Tag Archives: Democratic ownership

Worker Cooperatives: Origin Stories and Development Strategies

Worker Cooperatives: Origin Stories and Development Strategies
Worker cooperatives are an important part of the community wealth building toolbox, and our new report Worker Cooperatives, Pathways to Scale, authored by Hilary Abell, assesses the state of worker cooperative development in the United States and suggests key strategies and policies for scaling up its impact. The infographics below highlight some of the key taxonomies in Abell’s analysis, explaining where worker cooperatives originate from ... Read more

Infographic: Community Land Trusts

Infographic: Community Land Trusts
Community land trusts are a key strategy for helping low-income communities build assets through home ownership while mitigating the destructive consequences of irrational, speculation-fueled housing markets. By keeping housing permanently affordable, a community land trust helps reduce the displacement that can accompany gentrification when property values are climbing, and provides acommunity framework that supports residents and limits ... Read more

Contracting Out Public Services Worsens Inequality and Lowers Wage

Contracting Out Public Services Worsens Inequality and Lowers Wage
Contracting out public services—which aims to help state and local governments save tax dollars—often has a harmful effect on the community, including worsening inequality and lowering wages. A recent study, “The Decision to Contract Out: Understanding the Full Economic and Social Impacts,” finds that the savings of outsourcing varies widely and often diminish over time. The study, by Daphne T. Greenwood of the Colorado Center for Policy ... Read more

How To Curb Gentrification

How To Curb Gentrification
Crucially, CJJC’s analysis busts the biggest “development” myth: Gentrification is not inevitable—it can be prevented before it starts and stopped in neighborhoods where the process is already underway. The report proposes a comprehensive policy agenda to mitigate the effects of ongoing gentrification and prevent further displacement. “Since the government has taken such a key role in creating gentrification,” Clark says, “it can also help ... Read more