Ted Howard, Executive Director of The Democracy Collaborative moderated a plenary panel at CleanMed 2014 on the Cleveland anchor institution framework. A video of the discussion, which featured top leadership from the Cleveland Foundation, the City of Cleveland, University Hospitals, and the Cleveland Clinic is available here.
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Democracy Collaborative Executive Director Ted Howard talks to ICIC about how anchor institutions can play a key role in inclusive development in traditionally underserved communities.
Research Associates Dave Zuckerman and Sarah McKinley discussed impact metrics for anchor institutions at the Community-Campus Partnership for Health Conference along with David Perry of the University of Illinois, Chicago and Leif Elsmo of the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz joined BALLE co-founder Michael Shuman in a conversation on how to build sustainable communities through inclusive local economic development.
Senior Research Associate Thomas Hanna and Andrew McLeod of Collective Seeds Consulting Cooperative guest edit Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO)’s blog series, Scaling-Up the Cooperative Movement. The series includes essays from The Democracy Collaborative’s Gar Alperovitz, Joe Guinan, and Thomas Hanna, as well as several co-op experts, including Hilary Abell author of Worker Cooperatives: Pathways to Scale.
Research Director Steve Dubb and Research Associate Dave Zuckerman were featured presenters at the MedStar Health Roundtable at Georgetown University.
Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz discussed the contradiction between unending economic growth and ecological sustainability.
At the end of April, Ted Howard, Executive Director of the Democracy Collaborative, delivered the keynote address on “Closing the Wealth Gap: the Community Wealth Building Paradigm” at the German Marshall Fund’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities National Network Workshop in Cleveland.
This new report, authored by Democracy Collaborative Senior Fellow Marjorie Kelly, offers a comprehensive framework of community investing, ownership, and wealth control models to enhance the social, ecological, and economic well-being of rural areas.
Democracy Collaborative senior fellows Marjorie Kelly and Joe Guinan and senior researcher Thomas Hanna each contribute chapters to a new free e-book, Democratic Wealth: Building a Citizens' Economy. The authors discuss economic institutions, alternative economic system designs, and forms of democratic ownership. This open Democracy and Politics in Spires series, hosted by the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, advances the conversation on visioning an economic system that serves the common good.
Gar Alperovitz and Michael Albert have been at the forefront of efforts to design and build an economy beyond capitalism for decades - efforts that have become even more relevant in our age of economic and ecological crises.
An independent Scotland should want no part in either surrendering monetary sovereignty or EU constitutionalised neoliberalism.
Peter Buffett and his wife, Jennifer, head up the NoVo Foundation, whose $1 billion endowment was made possible by Peter's father, famed investor Warren Buffett. Last year, Peter wrote a scathing opinion piece in the New York Times that called out traditional philanthropy for treating symptoms while ignoring the underlying systemic issues. Now that the dust has settled, Peter Buffett sat down with Gar Alperovitz, longtime advocate for a transition to a more just, equitable, and sustainable economic system, for a conversation about hope, change, personal commitment, and community roots.
“I’m hopeful because of young folks like Nick Tilsen. Nick built a community center that uses spiritual and cultural teachings to help young people stay off drugs and their parents live healthier lifestyles. It’s making a difference. Today he’s building something bigger, a clean energy community that will provide affordable housing and help more Lakota small businesses get off the ground. Day by day, family by family, community by community, Nick and his nonprofit have helped inspire a new beginning for Pine Ridge.Nick says we decided as a community to take ownership of our own future. And that makes me hopeful.”
- President Barack Obama, The White House Tribal Nations Conference, Dec. 5, 2012
Royal Mail has been privatized. What if the postal workers were to pool their shares, worth 10 percent of the company, in a union-administered workers' trust?
Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz expands on his vision of a cooperative and community-sustaining economy with Editor Scott Gast of Orion magazine.
Democracy Collaborative executive director Ted Howard presented at the Strong Cities, Strong Communities Bootcamp hosted by the German Marshall Fund of the United States on opportunities to incorporate anchor strategies intoNew Orleans’ Prosperity NOLA plan. Mayor Landrieu attended the event, as did executives from five of the city’s major anchor institutions.
In his guest column for Governing, Ted Howard makes the case for anchor engagement in low-income communities, targeted at measurable outcomes and results. Read the article
IN THE LAST YEAR of his life, Martin Luther King Jr. struggled with what are best understood as existential challenges as he began to move toward an ever-more-profound and radical understanding of what would be required to deal with the nation’s domestic and international problems.
The Democracy Collaborative's co-founder, Gar Alperovitz, contributed a chapter on the new economy to the Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability report.
Building on the "Redefining Rustbelt" event, Ted Howard presented the Anchor Dashboard to a national audioconference organized by the Federal Reserve System. Listen to the presentation
In November, the Democracy Collaborative's Ted Howard and Sarah McKinley, along with Charles Rutheiser of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, presented The Anchor Dashboard as part of a national webcast at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Britain is an extreme oddity regarding privatisation: nowhere else in the advanced world is there such a willingness to sell everything that isn’t nailed down. Time and again the British public is ripped off and sold out by its leaders.
Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz and Senior Researcher Thomas Hanna discuss the challenge of sustaining and building participatory decision-making structures and organizations within a corporate capitalist system. They note the recent bankruptcy filing of Fagor Electrodomésticos Group, the principle company of the Mondragon Corporation, as an impetus to confront the institutional incompatibilities between the free market and cooperative forms.