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New Economy Roundup: Fair Housing, Platform Cooperatives, & Creative Leadership Training

Jan 30, 2020 | New Economy Roundup

This week we’re talking about the recent win for Moms 4 Housing and community land trusts in Oakland, the year in review in the cooperative digital economy, and an intensive training for creative community building.

Stories From the Field

A Win for Fair Housing & CLTs: After being forcibly evicted and arrested for occupying a vacant house in Oakland, last weekMoms 4 Housing won the chance to purchase the home with the Oakland Community Land Trust. Wedgewood Properties, the company that owns the house, has also agreed to give community land trusts the right of first refusal on the 50 other homes they own in Oakland. Learn more how CLTs can remove land from speculative markets and create permanent affordable housing.

17 Acres, 100 Residents, 1 Resident Owned Community: With the design and financing help of NEC members Cooperative Development Institute and Local Enterprise Assistance Fund, residents of Jo-Len Village banded together to form their resident-owned community. Read how two NEC member organizations helped organize $14 Million to boost this community to control its own destiny.

Black Appalachian Young & Rising Gathering: With attendees from Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, the gathering convened 40 Black youth in Central Appalachia to discuss challenges and opportunities in the region including building regional cultural centers. Check out the recap from the Appalachia’s New Day campaign from NEC member organization the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development.

Solidarity Economies Abroad

The Year in Global Platform Cooperatives: Check out this 2019 year in review from The Platform Cooperative Consortium updating you on the cooperative digital economy, including numerous internationally based cooperatives. From Barcelona to Brazil read about the research papers, news articles, podcasts, emerging projects, and events from 2019 and into the new year

Climate Action in Barcelona: 2019 has been called the “year of climate emergency declarations,” with one in ten people on the planet now living in a place that’s declared a climate emergency. Earlier this month, we saw a striking example in Barcelona, where officials pointed to the “current economic model based on continuous growth and a never-ending race for profits” as a primary contributor to climate change, and named the development of solidarity economies as a solution in their action plan.

Feminist Agroecology in Argentina: The Gender Secretary of the Argentinian Union of Land Workers illuminates how shifting from agribusiness to agroecology must go hand in hand with recovering women’s role as caretakers of the land, the planet, and the family, at the same time as men learn to share the care work. Read how this union of 15,000 rural workers is working to uproot the gendered violence of the agribusiness model.

2020 Co-op Innovation Application

Capital Impact Partners and The National Cooperative Bank are offering their 5th annual $50,000 Co-op Innovation Award! We’re proud of all our members who are past winners including USFWC, DAWI, Project Equity, and SELC. This grant initiative funds projects educating new audiences on the impact and potential of the cooperative model to disrupt income inequality, steward community ownership, and create strong, vibrant places of opportunity. Priority will be given to food, worker, and housing co-ops, but all sectors are invited to apply for the 2020 Co-op Innovation Award Application.

Creative Community Leadership

The Creative Community Leadership Institute (CCLI), co-led by NEC member organization Springboard for the Arts, is an intensive, in-person, cohort-based training program with real-world practice for artists, culture bearers, community organizers, community development practitioners, and other leaders seeking to deepen their impact in creative community building.

CCLI hosts three cohorts per year, one each in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, with one being located in Native communities, nations, or tribal land. Applications are due March 9th, and online info sessions will be hosted throughout February.

Movement News

Podcasts of the New Economy

In this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast from NEC member organization the Institute for Local Self Reliance, host John Farrell speaks with Subin DeVar of NEC member organization the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) about the People Power Solar Cooperative in Oakland. Tune in to hear about the importance of community ownership and the potential for this cooperative community solar model to spread nationwide.

NEC on The Gram

Follow NEC on Instagram – @NewEconomyCoalition – Where we’re sharing photos and updates from our staff and board strategic planning retreat last week in Arcosanti, AZ!

Bookkeeper/Consultant/Educator, A Bookkeeping Cooperative (ABC) – Brooklyn, NY
Climate Justice Youth Organizer, Youth on Board – Somerville, MA
Communications Coordinator, It Takes Roots – Remote – Deadline Feb 1
Communication Director, The Laura Flanders Show – Brooklyn, NY
Communications Director, Institute for Local Self-Reliance – Various Locations 
Democratic Entrepreneurship Dir.. Center for Comm. Wealth Building – Denver, CO – Jan 31 
Director, Divest Ed – Cambridge, MA 
Economic Justice Organizer, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth – Kentucky
Education Team Coordinator Highlander Center – New Market, TN
Education Team Member and Youth Organizer, Highlander Center – New Market, TN
Energy Management Specialist, PUSH Buffalo – Buffalo, NY – Feb 8
Food Systems Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation – SE United States
General Coordinator, Cooperative Economics Alliance of NYC – New York, NY 
General Manager, Yellowstone Valley Food Hub – Yellowstone Valley, MT
Hinge Arts Residency, Springboard for the Arts – Fergus Falls, Minnesota – Deadline Mar 2
Lending Director, MACED – Berea; Hazard; Paintsville, KY – Deadline Feb 1
Managing Director, 18 Million Rising – Oakland, CA/Remote – Deadline Feb 28
Media & Comms Senior Associate, Regions Refocus – New York, NY – Deadline Jan 31
Media & Storytelling Program Officer, Field Foundation – Chicago, IL
Movement Storyteller, Working Partnerships USA – San Jose, CA
NEROC Admin Coordinator, Coop. Development Institute – Northeast – Deadline Feb 7
Operations Coordinator, Democracy Collaborative – Washington, DC
President, New Media Ventures – Oakland, CA
Program Manager, Decolonizing Wealth, Decolonizing Wealth Project – New York, NY
Program Manager – Grow Grants, NE Grassroots Environment Fund – Newmarket, NH
Project Manager, Racial Equity & the Dem. Econ., Democracy Collab – Wash., DC – Jan 31
Technical Support Administrator, B Lab – Berwyn, PA
Tenant Organizer, Metropolitan Council on Housing – New York, NY – Deadline Jan 31
Various Positions, Action Center on Race and the Economy – Location is flexible
Various Positions, Color of Change – New York, Washington D.C., Oakland, Los Angeles
Various Positions, Common Future – Oakland, CA
Various Positions, Demos – New York, NY
Various Positions, FairBnb – Bologna, Italy
Various Positions, Groundswell
Various Positions, Groundwork Collaborative
Various Positions, Economic Opportunity Institute – Seattle, WA
Various Positions, Institute for Policy Studies 
Various Positions, Mothers Out Front
Various Positions, NAACP Legal Defense Fund 
Various Positions, OPAL Environmental Justice – Portland, OR
Various Positions, People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) Buffalo – Buffalo, NY
Various Positions, New Economy Organizers Network – London/Manchester, UK
Various Positions, Project Equity – Multiple Locations
Various Positions, RiseBoro Community Partnership – Brooklyn, NY
Various Positions, Rose Foundation for Communities & the Environment – Oakland, CA
Various Positions, Sunrise Movement – Multiple Locations 
Web Developer, Foundation for Intentional Communities

Upcoming Events

Transit Equity Day
Check out this toolkit from NEC Member Organization, Labor Network For Sustainability’s in preparation for February 4th’s Transit Equity Day, a collaborative effort of several organizations and unions to promote public transit as a civil right and a strategy to combat climate change. (Feb 4 – Global)

LIFT Economy: The Next Economy MBA
A nine month course for entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs who want to learn key business fundamentals (e.g., vision, culture, strategy, and operations) from a regenerative, Next Economy perspective. The course will be taught online. Early bird registration before January 10th. (Feb 6-Oct 15 – Webinar Series)

2020 Sharing Economy Global Summit 
The Sharing Economy Global Summit is the most comprehensive source of education, networking and information sharing for the global sharing economy. It offers programming and resources from experts focused on trust and safety, digital identity, screening, payments and fraud prevention, data privacy and cybersecurity, compliance and regulatory, legal and insurance, product, technology and innovation. (February 5-6 – London, UK)

#BlackTrust Chuck Turner Arts & Lecture Series with Esteban Kelly
In honor of beloved Boston community member and longtime activist Chuck Turner, the Boston Ujima Project continues it’s #BlackTrust: Chuck Turner Arts & Lecture Series by welcoming Esteban Kelly, Executive Director of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives and Co-Founder/ Worker-Owner at the Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Collective. (Feb 13 – Boston, MA)

Canadian Worker Co-op Fed.: Social and Solidarity Economy and Worker Co-ops
Co-ops inevitably overlap with other movements and in this webinar we will explore how worker co-ops fit into the Social and Solidarity Economy and with social enterprises. We invite participants to come with ideas of how to better partner in these spaces for mutual benefit, and will have shared with CWCF some ideas on how CWCF can partner for the benefit of the worker co-op movement. (Feb 28 – Online Webinar)

Going Local: Hope in a Time of Crisis Festival
In cooperation with New Economy Network Australia, NEC Member Organization Local Futures is organising an inspiring 3-day event – called ‘Going Local: Hope in a Time of Crisis‘ – with a focus on bridging the gaps between single-issue activist campaigns and presenting a holistic strategy for social, ecological, and economic renewal. (Mar 20th-22nd – Australia)

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