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The fundamental challenge of 2022 and beyond

Our economy remains deeply unequal as it recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A dangerous gulf remains between the magnitude of the systemic challenge and the scope and scale of the responses.
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Our economy remains deeply unequal as it recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A dangerous gulf remains between the magnitude of the systemic challenge and the scope and scale of the responses.
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A new era for community wealth building

This report shows how community wealth building uniquely meets the crises of our time and how this model is already reshaping cities and communities across the globe, including a landmark opportunity in Chicago.

Scotland the Brave: Community wealth building makes national progress

Scotland has made significant progress in placing community wealth building at the core of economic policy. This is what we learned from a recent fact-finding trip.

The power of community utilities

Publicly and cooperatively owned electric utilities (community utilities) have the potential to demonstrate what an equitable, clean energy system looks like in the United States. They could become powerful “anchor institutions” in their community by grounding their decisions in democratic governance and community partnership, affordable energy and community wealth building, and access to renewable energy.

The Healthcare Anchor Network launches as an independent organization

As a new organization, HAN looks forward to deepening its impact in the healthcare sector and reaching a critical mass of health systems adopting as an institutional priority improving community health and well-being.

Family wealth building isn’t enough: We must pursue community wealth building

To address growing wealth inequality, and in particular the racial wealth gap, we must build wealth in our communities. Community wealth building is a new way of thinking about economic development, poverty alleviation, and wealth creation and accumulation.

Revisiting community control of land and housing in the wake of COVID-19

As our housing crisis worsens during the COVID-19 pandemic, we urgently need new approaches and institutions that center permanent affordability, community ownership and control, and the long-term goal of decommodification.

How we are building the democratic economy...

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Theory and policy for a next system

We advance bold and transformative policy interventions that move the US and global political economy decisively toward systemic change through democratic ownership and control.
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A community wealth building movement

We promote policies and practices that transform local economic development strategies so that wealth stays rooted in communities and is democratically controlled to benefit all residents.
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Climate justice and energy democracy

In our push for a fossil-fuel-free future, we focus on structural issues of ownership, control, finance, and equity, underscoring how a just transition and a democratic economy go hand in hand.
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Next-generation enterprise design

We envision an entirely new concept of the company and a redefined role for capital and its institutions that are based on a new mandate to serve broad well-being and the public good.
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Racial equity and reparative justice

We confront the systemic racism that is deeply embedded in our political economy and work to ensure that the democratic economy we build is reparative and antiracist at its core.
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Anchor institution connections

We are creating a national movement of anchor institutions—place-based nonprofits like universities and hospitals—working together to build community wealth.
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Award-winning journalist Laura Flanders has just released a half hour documentary called “Community Wealth Building: An Economic Reset.”

City of Glasgow, Scotland

Scotland has made significant progress in placing community wealth building at the core of economic policy. This is what we learned from a recent fact-finding trip.

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The Veterans Health Administration—the country’s only fully public, integrated healthcare system—has a lot to tell us about how a national healthcare service for the United States might operate.

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Labor movements must pursue a social and economic vision that can address the deep structural inequalities these pandemic years have exposed. Preston gives a glimpse of the exciting possibilities that collaboration with unions could achieve.