The Municipal Playbook for Employee Ownership

Zen Trenholm (DAWI) and Kyle Funk (NLC)

The Democracy at Work Institute and the National League of Cities have developed The Municipal Playbook for Employee Ownership to assist with integrating employee ownership into municipal economic and workforce development strategies. It offers three approaches that address specific pain points faced by many municipalities:

Ecosystem Assessment Tool

Democracy at Work Institute

The Ecosystem Assessment Tool helps you analyze the ecosystem elements in your community by ranking existing relationships, current infrastructure, prevailing culture, and available resources. By assigning a score for each element, this Tool will then generate a bubble chart indicating the relative strengths and gaps of your ecosystem.

Taking Employee Ownership To Scale

Camille Kerr, Marjorie Kelly, Jessica Bonanno

On June 13 and 14 in Washington, DC, many of the nation’s leading experts in employee ownership, sustainable business and finance, community and economic development, and philanthropy came together in a Learning + Design session. Co-hosts for the meeting were Marjorie Kelly and Jessica Bonanno of The Democracy Collaborative and Camille Kerr of Democracy at Work Institute. The purpose of the session was to discuss how to achieve unprecedented scale of employee ownership by focusing on achieving an audacious goal: 50 million U.S. employee-owners by 2050. If achieved, it would make the U.S.

The Economic Democracy Training Series: Building Leadership for the Next Economy


The Economic Democracy Training Series is a joint project between the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative and the MIT Community Innovators Lab. This 10-session, 20-hour series of workshops will introduce community members, residents, youth, and community leaders to major concepts in economic development, political economy, and, most importantly, economic democracy.

Capturing the Imagination of Future Social Entrepreneurs: A Robust University Based Anchor Institution-led Development Model

Sherman Kreiner

This is an overview of the University of Winnipeg's anchor-led model for community economic development. It positions the Winnipeg model as a robust example of an anchor institution strategy, and includes a broad survey of US worker cooperative development and movement-building efforts of the last 30 years.





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