Community Wealth Blog

The University of Chicago’s Class of 2012’s gift was truly an investment in the community; after negotiating with administration officials in February about the University’s investment practices, students convinced the University to shift $1 million in deposits to four community banks. Each bank will receive the FDIC insured maximum deposit of $250,000.

In the second installment of the “America’s Tomorrow: Equity in a Changing Nation” series, PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell interviews Ted Howard, executive director of the Democracy Collaborative.  The series is dedicated to “exploring America’s future, the challenges we face, and the people who are making a difference ... [featuring] some of the nation’s most exciting leaders doing their part to blaze the path towards equity.”

Both Louisiana and South Carolina passed benefit corporation legislation in June 2012, becoming the eight and ninth states in the nation to do so, respectively. Perhaps more important to this growing trend is that both states are the first states in the South to do so, significantly expanding the geographic diversity of this movement and illustrating the broad appeal this new type of corporation is having.

This infographic features a simple network of connections that compose the Cleveland Model.

April 20th represented a milestone for Solar MosaicElla Baker Center and Green for All community, marking the fundraising conclusion of an exciting fifth solar panel project on the rooftop of St. Vincent de Paul in Oakland, CA. All of the funds were raised through community crowdsourcing, providing a local, zero-interest investment strategy for community solar projects.

Yesterday, New York City and Los Angeles overwhelmingly passed responsible banking ordinances, giving new momentum to a trend occurring nationwide. The responsible banking ordinance enables cities and localities to deposit city money into banks that can demonstrate their commitment and investment to the local community. It requires that banks disclose detailed loan and foreclosure data by community if they want to do business with the city.

History is paradoxical: Our politics are stalemated, our economy stagnating. But precisely because of this, literally thousands of new social and economic initiatives suggest the possibility, over time, of literally rebuilding the system from the bottom up.

The highest paid hedge fund manager makes what a household makes over their whole working lives in five minutes.

In its Assets Report 2012, the New America Foundation calculates that more than half a trillion dollars is allocated in the U.S. FY 2013 federal budget through direct spending programs and tax provisions to encourage savings and asset-building. Of that sum, only a small fraction helps those who need it the most, low- and moderate-income Americans.

After more than two years in development, on March 26th, 2012, the United Steelworkers and Mondragón, along with the Ohio Employee Ownership Center revealed its hybrid union co-op model, which it hopes will create more sustainable jobs, by incorporating worker ownership and components of the collective bargaining process. 

The decline of union memberships, but an increase in worker-owners in America.

The first citizen owned solar cooperative in the state of Washington - Edmonds Community Solar Cooperative - was formed in Edmonds in 2011. That alone would be an achievement; however, this effort, spearheaded by community non-profit Sustainable Edmonds, is an extensive collaboration between the city of Edmonds, Seattle-based Tangerine Power and the residents of Washington State.