Ensuring a Sustainable Future

Jody Heymann and Magda Barrera

Jody Heymann of UCLA and Magda Barrera of McGill University bring experts together from the fields of public health, climate risk, urban and regional planning, sustainable agriculture, and water governance in a new book that examines economically viable solutions to the environmental challenges that disproportionately impact the world’s poorest populations. 

Journal of Higher Education Outreach & Engagement

Anchor Institution Task Force
Journal of Higher Education Outreach & Engagement

Moderated by the Anchor Institution Task Force, this special issue of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement details the successes and challenges of anchor institution–community partnerships and discusses what it takes to create and sustain eective collaborative strategies. Topics covered include: what it means to be an anchor institution, how to build coalitions and collective expertise, engaging the arts, how colleges can support entrepreneurial ecosystems, the role of higher education in Promise Neighborhoods, and the role of service-learning in promoting anchor institution work. Detailed case studies are presented from Syracuse, Widener, Miami Dade College, Tulsa Community College, Lehigh, University of Michigan, and University of Tennessee.

All-In Nation: An America That Works for All

This new book from PolicyLink and the Center for American Progress offers policy recommendations for building a prosperous economy by ensuring that all are able to participate and achieve their full potential – particularly communities of color that are quickly becoming the nation’s majority. As the nation undergoes profound demographic shifts, equity has increasingly become an economic imperative. Comprising essays and policy solutions from leading thinkers and trailblazing activists across multiple policy arenas, this collection explores issues from education and workforce development to democratic participation. The book aims to advance the national conversation beyond focus on what’s wrong to looking for what works.

What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution

Gar Alperovitz

New book from political economist and historian Gar Alperovitz, the co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative, outlines how we can democratize wealth and build a community sustaining economy from the ground up.

Investing in What Works for America’s Communities

Nancy O. Andrews, et. al.

Published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Low Income Investment Fund, Investing in What Works for America’s Communities is a collection of essays highlighting promising anti-poverty strategies in communities across our nation.

Non Profit Quarterly: Special Issue on the Non-Profit Economy

Gar Alperovitz

Is the way we are currently using the capital available to us working during a period of declining social spending and greater inequality? In this issue of Nonprofit Quarterly, Gar Alperovitz of The Democracy Collaborative and others discuss ways to enhance community wellbeing.

The Small-Mart Revolution

Michael Shuman

Contrary to popular belief, many small, locally-owned businesses actually out-perform their “big box” and Fortune 500 competition. In this new book, social entrepreneur and author Michael Shuman details dozens of specific strategies that small and home-based businesses are using to successfully out-compete the world's largest companies.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.