How can cities redeploy their economic development resources to focus on building a more inclusive economy grounded in broad, local ownership? How can policymakers get strategies like worker cooperative development the support and resources needed to reach truly meaningful scale? How can collaborations between communities, local government, and key institutional stakeholders build pathways to economic equity for the people left behind by the traditional trickle-down economic playbook? Read more about Municipal leaders share visions for cities that build community wealth...
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What are the emerging models in democratized ownership and local economic development that can best help communities build wealth? How can institutional resources – public, private, and non-profit – be comprehensively aligned for both impact and inclusion? Which effective alternative strategies can help policymakers leave behind the broken models of subsidy-driven "smokestack chasing" in order to truly build healthy, sustainable, and equitable local economies? Our work gives community wealth building advocates the tools and best practices they need to build a new economy.
Our Community-Wealth.org site is an essential resource for practitioners and policy makers working to build community wealth. For almost a decade, our site has served as a central clearinghouse for key research and reports from the field, cutting across traditional community development silos and offering a comprehensive guide to local wealth building strategies.
At the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Summit on Climate Change Resilience and Governance, Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz offered these 15 closing comments. Read more about Gar Alperovitz: Closing keynote at the AAAS Climate Change Summit...
Co-published by two research centers of the University of California, Berkeley, this paper from the Democracy Collaborative explores the impact of anchor institutions on wealth building and job creation in low-income communities.
Forefront interviews Ted Howard, who describes how large, so-called anchor institutions can make a difference in the high-unemployment, high-poverty neighborhoods in which they operate. But he also says they should be ready for unintended consequences as they do.
Ted Howard contributed this essay to Investing in What Works for America’s Communities, a book published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Low Income Investment Fund that calls on leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build on what we know is working to move the needle on poverty.
On April 24th, The Democracy Collaborative’s Executive Director Ted Howard presented testimony before Illinois’ Governor’s Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise. His presentation and companion brief outlined low-cost, high-return steps that could be implemented in Illinois to help build stronger communities.