Featured publications

Linking Colleges to Communities: Engaging the University for Community Development

Steve Dubb and Ted Howard

How can universities leverage their resources for community benefit? This report from The Democracy Collaborative outlines a comprehensive strategy to meet that goal.

Social Enterprise A Global Comparison

Janelle Kerlin, editor

Enterprising Organizations: New Asset-Based and Other Innovative Approaches to Solving Social and Economic Problems: Highlights from a forum on Social Enterprise

Alan Abramson, editor

In May 2005, The Aspen Institute, in collaboration with the Democracy Collaborative, convened practitioners, investors, foundation donors, elected officials, scholars, and reporters to generate ideas on how to advance community wealth building efforts. This report provides highlights from the discussion that ensued.

Building Wealth: The New Asset-Based Approach to Solving Social and Economic Problems

Democracy Collaborative

The first across-the-board survey of innovative, asset-based strategies that are advancing social purposes.

Lands in Trust; Homes that Last: A Performance Evaluation of the Champlain Housing Trust

John Emmeus Davis and Alice Stokes

New study of Burlington community land trust documents success of community land trust model

Localist Movements in a Global Economy

David J. Hess

MIT Professor David Hess examines community ownership and its potential for promoting social justice and environmental sustainability.

Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own

David Bollier

In Viral Spiral, David Bollier chronicles the movement for open-source software and other freely available common tools.

What Green Means for Communities

Shelterforce's summer 2008 issue profiles green community building with stories on Sustainable South Bronx, green building, and urban gardening.

The City-CLT Partnership: Municipal Support for Community Land Trusts

John Emmeus Davis and Rick Jacobus

Written by John Emmeus Davis and Rick Jacobus, the Lincoln Institute's The City-CLT Partnership identifies local policies that support community land trust development.

Building Powerful Community Organizations

Michael Jacoby Brown

Written by veteran community organizer Michael Jacoby Brown, Building Powerful Community Organizations aims to provide a soup-to-nuts "toolkit" for building community organizations.