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Social Critic & Team Human author Douglas Rushkoff on Taking Back the Economy

Locavesting Staff | May 26, 2019

Douglas Rushkoff has been critiquing technology and social trends for more than two decades. His 17th(!) book, Team Human, weaves together the threads of much of his earlier work and asks us to rediscover our humanity in this age of technological and economic dislocation. Rushkoff will kick of ComCap19 in Detroit on June 11. We […]

Impact Investors are not Funding the Patagonias of Tomorrow—and That’s a Problem

Harry Doull | January 24, 2019

The impact investing community does not always agree on everything. But ask any impact investor who the figureheads of the environmental movement that they look to for guidance are, and they’re likely to answer “Patagonia,” without skipping a beat. Patagonia is a global apparel brand with roughly $1 billion in annual revenue and considerable environmental street […]

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The Year in Community Capital: Coops, Crowdfunding and Other Coups

Locavesting Staff | December 28, 2018

It’s been a head-spinning year. But amid the chaos, a lot of good progress was made in the community capital field.  Here are some of the top stories of 2018: 1. Coops Rising The United Nations designated 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives, but we would argue 2018 was the year that cooperatives really began […]

Two Coops Focused on Community-Owned Housing and Solar Take Root

Locavesting Staff | December 7, 2018

A pair of cooperatives aiming to put affordable housing and renewable energy in community hands made their official debut on Wednesday in Oakland, Calif. The groups, the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative and People Power Solar Cooperative, were incubated out of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), a nonprofit that has nurtured many of […]

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With a New Fund, Evergreen Cooperatives Looks to Spread the ‘Cleveland Model’

Randy Mueller | November 28, 2018

Since their inception ten years ago, the Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland, Ohio have served as a promising model of economic development in a post-industrial city. The three worker cooperatives—an industrial laundry company, a green energy services contractor, and a hydroponic greenhouse (pictured above)—collectively employ over 200 individuals, many of whom have become worker-owners. In a […]

How One Solar Company Transitioned to Worker Ownership

B the Change | September 6, 2018

Solar Company Powers Up With Employee-Ownership Program Inclusive Economy Challenge Served as Framework for Business Restructuring What is it with solar companies? They seem to be among the leaders in sharing ownership with workers—see Namaste Solar, South Mountain Company, and PV Squared, for example. The latest convert is Technicians for Sustainability (TFS), a Tucson-based solar energy installation company […]

Women-Owned Businesses Surge, Led by Black and Latina Owners

Locavesting Staff | September 1, 2018

Women are creating more businesses than their male counterparts, and African American and Latina women are driving that trend. However, women, especially non-white women, still lag in  revenue and job creation. Those are some of the top line findings from the 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, an annual report commissioned by American Express and […]

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From Breweries to Factory Floors, Worker Coops are Blooming

Randy Mueller | August 2, 2018

On a muggy June day in St. Louis, a group of eager, determined faces filled an aggressively air-conditioned classroom. It was the start of the 2018 CommonBound conference, a gathering of community leaders and activists radically reimagining how we organize ourselves economically. The crowd was a diverse mix from across the country, and they were […]

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Real Pickles: Anatomy of a Successful DPO

Kassandra Mayhew | June 29, 2018

Long before the JOBS Act and state-specific laws legalized investment crowdfunding, there was the direct public offering, or DPO, a sort of do-it-yourself IPO. Kassandra Mayhew of Cutting Edge Capital recently talked to Real Pickles cofounder Addie Rose Holland (pictured at left) about how a DPO helped the Greenfield, MA company transition to a worker-owned […]

7 Steps to Creating a Sustainability Transition Movement in Your Community

Rob Hopkins | April 21, 2018

In 2005, I was just an ordinary, low-profile guy in my thirties living in the town of Totnes, England. Like many of us, I worried about the crises endangering humanity—the rampant exploitation of natural resources, the frenetic and dehumanizing quest for profit, exclusion and widening of inequalities. It disturbed me profoundly, for example, that of […]