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All health is public health: Busting the myths of choice and commodity

For decades, we have been sold a myth of private health. It is a myth that our health is largely a product of individual choices and personal responsibilities. It is a myth that our healthcare is a service that private corporations can provide, and for which we must pay to survive. But the COVID-19

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Neil McInroy joins TDC to advise stepped-up community wealth building program

The former CEO of a leading UK economic think tank will be central in helping build capacity to offer powerful new technical assistance to cities and local authorities pursuing community wealth building strategies.

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The Democracy Collaborative and The Democracy Collaborative Workers' Union agree to fair severance package for laid-off staff

TDC and union members have agreed to a package of protections that goes well beyond the baseline severance provisions for layoffs agreed to in TDC’s union contract.

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HAN Anchoring Resilience: Aligning supply chains and impact purchasing for community health summit

The Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN) convened the “Anchoring Resilience: Aligning Supply Chains and Impact Purchasing for Community Health” summit to spark collaboration in the healthcare sector around onshoring and localizing production of PPE and other supplies, with an emphasis on equity, sustainability, and supply chain resilience.

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Reimagining Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supply Chains

The Democracy Collaborative prepared a report, created for the Healthcare Anchor Network, which details the current status of the supply chain of PPE, the market shifts caused by COVID-19, and the potential solutions to ensure capacity within US health systems for the future.

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June 23, 2021
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Our values

The Democracy Collaborative staff in 2021 worked together to craft this statement of seven values that reflect what we expect of each other and what drives our work. Community: We work together to advance aligned and cohesive goals while embracing personal autonomy. We make space for fun, enjoy our

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June 3, 2021
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Bush-Bowman congressional resolution calls for a shift to public power

The resolution by Reps. Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman shows how we can replace the privatized, fossil-fueled, and racist energy system that we live with today with a public and community-controlled energy system that is rooted in justice.

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May 12, 2021
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New York needs “a public option” in electricity to meet climate and equity goals, report says

NEWS RELEASE: The New York State Build Public Renewables Act would make the New York Power Authority a major developer of renewable energy in the state and a key consumer energy provider.

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May 10, 2021
A New Era of Public Power

A new era of public power: A vision for New York Power Authority in pursuit of climate justice

New Yorkers have the opportunity to demand, build, and benefit from a more democratic and equitable energy system. This report shows how the New York Public Authority can play a central role in meeting the state's sustainability and equity goals.
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May 5, 2021
Energy democracy and public power

Energy democracy and public power

Public power campaigns are striking at the heart of the fossil-fueled energy system and taking on upholders of the status quo. A four-page pamphlet tells the story.

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Employee Ownership and Inequality: A New Call for Business Leaders

Jessica Rose, CFO and Director of Employee Ownership Programs at the Democracy Collaborative, shares how employee ownership offers a set of market-based solutions to combat inequality.
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Using Business to Address the Root Causes of Income Inequality

In this video, Jessica Rose, CFO and Director of Employee Ownership Programs at the Democracy Collaborative, explains how businesses can develop market-based solutions to income inequality.
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Reinvent the Economy: Gus Speth joins Dave Gardner's podcast

Democracy Collaborative Distinguished Fellow and Next System Project co-chair Gus Speth speaks on Conversation Earth with Dave Gardner to discuss the past, present, and future of climate change and the detrimental growth of the economy: “We need to get beyond this consumerism, to get beyond our
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June 2, 2020
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Community Wealth Building Launch - Summary

In May 2020, the Ayrshire Council launched a new Community Wealth Building strategy. If you missed the live launch you can watch the full video on their Facebook page. Look out for more updates about our Community Wealth Building journey coming soon. To find out more visit our website: www.north

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May 2, 2014
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Hospitals Building Healthier Communities: Investing Outside Institutional Walls

This webinar, organized by the Association for Community Health Improvement and the American Hospital Association, outlined opportunities for hospitals to promote health through economic development and community investment. The discussion used the findings of The Anchor Dashboard as a starting
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June 19, 2013
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Ted Howard speaks at the St. Louis Federal Reserve

In a four-city event on “Community Development in Times of Austerity,” hosted by the St. Louis Federal Reserve and broadcast nationally via streaming video, The Democracy Collaborative’s executive Director Ted Howard presented the community wealth building model as the new paradigm of sustainable
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Resources for anchor institutions

How anchor institutions can leverage their resources to build community wealth read more
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Resources for funders and financial institutions

How to support the community wealth building ecosystem read more
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Resources for local government

Getting started on advancing community wealth building through local policy read more
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Resources for community partners

How to advance community wealth building in your geography read more
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Ownership futures

If the 21st century is to be one of genuinely shared prosperity that is democratic and sustainable by design, new, more democratic models of public ownership will be needed for the commanding heights of the next economy, including our digital and natural resources. read more
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Democracy Collaborative Newsletter Archive

Our monthly updates on community wealth building and the democratic economy. read more
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About The Democracy Collaborative

The Democracy Collaborative is a research and development lab for the democratic economy. read more
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Consulting and Advisory Services

We offer a variety of services to community stakeholders—local governments, community foundations, grassroots organizations, anchor institutions and collaboratives—interested in advancing a democratic economy, from initial grounding workshops and facilitated convenings to long-term place-based engagements and cohort network building. To start a conversation about whether we can help you advance your work to build community wealth, email us at consulting@democracycollaborative.org. read more
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Next Generation Enterprise and Systemic Design

We need to envision and create an entirely new concept of the company—a just and democratic firm—designed for a new mandate: to serve broad well-being and the public good. read more
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Open Positions at the Democracy Collaborative

The following positions are currently open at the Democracy Collaborative: read more