Our monthly email newsletter provides an essential overview of the latest news and state of the art developments in community wealth building. Check out the archives below.

April 2014

This month's new developments include:

  • Last month in Jacksonville, Florida, The Democracy Collaborative, the Office of Mayor Alvin Brown, and the Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment organized a day-long Community Wealth Building Roundtable.
  • The City of Chicago and six area anchor institutions have joined the University of Chicago to launch the Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE) initiative and Ted Howard presented opportunities to incorporate anchor strategies into New Orlean's Prosperity NOLA plan at the Strong Cities, Strong Communities Bootcamp, hosted by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. 
  • The Democracy Collaborative participated in an American Hospital Association sponsored webinar as well as the National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s annual conference to discuss strategies for hospitals to promote health through economic development and community investment.
  • Shared ownership models received widespread attention, including Cleveland’s Evergreen Cooperatives and Real Pickles, an organic food business. And we released our new community land trust infographic.
  • Truthout featured a conversation between our co-founder, Gar Alperovitz, and political theorist Michael Albert, in which they compared Albert’s Participatory Economics to Gar’s Pluralist Commonwealth political-economic system model.
  • Chapter on Economic Democracy Profiles Community Wealth Building Strategies
  •  Website Outlines Community Sustaining Political-Economic System
  • Democratic Governance Revitalizes Cities
  • Healthcare Practitioners Promote Placed-Based Approaches to Healthcare
  • Banks Respond Sluggishly to California's Growing Minority Population
  • Guide Offers Tools to Shift Spending Toward Local Businesses
  • Shared Value Initiative

March 2014

This month's new developments include: 

  • Democracy Collaborative Research Associate David Zuckerman presents at the American Hospital Association webinar series, “Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence"
  • Gar Alperovitz spoke with Peter Buffett, chairman of the NOVO Foundation, on systemic change
  • Democracy Collaborative Research Director Steve Dubb participated on a panel at the Aspen Institute to discuss “Big Ideas for Job Creation” 
  • Our Learning/Action Laboratory for Community Wealth Building met in Cleveland to learn about the city’s Greater University Circle Initiative and the Evergreen Cooperatives
  • The release of a new guide on crowdfunding and value chains and an article on article regarding a Cincinnati Union Co-op gathering
  • The release of the Worker Cooperatives section on our website
  • Imagining Systemic Change with Peter Buffett
  • C-W City: Richmond, Virginia
  • Lawmakers Respond to Household Financial Insecurity
  • New Book Combats Enclosures and Embraces the Commons
  • GDP Alternatives Better Capture Measures of Progress
  • New Guide Outlines Tools to Spur Local Investment
  • The Equality of Opportunity Project
  • Boaz & Ruth

February 2014

This month's developments include:

  • The Collaborative welcomes James Gustave Speth as a Senior Fellow.
  • The Illinois Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise released its final report to the Governor, incorporating a number of The Democracy Collaborative’s recommendations to build community wealth. 
  • The Anchor Dashboard is highlighted in a Huffington Post article and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland's Forefront magazine. It has also been picked up by the Roosevelt Institute’s Campus Network as a tool to evaluate the community impact of the Network's institutions.
  • Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz appeared on Reality Asserts Itself on The Real News Network and contributed to the New York Times’ Room for Debate series, “Are Big Banks out of Control” as well as Al Jazeera, where he urges Janet Yellen, the new Chair of the Federal Reserve Board to priorize community wealth building.
  • The Democracy Collaborative releases a new webpage with infographics on community wealth building.
  • This month we interview Rey España, Director of Community Development at the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), one of the most successful urban Native American centers in the nation.
  • Commission to Build a Healthier America Focuses on Improving Community Wellbeing
  • Cleveland's Greater University Circle Inistiative Leverages Anchor Institions to Build Community Wealth
  • United States Department of Agriculture Highlights Cleveland's Evergreen Cooperatives
  • Philadelphia Promotes Local Business Procurement
  • The Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council
  • The California Center for Employee Ownership

January 2014

This month's new developments include: 

  • The Collaborative welcomes Marjorie Kelly to our staff as a Senior Fellow and Director of Advisory Services.
  • We organized the first strategy workshop of the Next System Project, an initiative co-chaired by Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz and prominent environmentalist Gus Speth.
  • The Anchor Dashboard encourages conversations about how to measure the impact of an anchor mission for low-income communities in a Federal Reserve audioconference, Governing magazine, and in Rooflines: The Shelterforce Blog.
  • Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz appeared on Russia Today’s Breaking the Set to discuss his new book, What Then Must We Do?.
  • Gar Alperovitz Reflects on Dr. King's Economic Justice Challenge
  • Video Showcases Anchor Dashboard for Measuring Community Impact
  • Report Explores Green Economies as Drivers of Community Wealth
  • Worker Co-op Launched in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • International Survery Counts 2.9 Million Worker Co-op Member-Owners
  • Municipal Enterprises Create Jobs and Promote Sustainability
  • The Maine Employee Ownership Network
  • Asset Building Policy Network

December 2013

This month's new developments include: 

  • The Anchor Dashboard encourages conversations about how to measure the impact of an anchor mission for low-income communities in a Federal Reserve audioconference, "Redefining Rustbelt: The Role of Anchor Institutions and the Arts", a panel hosted by the Municipal Arts Society of New York on "The Role of Large Institutions in City Building", and a webcast briefing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Newly Launched Interactive Tool Maps Community Wealth Building Activities
  • Interview Reveals Expanded Opportunities for Worker Cooperatives
  • New Book Presents Community Foundations as Anchor Institutions
  • Paper Outlines Strategies to Minimize Risk When Investing in Cooperatives
  • Federal Reserve Paper Finds Local Entrepreneurship Builds Strong Local Economies
  • New Report Argues that Public-Private Parternships Weaken Small Business
  • Local First Arizona
  • A Visual Guide to Employee-Owned Businesses

November 2013

This month’s new developments, include:

  • Our Anchor Dashboard paper, designed to help institutions assess the long-term impact of their economic development activities, was featured in a presentation at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of University Partnerships, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Redefining “Rust Belt” four-city videoconference, The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities’ annual conference, the Municipal Arts Society Summit for New York City, and at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City’s Inner City Economic Summit in Cleveland.
  • Community Wealth Building Key to Democratizing the Economy
  • C-W Interview: Reverend Barry Randolph
  • Book Explores Equitable Solutions to Global Environmental Challenges
  • New Series Investigates Community Wealth Building Inititatives Across the Nation
  • Growing Opportunities to Invest Directly in Communities Builds Local Economies
  • Collaboration Between Anchor Instituions and Food Hubs Supports Local Food Economies
  • Center for Environmental Transformation
  • Cincinatti Union Cooperative

October 2013

This month’s new developments, include:

  • Our Anchor Dashboard paper, designed to help institutions assess the long-term impact of their economic development activities, was profiled in Next City and on the San Francisco Federal Reserve’s "What Works" website.
  • Article Provides Steps to Democratizing the Economy in Communities
  • C-W City: Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Innovative Employers Generate Good Jobs While Boosting Profits
  • Healing Communities Requires Addressing Environmental Factors Outside Hosptial Walls
  • Sharing Economy Promotese Innovative Local Policies
  • New Report Presents Framework for Structuring Successful Cross-Sector Partnerships
  • Wagemark
  • Ioby

September 2013

This month’s new developments include:

  • The release of The Democracy Collaborative’s latest paper and online tool The Anchor Dashboard: Aligning Institutional Practices to Meet Low-Income Community Needs, and companion research report Achieving the Anchor Promise: Improving Outcomes for Low-Income Children, Families and Communities
  • The Democacy Collaborative convened our first gathering of Native American community development leaders in a “Learning/Action Laboratory for Community Wealth Building” supported by the Northwest Area Foundation
  • Gar Alperovitz presented a keynote address at the Annual Conference of the Academy of Management
  • The Capital Institute released video highlights from a symposium entitled “Beyond Sustainability: The Road to Regenerative Capitalism”
  • Paper Provides Guide to Protecting Financial Resources for Older Adults
  • Journal of Higher Educations Highlights Anchor Institution Movement
  • Inclusive Capitalism Improves Worker Well-being While Addressing Economnic Disparity
  • Broadband Access Promotes Local Economic Development
  • European Federation of Employee Shared Ownership
  • Pear Energy

August 2013

Welcome to our August newsletter. This month’s features include:

  • Our joint webinar with the Responsible Endowments Coalition about our recently published report Raising Student Voices: Student Action for University Community Investment
  • The Committee on the Political Economy of the Good Society publication of a journal issue entitled “Symposium: Alternatives to Capitalism
  • Gar Alperovitz's New York Times op-ed
  • Report Reveals Integrated Strategies for Rethinking Urban Regeneration
  • Thoughtful Design that Focuses on Placemaking can Build Community Happiness
  • Building Local Economies Depends on Remaking Public Policy
  • New Book Advances a National Policy Agenda Focused on Equity
  • Modernizing Asset Limits
  • Community Economics Collective

July 2013

Welcome to our July newsletter. We celebrate the 237th anniversary of the American Revolution with a number of new developments:

  • The Democracy Collaborative and the Responsible Endowments Coalition (REC) will host a webinar on July 19 at 1pm presenting the findings of our jointly published report Raising Student Voices: Student Action for University Community Investment
  • Ted Howard spoke at a St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank event, entitled “Exploring Innovation in Community Development
  • We continued our work to help expand the conversation on how hospitals as anchor institutions can improve the physical and economic health of their communities
  • Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz continues his book tour for What Then Must We Do?
  • CW Interview: Kate Sofis
  • Paper Reviews Existing Knowledge of Anchor Institutions
  • Financial Cooperaties Are a Credible Alternative to Mainstream Banks
  • Study Shows that Working Renters Bear the Brunt of Housing Cost Burdens
  • Documentary Film Highlights Local Approaches to Creating a New Economy
  • The Community Toolbox
  • Responsible Endowments Coalition