Building Community Wealth through Worker-Owned Businesses

This solution addresses local capacity building in Cleveland, Ohio for local residents

Problem Description

“The Evergreen Cooperatives model is simultaneously helping marginalized communities create wealth and local jobs while providing sustainable products and services to meet the needs of local institutions. The resulting cooperatives represent promising examples of how rigorous planning and collaborative action have led to an innovative approach to business. The project team began by envisioning a range of thriving, worker-owned, environmentally sensitive businesses, which provide quality, competitively priced green services to educational and medical institutions of Cleveland’s University Circle. Since 2009 they have worked to bring that vision to life." Quote from: www.community-wealth.org/sites/clone.community-wealth.org/files/downloads/article-wang-filion.pdf

Building Blocks

Story

"Today, there are three Evergreen Cooperatives—the Evergreen Cooperative Laundry, Ohio Cooperative Solar, and Evergreen Business Services, LLC, with a fourth—the Green City Growers Cooperative—coming online in October 2011. By 2015, they envision a network of about 10 cooperatives, owned and managed by about 500 area residents.”
Quote from: www.community-wealth.org/sites/clone.community-wealth.org/files/downloads/article-wang-filion.pdf

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Solution Stage

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STAGE SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING FINANCE REQUIRED KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED GOAL
Developing and implementing5
Strong leadership, management, implementation skills
  • Policy design
  • Programme design
  • Business modelling
  • Organisational design
  • Prepare for some adaptation to implementation
MEDIUM
  • Programme funds, equity, loans, grants
HIGH
A robust and detailed case developed through formal evaluation and evidence gathering – use of a control group to isolate impact
An implemented and sustainable innovation
Activity