institute for a Sustainable Future hosted a Duluth, Minnesota conference for nearly 200 leaders active in healthcare delivery, public health, hospital administration, and community service organizations across the state. This paper builds on key lessons learned at the event and explores how the Affordable Care Act’s requirements for community engagement by hospitals can be directed to improve community health and vitality. It emphasizes how placed-based strategies can improve health outcomes, including linking anchor institutions to local procurement, employment, and housing initiatives. 

*NEW* Public Health Law Center, Perspectives and Next Steps in Creating a Healthier Healthcare System, Institute for a Sustainable Future, February 2014.

In September 2013, the Institute for a Sustainable Future hosted a Duluth, Minnesota conference for nearly 200 leaders active in healthcare delivery, public health, hospital administration, and community service organizations across the state. This paper builds on key lessons learned at the event and proposes next steps for hospitals to leverage the Affordable Care Act’s requirements for community engagement to improve community health and vitality.

 

*NEW* Jonathon Ward, Margaret Christie, Addie Rose Holland, Dan Rosenberg, Jeff Rosen and Sam Stegman, Community Investment in the Local Food System, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, 2014.

CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture) published a new case study on Real Pickles, an organic food business that raised half a million dollars through a community investment campaign to transition to worker ownership.