John Duda started working for the Democracy Collaborative as Communications Coordinator in 2011. He holds a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master's degree in Logic from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and a PhD in Intellectual History from Johns Hopkins University, where his dissertation examined the genealogy of the idea of "self-organization" in politics and the sciences. He is also a founding collective member at Red Emma's, a worker-owned cooperative bookstore and coffeehouse in Baltimore, and has worked extensively as a digital media activist supporting a variety of grassroots independent media projects.
In this article for Yes! Magazine, Democracy Collaborative Communications Director John Duda writes on one of the oldest worker-owned cooperative ecosystems in the world in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and what we can learn from it.
- NewStartWe need to move beyond ‘projects’ and towards policies that help build and sustain community wealth, says John Duda of the Democracy Collaborative
- Submitted by john on September 17th, 2014Three cities, three strategies for community wealth building
Communities across the country are recognizing the tremendous resources nonprofit anchor institutions (like hospitals and universities) can provide as engines of inclusive and equitable economic development. Read more about Models for mobilizing multiple anchor institutions...
- Long Island Press
A look at the rise of worker cooperatives in NYC against the backdrop of a growing national movement.
- Submitted by john on June 23rd, 2014Exciting news from Jacksonville, Florida, New York City, Austin, Texas and Richmond, Virginia
The past few weeks have seen a flurry of impressive activity at the level of city government, all around policies designed to build community wealth and encourage the growth of cooperative local economies. It's encouraging to see that the work of grassroots developers, local foundations, community activists, and field builders (like ourselves here at the Democracy Collaborative) is beginning to gain a foothold in the world of municipal policy. Read more about City governments building community wealth and cooperative local economies ...
- Submitted by john on December 5th, 2013An interview with Melissa Hoover, Executive Director of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Melissa Hoover is the Executive Director of the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC), the national membership organization for worker cooperatives, founded in 2004. She is also a founding director of the nonprofit Democracy at Work Institute, which provides technical assistance resources to worker cooperatives. Read more about Converting Existing Businesses to Worker Cooperatives...