Welcome to our April Community-Wealth.org e-newsletter. This month, we have a host of exciting updates and features to bring to you:
- Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz releases his latest book, What Then Must We Do?, and an accompanying film, The Next American Revolution. In this interview with Laura Flanders, Gar discusses his system-transforming vision. Monthly Review says Gar presents “the most accurate reading of contemporary economic reality and sets the stage for what could be ‘the next American revolution.’” We hope you can join his national speaking tour that kicks off this month. Order a copy of the book now. You’ll find more on the new book and film below.
- Mark your calendars for May 8 from 4-6 pm in Cambridge, Massachusetts when The Democracy Collaborative and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT present the findings of our case study: The Anchor Mission: Leveraging the Power of Anchor Institutions to Build Community Wealth. The report focuses on the path-breaking Vision 2010 Program implemented in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio by University Hospitals. Over a five-year period, the initiative targeted more than $1 billion of procurement locally to create jobs, empower minority- and female-owned businesses and create a “new normal” for responsible, community-focused business practices in the region. Among the speakers at the event will be Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and University Hospitals CEO Tom Zenty. You can watch their presentations and others through a live streaming feed.
- Democracy Collaborative staff continue to write and place articles on a number of important topics. In an article that appeared in the Neoprogressive and Truthout, senior research associate Thomas Hanna examines how public ownership by cities and states can promote democracy, participation, pluralism, transparency, and sustainability. In The Baltimore Sun, Gar Alperovitz and research associate David Zuckerman explore how a little known provision of the Affordable Care Act provides an incentive for nonprofit hospitals to engage in community wealth building strategies. Finally, an Association of American Colleges and Universities Diversity & Democracy journal article highlights how Research Director Steve Dubb’s recent book (co-authored with Rita Axelroth Hodges), The Road Half Traveled, “examines pathbreaking practices” by university and college anchor institutions.
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Executive Director, The Democracy Collaborative
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