Dear Colleague,

During the last month, The Democracy Collaborative convened two powerful gatherings of leaders who are working to leverage anchor institution resources to catalyze inclusive, economic development: the inaugural Anchor Collaborative Convening and the two-year old Healthcare Anchor Network’s bi-annual gathering. More than 200 participants in these two meetings demonstrated not just a genuine interest in learning from one another, but a commitment to creating new tools and resources to accelerate and deepen anchor mission work. Read more about the work of the Healthcare Anchor Network in Modern Healthcare, Trustee Magazine, and in a new video. We’ve also released the latest installment in our Community Wealth Innovator series which captures lessons learned from leading practitioners. Read more about the work of Toledo-based health system ProMedica below. 
Fifty by Fifty—a collaborative initiative supported by The Democracy Collaborative with the goal of increasing the number of employee owners in the US to 50 million by 2050—has launched a new series focused on the intersections of employee ownership and environmental sustainability. Read the introduction to the series on the Fifty by Fifty blog. Also on the blog, TDC’s Chief Financial Officer and Director of Employee Ownership Programs Jessica Rose writes about the expansion of Cleveland’s Evergreen Cooperative Laundry, describing how expanding employee ownership provides tangible benefits for workers and offers a vision for inclusive, economic revitalization.
In openDemocracy, Research Director Thomas Hanna and Executive Director of the Next System Project Joe Guinan discuss the Preston Model in the context of building a political strategy to advance economic democracy and community wealth building. Joe also co-authored a piece with Martin O’Neill for Renewal on the UK Labour Party’s platform, noting how it builds elements of a new twenty-first century political economy with a direct focus on ownership, control, democracy, and participation. Their analysis is highlighted in The Economist and The Guardian. In May, Thomas and Deputy Director of the Next System Project Dana Brown wrote an article for In These Times on the need for a public option in the pharmaceutical industry to combat rising prices and the opioid epidemic. Lastly, the latest issue of Moon Magazine highlights the power of alternative economic visions, and features articles by me and The Democracy Collaborative Co-Founder Gar Alperovitz.   
I am also pleased to announce that The Democracy Collaborative is hiring. Review the open positions in our advisory services department here.  

Ted Howard
President and Co-Founder,
The Democracy Collaborative


Community Wealth Building in the News

  • Writing for OtherWords, Senior Research Associate Jarrid Green discusses how community-controlled land and housing strategies, such as land trusts and limited equity housing co-operatives, can advance greater access to homeownership, providing a pathway to a more just and sustainable housing system.
  • On our blog, Research Intern Megan Huynh contributed a post about the work of Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation to build wealth on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. Read the full post here
  • Kaiser Permanente, a member of the Healthcare Anchor Network, announced a $200 investment over the next two to three years focused on developing affordable housing. Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle

New from The Democracy Collaborative

Embracing an Anchor Mission: ProMedica’s All-In Strategy

Written by Randy Oostra, CEO of ProMedica, with the support of David Zuckerman and Katie Parker from The Democracy Collaborative, this report offers an in-depth look at how ProMedica—a member of the Healthcare Anchor Network—aligned its institutional operations and clinical practice to better tackle the social determinants of health. From an innovative hospital-owned grocery store in a food desert to investments in preserving affordable housing, this playbook details the Toledo, Ohio-based health system’s decade-long journey to understand how their resources could be used for the wellbeing of the communities they serve. Read the full report here.

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Healthcare Anchor Network: Caring for Our Communities

Recommended Reads

Inclusive Procurement and Contracting: Building a Field of Policy and Practice

In light of aging infrastructure and the need to increase resilience to climate change, the construction industry is poised to grow significantly in the coming years. This new report from the Emerald Cities Collaborative and PolicyLink discusses how to ensure that minority-owned, women-owned, and disadvantaged businesses can participate in and benefit from this growth. Outlining policy recommendations around inclusive procurement, the report recommends a capacity-building initiative and the creation of a community of practice to increase knowledge of how to shift spend towards these enterprises. Read the full report here.


Exploring Inclusive Recovery in US Cities

This new report from the Urban Institute assesses the relationship between economic recovery and inclusion, finding that cities that ranked high when it comes to economic and racial inclusion performed better economically while recovering from distress. The report analyzes 274 US cities across indices related to economic health, overall inclusion, and racial inclusion, and then provides lessons learned from four cities advancing inclusion: Columbus, Ohio; Lowell, Massachusetts; Louisville, Kentucky; and Midland, Texas. Read the full report here.

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Census 2020 HTC
Noting the importance of accurate census data for ensuring equitable political representation and resource allocation, the Census 2020 HTC map visualizes “hard to count” communities that might be at risk for undercounting in the 2020 Census due to low self-response rates. Developed by the CUNY Mapping Service, the map shows tracts that have historically low response rates, as well as other indicators such as limited access to internet.


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