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Social Entrepreneurship & Government: A New Breed of Entrepreneurs Developing Solutions to Social Problems

Andrew Wolk

Root Cause CEO Andrew Wolk publishes a new report highlighting how public policy can support the expansion of social enterprise.

The University and Urban Revival: Out of the Ivory Tower and Into the Streets

Judith Rodin

New book by former University of Pennsylvania President Judith Rodin examines Penn's community partnership efforts.

An Asset-Based Community-Building Paradigm for Twenty-First Century Development

Gar Alperovitz

Commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this paper by Gar Alperovitz establishes a framework on strategies to simultaneously anchor jobs in local communities and promote community-based economic development.

Big-Box Swindle

Stacy Mitchell

What does it mean for our economy when Wal-Mart is the nation's largest employer? In Big Box Swindle, Institute for Local Self-Reliance Senior Researcher Stacy Mitchell addresses both the impact of big-box retailing on American communities.

The Commons Rising

David Bollier, Jonathan Rowe and edited by Peter Barnes and Seth Zuckerman

When you hear the phrase “the commons,” you might think of a medieval town where peasants graze sheep, but the commons of the 21st century is much more hi-tech. From wi-fi to broadcast spectrum to the Internet, a new commons is rising.

Courses in Courage

Richard A. Couto

Today, efforts are under way at a number of universities to promote community engagement. In developing these efforts, current activists would do well to learn from the experiences of a previous generation of similarly minded scholars at Antioch University in Ohio. Edited by Richard Couto, a founding member of Antioch's Ph.D. "Leadership of Change" program, Courses in Courage includes essays by six Antioch professors who, starting in the McCarthy years of the 1950s, helped make Antioch College a national center of an activist scholarship deeply rooted in social goals and values.


Asset Building Comes of Age

Gar Alperovitz, Steve Dubb and Ted Howard

In the Spring 2007 issue of the National Housing Institute's journal Shelterforce, C-W.org' s own Gar Alperovitz, Steve Dubb, and Ted Howard examine growing efforts nationwide to integrate individual and community wealth building.

Evaluating Community-University Partnerships

Kenneth M. Reardon

Community groups are finding partners in local colleges and universities to fight deindustrialization, suburbanization, and disinvestment.

Getting To Scale: Growing Your Business Without Selling Out

Jill Bamburg

Can socially responsible businesses grow while keeping their social mission intact? Business school Dean Jill Bamburg shows how in: Getting to Scale: Growing Your Business Without Selling Out.

The Great American Jobs Scam: Corporate Tax Dodging and the Myth of Job Creation

Greg LeRoy

State and local job subsidies cost states and cities some $50 billion a year. In this 2005 book, which has now been made available for free on line, Good Jobs First founder Greg Leroy outlines common abuses as well as common sense reforms to make this job-subsidy system more transparent and effective.