Our monthly email newsletter provides an essential overview of the latest news and state of the art developments in community wealth building. Check out the archives below.

September 2015

This month's developments include:
  • Our latest report, Educate and Empower: Tools for Building Community Wealth, was profiled in Forbes magazine, Shareable, MassLive & Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR). The Democracy Collaborative also hosted a webinar on practical strategies to empower residents to participate in community economic development.
  • Gar Alperovitz, co-founder of The Democracy Collaborative and co-chair of the Next System Project, published an article in the RSA Journal.
  • Gus Speth, co-chair of the Next System Project and senior fellow, was interviewed as a feature in the “Change Agent” series of the Great Transition Initiative, where he discussed his own environmental background and the goals of the Project.
  • Last month, Next System Project Executive Director Joe Guinan joined Social Capital Markets’ (SOCAP) Co-founder & Convener Kevin Jones and sociology Professor Juliet Schor to facilitate a twitter chat about the need for systemic change. 
  • Steve Dubb contributed to Shelterforce magazine’s Rooflines blog on the subject of converting businesses to employee ownership, and Ted Howard recently had the opportunity to talk with Equitable Opportunity radio about the role anchor institutions and worker cooperatives play in building a more inclusive economy. 
  • Thomas Hanna, director of research, and Marjorie Kelly, executive vice president and senior fellow, had articles featured by the Great Transition Initiative on public ownership & common wealth trusts.   
  • The Atkinson Foundation released two reports in their series on community wealth building initiatives in Toronta: The Prosperous Province: Strategies for Community Wealth. 
  • Cleveland’s Evergreen Cooperatives' highly innovative home-buyer program for employees was recently featured in Yes! Magazine, and Green City Growers was profiled in Crain’s Cleveland Business for its rapid growth. 

August 2015

This month's developments include:

  • We release of our latest report Educate and Empower: Tools for Building Community Wealth.

  • In the New York Times, Democracy Collaborative Co-Founder Gar Alperovitz and Research Director Thomas Hanna wrote about the prevalence of public ownership in the United States and how conservative states like Texas, Alaska, and Nebraska have embraced it as a means to provide social services and lower the public’s tax burden. 
  • In The Nation, Gar marked the seventieth anniversary of Hiroshima by challenging Americans to face the reality that the atomic bombings were not, in fact, a matter of military necessity. 
  • The Next System Project was cited in MintPress News and Gar discussed the effort on WBAI’s Building Bridges radio program and in an interview with Social Capital Markets (SOCAP). 

  • In a piece for Medium, Director of Communications John Duda emphasized the need to think critically about who benefits from solar energy development, highlighting institutions and policies that are building wealth in low-income communities and communities of color while at the same time creating a more sustainable energy system. 

  • The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) profiled The Democracy Collaborative and the work of BALLE Local Economy Fellow Steve Dubb.

  • Recommended reads: Capitalism for Everyone: Encouraging Companies to Adopt Employee Ownership Programs and Broad-Based Profit Sharing from the Center for American Progress; Realizing Possibilities of the Connected Economy from the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; City Financial Inclusion Efforts: A National Overview from the National League of Cities; and Building Financial Capability: A Planning Guide for Integrated Services from CFED. 

  • Featured websites: Community Wealth Building, Metro Denver’s Economic Prosperity Network; and Racial Equity Tools

July 2015

This month’s developments include: 

  • We re-launch website and release a new animated film explaining the community wealth building approach.
  • The Democracy Collaborative is hiring for the following positions: Office Administrator, Communications Associate, Special Assistant to the Co-Founder,and National Coordinator of Teach-Ins on the Next System. 
  • Gus Speth, Co-Chair of the Next System Project and a Senior Fellow with The Democracy Collaborative, speaks about the imperative of taking a systemic approach to confront the environmental crises facing us in The Leap. The Next System Project also released a new video featuring MIT Associate Professor of Urban Politics Phillip Thompson.
  • We congratulate our partners in the Northwest Area Foundation-funded Learning/Action Lab for Community Wealth Building on several important milestones, as well as the Community Wealth Building Initiative for the launch of its first employee-owned company. 
  •  An article in New Start Magazine examines critical success factors in the development of Cleveland’s Evergreen Cooperatives. Manager of Community Development Programs Sarah McKinley was interviewed in the Polish publication Magazyn Miasta (Cities Magazine).
  • Democracy Collaborative Co-Founder Gar Alperovitz contrasts American and European urban challenges in City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis, a collection of essays co-published by the culture and politics magazine n+1
  • Recommended reads: Locking in the Promise to Buy Local from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Building Momentum from the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Promoting Justice in Policing from the The Center for Popular Democracy and PolicyLink; Increasing Financial Well-Being through Integration: Gaining and Sustaining Housing Stability from CFED; Land Banks and Land Banking: 2nd Edition from the Center for Community Progress.
  • Featured websites: Wellspring Collaborative; Future Economy

June 2015

This month’s developments include: 

  • We feature a short documentary about the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, a participant in our Learning/Action Lab for Community Wealth Building. 
  • On May 20, we hosted the National Launch webinar for the Next System Project, moderated by Laura Flanders of GRITtv. We feature webinar panelists Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, and Juliet Schor, professor of Sociology at Boston College, in two new videos from the Next System Project. 
  • The Next System Project is featured in Waging Nonviolence  and Treehugger. Research Director Steve Dubb discussed the trajectory of the new economy movement in Shelterforce magazine’s Rooflines. 
  • The Democracy Collaborative Co-Founder Gar Alperovitz contributed an article to Al Jazeera, and draws on the Roosevelt Institute’s most recent report, Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy, written by Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz
  • Recommended reads: Cooperation among Cooperatives: Quantifying the Business Case for Credit Unions and Other CooperativesFilene Research Institute; Powerful Partners: Lessons from Community Foundations about Resident Engagement, CFLeads; Flexible Savings: The Missing Foundation for Financial Security and Economic Mobility,  New America; Austin Co-Op Summit 2015: Local Government Support for CooperativesDemocracy at Work Institute & Austin Cooperative Business Association
  • Featured websites: Ecotrust; Co-op Law

May 2015

This month’s developments include: 

  • We release the public summary of our latest report, Healthcare Small Business Gap Analysis
  • We announce the establishment of Anchors for Resilient Communities (ARC), a partnership with Health Care Without Harm and Emerald Cities Collaborative.
  • The Next System Project is featured in The Nation, YES! Magazine and Orion Magazine. Articles in Grist and Next City  highlight The Democracy Collaborative’s work in Cleveland, Baltimore, and Rochester. The cities of Philadelphia, Toronto and Preston, England launch anchor-based community wealth building strategies. 
  • New C-W City: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Recommended reads: Beyond Business as Usual: Putting Cooperation to Work in Austin, TXCooperation Texas; Our Kind of Town: A Financial Plan that Puts Chicago’s Communities First, The ReFund America Project, Roosevelt Institute; Successful Cooperative Ownership Transitions: Case Studies on the Conversion of Privately Held Businesses to Worker Cooperatives, Democracy at Work Institute and the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives; Exploring Economic and Health Impacts of Local Food Procurement, Illinois Public Health Institute and the Crossroads Resource Center.
  • Featured websites: Economics for Equity & Environment; Build Healthy Places Network

April 2015

This month’s developments include:

  • We launch the Next System Project and release the first Next System Project report, The Next System Project: New Political-Economic Possibilities for the 21st Century. On May 20 at 3 pm EDT, we will host a free webinar on the project.
  • We release a new report, Community Wealth Building in Jackson, Mississippi: Strategic Considerations, which identifies opportunities to build a cooperative economy in Jackson, Mississippi linked to anchor institution procurement.
  • On April 28, The Democracy Collaborative will co-host a webinar with Project Equity on their latest report, Business Conversions to Worker Cooperatives: Insights and Readiness Factors for owners and employees. 
  • C-W Interview: Emily Kawano, co-director of the Wellspring Cooperative Corporation, based in Springfield, Massachusetts.

March 2015

This month’s developments include:

  • We release our first annual impact report. 
  • In Nonprofit Quarterly, Democracy Collaborative Co-founder Gar Alperovitz discusses the growing wealth and income divide in the United States. Gar also co-authored an article with Senior Research Associate Thomas Hanna in YES! Magazine, in which they discuss net neutrality and community-owned broadband.
  • We announce that we will be working with the City of Rochester, New York to develop a plan to launch worker-owned cooperatives in partnership with local anchor institutions.
  • Politico Magazine highlighted the Evergreen Cooperatives and their role in the Greater University Circle Initiative in an article and video. 
  • Our report A New Anchor Mission for a New Century was cited by Laura Flanders in YES! Magazine; Peter Berliner, managing director of Mission Investors Exchange; and Gerry Roll, Executive Director for the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky.

February 2015

This month’s developments include:

  • We highlight the release of the Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) Collective's free e-book, Scaling Up the Cooperative Movementco-edited by Democracy Collaborative Senior Research Associate Thomas Hanna. Additionally, Thomas’s blog on locally owned power in Nebraska was featured in Yes! Magazine. 
  • We congratulate our friends and partners at the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network for receiving the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. 
  • Executive Director Ted Howard, Research Director Steve Dubb, and  Senior Research Associate David Zuckerman presented at the 14th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference. 
  • In Alternet, Senior Fellow Gus Speth describes the current state of “uneconomic growth” in America, highlighting several locally rooted business forms that can support a transition to a people-oriented economy. 
  • Community Development Associate Violeta Duncan describes community foundations’ transition from passive to active grantmaking in an article in Social Enterprise Canada

January 2015

Happy New Year and welcome to our January newsletter. We start 2015 with the following developments:

  • Our most recent report A New Anchor Mission for a New Century was profiled earlier this month in Forbes magazine and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
  • In an Al Jazeera article, Democracy Collaborative Co-founder Gar Alperovitz argues for a guaranteed income to improve the plight of veterans and in a Truthout article Gar explores the challenges of structuring institutions of justice. Gar and the Collaborative are also cited in an article in Dissent magazine describing Reading, Pennsylvania’s rebuild Reading initiative.
  • We share the findings of the National Cooperative Business Association's exploratory journey (Democracy Collaborative Research Director Steve Dubb participated in the delegation) to learn about the conversion of state controlled enterprises into worker-owned cooperative in Cuba.
  • In December, our Executive Director Ted Howard presented at the Annual Learning Exchange of the Richmond based B-corp and CDFI, Virginia Community Capital. 
  • C-W Interview: Ed Whitfield, Fund for Democratic Communities

December 2014

This month’s new developments include:

  • The Democracy Collaborative highlights the accomplishments of this past year. We published four major reports and partnered with local leaders in communities around the country to design community wealth building strategies.
  • We look forward to 2015 and continuing our work on the Learning/ Action Lab for Community Wealth Building and The Anchor Dashboard Learning Cohort, along with a myriad of other projects, including the Next System Project.
  • We re-launch our web portal early in the coming year.
  • We introduce our newest, C-W City:  Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Though one of the most segregated cities in America, residents in Milwaukee are working hard to promote economic and social inclusion.