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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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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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November 22, 2021
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Assessing COP26 and what must come next to address climate change

Democracy Collaborative board member Charles McNeill was in Glasgow at COP26—the 26th “Conference of the Parties” of the United Nations Climate Change Conference—in November 2021 as senior advisor for the UN Environment Programme. Longtime Democracy Collaborative senior fellow and environmental

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November 9, 2021
Regeneration, not gentrification

A “new direction”: Rediscovering community wealth building in an age of gentrification

New economy advocates must pivot in a new direction that blends place and the democratic economy into a holistic solution that sustains and preserves community over the individual. Ironically, this “new direction” borrows from an idea nearly 50 years old, originating in a tumultuous era of Black activism.

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October 29, 2021
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To address the racial wealth gap, build community wealth

A thriving local economy requires local ownership of productive assets so that the wealth created with them is spread broadly and shared by those who create that wealth in the first place. Sarah McKinley tells a Washington state housing conference.
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October 22, 2021
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The Democracy Collaborative joins House Progressives in urging President Biden to end fossil fuel expansion

Letter calls on President Biden to “declare a climate emergency” and live up to his campaign promises to protect our environment and mitigate the worst effects of the climate crisis.

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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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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

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 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 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