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How localities can save small businesses through economy preservation funds

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold in the US through the summer of 2020, evidence mounts that the pandemic has become an extinction event for small businesses. read more
BRESCO protest

The nation’s first “fair development” zero waste plan 

In a south Baltimore neighborhood, a powerful, youth-led coalition helped spearhead the first Zero Waste Plan developed by and for U.S. grassroots communities that want to transition from an economy of extraction to one of reuse and regeneration. read more
Public holding company

Public holding company

The effects of a local firm facing economic disaster can ripple destructively through a community. Public holding companies could take either partial or full ownership positions in distressed firms to prevent the economic and social dislocations associated with liquidation or collapse. read more
Housing moratorium

Cancel rent and mortgage payments, house the unhoused

We need to put a general pause on the housing market and then build a system that supplies housing to meet human needs. read more
Community wealth

Launch a new era of community wealth building

We must work to ensure that the response to the crisis ushers in the creation of democratic, inclusive, and locally rooted economies centered on collective well-being, local resilience, ecological sustainability, and economic justice. read more
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Video: Community wealth building in the era of COVID-19

Democracy Collaborative President Ted Howard and Centre for Local Economic Strategies CEO Neil McInroy explain how in both the United States and the United Kingdom community wealth building strategies are offering a better way forward to a post-COVID-19 economic revival. read more
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Local Economy Preservation Funds: A plan to save local businesses and create broad prosperity

In an article for Next City, we propose a way to save local businesses at scale, while also creating a more equitable and democratic economy out of the ashes of the old. read more
Owning the Future

Owning the Future: After COVID-19, a new era of community wealth building

On both sides of the Atlantic, the COVID-19 crisis poses a double challenge. Beyond the terrifying public health emergency, the vitally necessary immediate response has been an economic shutdown of unprecedented proportions. read more
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Direct action, moms and a housing crisis

How a takeover by four women of vacant housing in Oakland, California is helping drive systemic solutions to the housing crisis. read more