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July 7, 2020
The role of regional cooperative banks

The role of regional cooperative banks in community wealth building

An important shift brought about by the community wealth building movement is towards regionalizing and localizing financial flows and keeping money in communities through initiatives such as local currencies and community banks. This is now rapidly catching on in the UK.

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July 7, 2020
The Preston model

The Preston model: An overview

The “Preston Model” is helping inspire a new conversation about the role of local government in catalyzing locally-driven economic revitalization and transforming patterns of ownership towards democratic alternatives.

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June 30, 2020
Community wealth summit

Community Wealth Summit

The summit is a week of virtual learning and place-based organizing to rebuild local economies around shared ownership and racial justice.
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June 23, 2020
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Racial & Ethnic Economic Inequality and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Democracy Collaborative prepared a report, created for the Healthcare Anchor Network, that looked at how racial and ethnic disparities in the economy are showing up in the COVID-19 pandemic and in the public policy response to the pandemic. The report also covers how the economic effects of the pandemic will likely impact racial and ethnic inequality.

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June 10, 2020
Owning our future after COVID-19

Owning Our Future After COVID-19

The Democracy Collaborative is putting forward a five-point plan for national economic reconstruction and community transformation as the nation faces a once-in-a-generation opening to build a better world.
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June 3, 2020
George Floyd mural: I Can't Breathe

On the murder of George Floyd and the crisis engulfing our nation

We add our voices to the growing chorus of those insisting that without justice there can be no peace. This moment causes us to redouble our commitment to the fundamental belief that we must bring about deep systemic change.

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June 1, 2020
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Data Analysis Intern, Healthcare Anchor Network - Washington, D.C. (Possible remote work until re-opening of office)

The Democracy Collaborative (TDC) is hiring for a DC-based, part-time (up to 20 hours per week), paid intern position to support the work of the Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN). The internship will focus on maintaining and analyzing a database related to tracking the impact healthcare institutions can have on the social and economic wellbeing of communities.

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May 13, 2020
The future is public

The Future is Public: Towards democratic ownership of public services

The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated that public services and the people who operate them are truly the foundation of healthy and resilient societies, This book explores a growing international (re)municipalization movement that is helping redefine public ownership for the 21st century.

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May 7, 2020
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Investor guidelines for shared value creation in employee ownership transitions unveiled

In mid-January, the Rutgers Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing held its mid-year Kelso fellows meeting, in which scholars and practitioners spent two days sharing research and ideas to deepen understanding of the many forms of employee ownership. Among wide-ranging
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April 24, 2020
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Health Systems and Housing: Collaborating to Promote Affordable Housing Policy Opportunities

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, authorities have urged Americans to stay home, and a growing number of cities and states are ordering residents to shelter in place, underscoring the critical need for safe, secure housing for all. As government leaders mobilize to immediately support people

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Videos

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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
Ayrshire CWB

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

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