Published: 31st Jan 2017

In April 2016, a group of residents in Poughkeepsie, New York, organised a summit that brought together more than two hundred citizens and organisations to discuss how community wealth building models could be implemented locally. Justine Porter, who organised the event, has written a paper to share information and learning from the event and to help other towns and cities plan their own community wealth building summit: A D.I.Y. guide to planning a community wealth building summit In spring 2015, I sat in on a lecture from Ted Howard about the Democracy Collaborative and their work alongside the Evergreen Cooperatives. As a resident of the small city of Poughkeepsie, New York, Ted’s words on the need for an inclusive approach to economic development rang true. Poughkeepsie has a population of just over 30,000 people, a poverty rate of nearly 30%, and an unemployment rate creeping towards 15% (though closer to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)