A new investment co-op model lets communities own and develop their commercial spaces. Though new, this model holds potential for the many neighborhoods whose business districts are decaying, controlled by distant landlords or faraway retail chains.
In this TEDx talk, Stacy Mitchell argues for a new phase in the local economy movement. She notes that there's been a resurgence of support for small farms, local businesses, and community banks, but argues that now: "What we really need to do is change the underlying policies that shape our economy."
A growing body of research is proving something that many people already know: locally owned businesses create communities that are more prosperous, connected, and generally better off across a wide range of metrics. This is a roundup of the findings that are putting numbers to the harms of bigness and the benefits of local ownership.
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Worcester Roots, Boston Center for Community Ownership, Toolbox for Education and Social Action, and Cooperative Development Institute collaborated on forming this curriculum for start up worker cooperatives.
Based on Project Equity's interview with Dan Rosenberg, founder and current worker-owner of Real Pickles, in the summer of 2014
A blog post from Cutting Edge Capital incorporating the lessons learned from marketing Real Pickles DPO.
How a small local food business in western Massachusetts preserved its social mission through transitioning to a worker-owned cooperative and using an innovative financing strategy.
Shareable's "How To Share" Library is growing collection of guides that can help you save money, reduce waste, and build community through sharing. The library features dozens of resources on housing, food, family, community, cities, neighborhoods, transportation, technology, work, entrepreneurship, travel, education, the commons, money, and more.
In this video, produced by Democracy Collaborative staff working with Softbox Films, Gar Alperovitz sketches the major institutions of a systemic alternative based in plural forms of democratic ownership, oriented around community at various scales—what he has called “The Pluralist Commonwealth.”