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Healing a Sick System: From Big Pharma to Our Pharma

Imagine a world in which insulin and PrEP—the revolutionary one-a-day preventative HIV pill—were available to all who needed them at prices they could easily afford. Imagine that the effective Lyme disease vaccine once available was still on the market, and that new drugs consistently provided new

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Healthcare as a public service: Redesigning U.S. healthcare with health and equity at the center

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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Preston is putting socialist policies into practice

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.

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This must be the year of climate action—we've wasted so many

The climate issue has grown too large and devastating to ignore. We need the demand for action raised to the highest decibel our civil society can generate.

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The case for investing in employee ownership

For many years now, conventional solutions to income and wealth inequality—minimum wage, unions, progressive taxation, or guaranteed income—have failed to gain enough momentum to reverse the trend of greater and greater accumulation among the already well-off. What if we added a new approach

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Americans deserve publicly owned generic drugs

Bold policies could have saved America’s largest generic drug plant, but it’s never too late to start putting communities first.

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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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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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February 4, 2022
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New federal rule supports employee ownership

There is a promising new pathway for launching new employee-owned businesses thanks to a new federal regulation. This video explains how communities can take advantage of this rule change to support a new wave of locally rooted businesses that build community wealth.
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September 9, 2021
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Pushback against privatizing waste collection in Burlington, Vermont

Burlington, Vermont is in the process of consolidating its fractured, inefficient, carbon intensive waste collection system. Centrists on the city council are advocating for the new system to be semi-privatized. Progressives are pushing back with an effort to bring the consolidated system into
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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

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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 the movement toward 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. The Democracy Collaborative’s mission is to demonstrate in theory and in practice the principles of a democratic economy, offering a vision of what that economy can be, designing models that demonstrate how it operates, and building in coalition with others the pathways to a new reality. 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 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. read more
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Open positions at The Democracy Collaborative

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