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What We’re Reading: Educate and Empower — Tools for Building Community Wealth

The Democracy Collaborative’s new report is what we’re currently reading. We’re also excited about their free webinar on Wednesday, September 9th at 3 p.m. EDT. You can register for the webinar here:

Educate and Empower: Tools for Building Community Wealth
By Keane Bhatt and Steve Dubb | Democracy Collaborative | August 2015

How do low-income communities learn to advance economically and build wealth? Low-income communities and communities of color, in challenging structural economic and social inequality, have historically grappled with tensions inherent to development. Who participates in, directs, and ultimately owns the economic-development process? In creating and sustaining new, inclusive economic institutions, how do community members cultivate and pass on skills, commitment and knowledge—especially among those who have long faced barriers to education and employment? And how should communities strike an appropriate balance between utilizing local knowledge and accessing outside expertise? This report draws on case studies of 11 different community economic development initiatives from across the United States to highlight a diverse set of powerful answers to these critical questions.

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