CUMU and The Democracy Collaborative partner with 31 colleges and universities to launch the Anchor Learning NetworkSubmitted by john on September 9th, 2019
The Anchor Learning Network is a joint project of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), a national organization dedicated to connecting urban universities and their community partners, and The Democracy Collaborative, and is supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It builds on the success of the Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative, a year-long pilot program launched in 2018, in bringing colleges and universities together to jointly explore how they can adopt an anchor mission: using their place-based assets—educational and operational—to advance the well-being of the communities they call home. Read more about CUMU and The Democracy Collaborative partner with 31 colleges and universities to launch the Anchor Learning Network...
The Democracy Collaborative’s new report Anchor Collaboratives: Building Bridges with Place-Based Partnerships and Anchor Institutions discusses the role of anchor institutions and collaboratives in leveraging the power of their economic assets to address social and economic disparities and to revitalize local communities.
The report focuses on the work of anchor institutions and partner organizations that have joined to form place-based networks, or anchor collaboratives, to develop, implement, and support shared goals and initiatives that advance equitable and inclusive economic development strategies. Anchor mission work is not easy, but our hope is that this state of the field report will provide information and assistance to groups wanting to do anchor mission work or to create anchor collaboratives.
- Submitted by john on March 18th, 2019
From January 16th to 18th, 2019 the second Anchor Collaborative Convening brought together 55 leaders and champions of anchor collaboratives from 25 communities across the US and Canada. The Democracy Collaborative would like to extend our immense gratitude to New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA), The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and to all of our participants who brought thoughtful, fun and creative energy throughout.
The Memphis Medical District Collaborative is a community development organization working with partners to strengthen the communities in the Memphis Medical District.
Between July and September 2018, The Democracy Collaborative and Innovate Memphis conducted a review of MMDC’s work during its first two years of operation. This research process was composed of a review of baseline anchor data, stakeholder surveys, and current program data; stakeholder interviews with over 30 partners, anchor staff, board members, and funders; and facilitated work sessions with MMDC staff and board members.
The resulting case study summarizes themes from this review process, with the goal of painting an accurate picture of the scope of work currently undertaken by MMDC and its partners, and representing common themes articulated by key stakeholder groups. Document review and interview themes are supplemented by Innovate Memphis’ local context knowledge of Memphis’s economic development ecosystem and TDC’s national perspective on the field of anchor collaboratives and community wealth building.
- Submitted by john on August 10th, 2018
On June 11th and 12th, The Anchor Collaborative Convening brought together 135 leaders and champions of anchor collaborations from 35 communities across the US and Canada. Read more about The Anchor Collaborative Convening ...
Submitted by dylan on May 10th, 2018
Senior Associate, Advisory Services
Danny is a facilitator, educator, and organizational change leader. As a Senior Associate for Advisory Services, he has the great pleasure of working with communities across the country to unlock solutions to challenging and deeply rooted systemic challenges.
Prior to joining The Democracy Collaborative, Danny worked with Seattle Children's Hospital, as a Sustainability Fellow and later as a consultant, to build the foundations of inclusive, place-based purchasing and hiring strategies. He has experience working with small businesses and nonprofits to implement continuous improvement initiatives, collaborative decision making processes, and programs that foster environmental and social justice. Danny holds an MBA in Sustainable Systems from Presidio Graduate School and a BA in Theater from Knox College.
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