Topics Under Category: "Ecosystem"

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Four Ways to Create a Community-Scale Investment Fund in 2017

Brian Beckon | December 27, 2016

Community capital is about empowerment of communities. It is a set of strategies that allows ventures to raise capital from their ideal investors within their own community, allows anyone of virtually any economic class to invest in their community, and allows communities to build wealth though a cycle of investment, growth, profit, and reinvestment. Community […]

financial advisors and local investing

What Do Financial Advisors Have Against Local Investing?

Angela Barbash | November 27, 2016

I was on a panel earlier this year at the ComCap conference in Portland, discussing how my colleagues and I manage to do what other financial advisors seem incapable, unwilling, or downright frightened to do. Audience members recounted tales of bringing this taboo investment subject up to their financial advisors, only to be rebuked, scolded, […]

For Social Entrepreneurs, It’s All About The Ecosystem

Anne Field | August 2, 2016

No one operates in a vacuum. That’s especially true of social entrepreneurs. The ecosystem that social entrepreneurs encounter—everything from the availability of affordable housing to the prevalence of potential funders—can make or break an enterprise. With that in mind, Halcyon Incubator and Capital One recently published a report on the subject, From the Ground Up: Defining Social Enterprise Ecosystems […]

Can the Stock Market be Saved? Some New Ventures Think So.

Amy Cortese | June 20, 2016

From the days when brokers gathered under a Buttonwood tree in lower Manhattan, stock markets have been central to a healthy functioning economy. But these days, they seem kind of sick. Initial public stock offerings (IPOs) have been in steep decline as companies put off going public. And who can blame them? The financial costs […]

The State-Based Crowdfunding Movement Gets its Own Conference

Amy Cortese | April 11, 2016

When it comes to investment crowdfunding, the spotlight has been on the federal JOBS Act. But that overlooks the flurry of innovation and experimentation happening at the local level, where 30 states (and counting) have passed their own mini-JOBS Acts that allow local investment within their own borders. Now, the state crowdfunding movement has its […]

Seattle’s Third Place Books Has Figured Out How to Thrive in Amazon’s Shadow

Project For Public Spaces | February 27, 2016

“[Third Places] are the heart of a community’s social vitality, the grassroots of democracy, but sadly, they constitute a diminishing aspect of the American social landscape.” -Ray Oldenbur Sociologist Ray Oldenburg believed each of us needs three places: the home, the workplace or school, and beyond that, a third place – a public space on neutral […]

The Policy Behind All Those Neighborhood Ribbon Cuttings

Oscar Perry Abello | February 3, 2016

The five brothers of the Shina family emigrated from Iraq to the United States more than 30 years ago. They purchased their first grocery store, at 14424 Schaefer Highway on the west side of Detroit, in 1994. They now own and operate 14 grocery stores throughout the metro area. On Wednesday last week, their original […]

Debating The New Economy And Whether Capitalism Can be Saved

Megan Stanek | December 2, 2015

There’s a lot of talk about the new economy – including on this media site. But what does the term really mean? And what should this new economy we are creating look like? Sometimes it’s useful to poke our heads up and ponder the big questions. Megan Stanek reports on one such discussion from New […]

A Michigan Program Combines Crowdfunding And Grants to Fund Civic Projects

Ingrid Ault | November 20, 2015

The Midtown Green Alley is more than a 415-foot stretch of green space connecting Alexandrine and Selden Streets in Midtown Detroit. It’s a symbol of the community’s hopes for the area. The newly renovated alley features native landscaping, an edible garden, permeable paving stones and art installations created by local artists. And it will serve […]

An MBA Program Aims to Train a New Generation of Co-op Leaders

Rebecca Torpie | November 16, 2015

Co-ops are on the rise. There are 30,000 cooperative businesses in the U.S., which generate over $500 billion in total revenue, pay out $25 billion in wages and benefits and employ nearly 1 million people. The International Cooperative Alliance has declared this the Decade of the Cooperative and has invited the world to make co-ops […]