Building a community centered economy.

Building a community-centered economy.

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Welcome to the
People’s Economy Lab!

The People’s Economy Lab is building a network of leaders and advancing projects that meet local needs by putting people and places first. Our leaders are democratizing finance, real-estate, and work. They are building power in their communities, developing equitable policies, and supporting local businesses.  We are creating a community-centered economy in Seattle.

Welcome to the People’s Economy Lab!

 

The People’s Economy Lab is building a network of leaders and advancing projects that meet local needs by putting people and places first. Our leaders are democratizing finance, real-estate, and work. They are building power in their communities, developing equitable policies, and supporting small and local businesses.  We are creating a community-centered economy in Seattle.

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Meet Mo!, Organizer at Got Green

Participants

Mo! grew up in a community of social justice organizers in Chicago. Her first experience with a People’s Economy came when she moved out of her Mom’s house at age eighteen and into the Stone Soup Cooperative. Living at Stone Soup she witnessed a highly effective, democratically run organization that provided affordable, communal places to live. She began to learn about other cooperative enterprises like worker cooperatives and consumer cooperatives, and has pursued that interest ever since.

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Redefining The Economy to Meet Our True Needs

Resources

An economic system should provide a social foundation of well-being, and that no one should fall below that baseline. It also sets a ceiling of ecological damage to our planet that we should not cross. Between the two lies the doughnut itself, a safe and just space for all.

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Lessons Learned from Community Sourced Capital

Organizations

Locally based financing helps local economies thrive by keeping dollars flowing in the local economy and maintaining aligned incentives for community value creation. Community Sourced Capital, a crowd-sourced zero-interest lending platform, developed a system of financing loans under $50,000 for neighborhood businesses

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Our local leaders are transforming the economy.

Lab Leaders

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The People’s Economy Lab is made up of organizers, thinkers, and do-ers that are creating a community-centered economy in Seattle.

Take part in your local economy.

Our Initiatives

Together, lab participants identified key initiatives, evaluated for both impact and feasibility, that begin to put community at the center of our economy. In each initiative there are range of projects, from ideas, to research and development projects, to existing models ripe for replication or scaling up.

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Build Capacity

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Democratize Land and Development

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Create Community Capital &
Ownership