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June 30, 2020

Resources for community partners

How to advance community wealth building in your geography. To learn more about different strategies for community wealth building, see community-wealth.org 

Community control of land and housing

Community Control of Land and Housing: Exploring strategies for combating displacement, expanding ownership, and building community wealth

This report seeks to broaden awareness, discourse, and adoption of community control of land and housing strategies among various stakeholders who have a genuine desire to see stable, healthy, equitable, and sustainable local communities flourish.
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Sparking the conversation in your community: A DIY guide to planning your own community wealth building summit

In this Community Wealth Innovators Series whitepaper, Justine Porter maps out how she and her grassroots team pulled together a community wealth building summit in Poughkeepsie, New York — and highlights the lessons learned so that you can benefit from their experience in planning your own community wealth building summit in your community.

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Educate and Empower: Tools for Building Community Wealth

Low-income communities and communities of color, in challenging structural economic and social inequality, have historically grappled with tensions inherent to development. Who participates in, directs, and ultimately owns the economic-development process? This report draws on case studies of 11 different community economic development initiatives from across the U.S. to highlight a diverse set of powerful answers to this and other critical questions.

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Building Resiliency through Green Infrastructure: A Community Wealth Building Approach

How investments in the green infrastructure needed for climate resiliency can be leveraged to build community wealth with worker cooperatives and social enterprises.

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An Indigenous Approach to Community Wealth Building: A Lakota Translation

Drawing on the work done in the Learning/Action Lab for Community Wealth Building, Stephanie Gutierrez explores how a systemic approach to inclusive local economic development needs a process of active translation to resonate with the traditional values at the core of Native communities.

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Conversations on Community Wealth Building

Drawing on a decade’s worth of conversations with key leaders in the growing field, from cooperative developers and community activists to impact investors and social enterprise innovators, this book of interviews from the Democracy Collaborative dives into the front lines of the movement to build community wealth.

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September 12, 2014
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Infographic: The Cleveland Model

Our infographic explains how the Cleveland Model functions and how it includes the entire community to keep wealth local.

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July 9, 2018
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A Q&A on movement building, racial equity, and community wealth with Ronnie Galvin, the new VP of Engaged Practice at The Democracy Collaborative

With Ronnie Galvin joining The Democracy Collaborative as our new Vice President of Engaged Practice, we thought we’d sit down with him for a quick Q&A about the perspective he brings to community wealth building: John Duda, Director of Communications: There’s a lot happening right now to be

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March 19, 2018
CWB: 8 Basic Principles

Community Wealth Building: Eight Basic Principles

Based on Ted Howard’s remarks to the recent Alternative Models of Ownership conference, we’ve distilled the eight basic principles behind community wealth building—a transformative approach to local economic development—into this handy one page guide.

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September 23, 2014
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The Cleveland Model: How the Evergreen Cooperatives Build Community Wealth

The Cleveland Model brings community economic development and the purchasing power of anchor institutions like hospitals and universities together into a single coordinated strategy to build democratized wealth and cooperative business ownership in low-income neighborhoods. Find out more about the
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