Supporting Local Business Viability and Transition to Worker Ownership in a Pandemic: Offering Business Owners “Exit to Community”

E2C: Community Ownership in a Pandemic Community Notes, Jun. 9, 2020 The COVID-19 crisis presents the greatest threat to community-based business in generations. But what if their employees and neighbors had the tools to get through this crisis in better shape, through an “exit to community”? This webinar presents strategies to help business transition to community and employee ownership, which …

UK and French Citizens’ assemblies on climate change seek to shape the post-COVID recovery

Climate Home News, April 17, 2020 French and British initiatives to involve ordinary people in climate policy are adapting their work in light of the coronavirus pandemic Citizens Assembly in France and the UK are moving online amid lockdowns to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo: Climate Assembly UK) By Chloé Farand As governments mull over multi-billion packages to weather the economic impacts …

Energy & Data – Benefits of Rural Electric Cooperatives as Broadband Providers

October 21, 2019 Conor May Article link For years, lack of access to modern infrastructure threatened to leave rural communities across the United States behind in the race for economic development. The large investor-owned companies that were responsible for deploying the necessities of modern economic life to cities and densely-populated areas proved reluctant to make significant investments outside population centers. Lower population …

The library is a smart city’s ‘hub for digital intelligence’

As one of the most trusted spaces and sources of information, libraries are playing an increasingly important role in smart city initiatives. Cailin Crowe, Smart Cities Dive, Jan. 27, 2020 When the founders of Library Land first decided to join forces, it was to start a PR agency — and they needed to find a good spot to meet. Instead of opting for …

Building a community: Manufactured home residents go co-op

February 10, 2020 FOCUS ON SOUTHERN MAINE COURTESY / JEANEE WRIGHT Members of Charter Oaks Village operations committee in June, after residents bought the park, from left, Shannon Staples, Steve Staples, Larry Lacalliades, Tom Lauricella and Roger Lapierre.  Share on Facebook  Share on Twitter  Share on LinkedIn  Share via Email By Maureen Milliken When residents at Charter Oaks Village, a manufactured home community on the Biddeford-Arundel line, got a …

Libraries of Things Are Boons for Low Income Neighborhoods and There is Software to Help Catalog Now

Tool-sharing innovator post-mortem uncovers systemic issues in our convenience economy Image provided by Andreas ArnoldAndreas Arnold|February 13, 2020 Expensive, hard to transport and long-lived compared with other consumer goods, tools are a good model for the sharing economy. But how do you keep tools functioning in an era of built-in obsolescence, and how can you keep a lid on staff …

Through new shared services state and local agencies and orgs can chip away at mobility needs and services, even in low-income, rural areas

Mayor Rey Leon of Huron California had the following point to add to shared mobility principles… Shared Mobility Principle 11. WE SUPPORT COMMUNITY COST-EFFECTIVE INDIGENOUS MODELS OF VOLUNTEER-BASED TRANSPORT AND NOT A COLONIAL APPROACH OF IMPOSING A CAR-SHARING SERVICE WITH A FOCUS ON PROFITS. Rural communities in the Central California farmworker communities have been ride-sharing before it was sexy. Due …

Cooperative organic ag

Vía Orgánica has developed a model that has enabled them to have a substantial impact in the region. Through establishing a restaurant, a store and a weekly street market, and sponsoring a series of classes and workshops, they’ve been able to hire 60 full-time staff and provide a decent living for more than 200 growers who are part of their …

Pueblo’s Electric Utility Commission

Pueblo, CO, Office of the Mayor,  Electric Utility Commission, Pueblo and area residents have indicated they are unhappy with the services they have received rom Black Hills Energy. The City resolves to take the steps necessary to determine the legal, financial, and operational feasibility of exercising its right in the year 2020 to provide electric utility service within the territorial …