2023 Community Wealth Building Pilots: A Small Business Incubator for Latinx Creatives

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José Manuel Vasquez

José Manuel Vasquez grew up in South Park, the son of entrepreneurs. His parents owned a video store and sandwich shop that served as a community hub for the neighborhood.…

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NextCycle Washington is Advancing a Just Transition to a Circular Economy

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Restaurant 2 Garden celebrates winning the Community Impact Award at the NextCycle Washington March 2023 pitch competition. Source: Bridgette Pollaski, Resource Recycling Systems

The Just Transition and Circular Economy movements have a lot in common, but they’re also both missing key pieces of the puzzle. That’s why Kamal Patel–a civic and service designer…

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Building Community Wealth to Close the Racial Wealth Gap in Seattle

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"The Wedge," courtesy of Democracy Collaborative, https://democracycollaborative.org/blog/how-is-community-wealth-building-practiced

According to Movement Generation’s Just Transition Framework, each economy has a purpose, an outcome we choose to manage toward. It may be the accumulation of money and the enclosure of…

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Restaurant 2 Garden Cultivates Intergenerational Connections Through Food Waste Management

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Composting in the Danny Woo Community Garden.

The end goal of a just transition is an equitable and regenerative economy. That means an economy centered around well-being and care of all people and the environment. It means…

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Black Real Estate Development Fund Forms the Foundation for Beloved Community in Southeast Seattle

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Commercial real estate broker Pearl Nelson standing in front of the Arch Apartments in Southeast Seattle, a building he helped preserve for long-term, affordable housing through partnerships built within the CORD network.

Community-Owned Resource Development (CORD) is a coalition of over 40 BIPOC community leaders and organizations that empowers its members to advance real estate development projects that combat displacement and build…

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U-lex Cooperative Housing Aims to Help Othello Community Members Stay in their Community

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U-lex digital rendering, courtesy of HomeSight

As Seattle grows and becomes more and more expensive to live in, families and communities who have lived here for generations find themselves unable to pay rent, buy a house,…

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Meet the People’s Economy Lab Team

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Lab Leader Njuguna Gishuru and his beautiful son Gathuka at Cafe Avole in Seattle's Central District

People's Economy Lab is an ever-growing and evolving ecosystem of organizations and community leaders striving toward a just, sustainable, and regenerative economy in Washington State. The People's Economy Lab Team…

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Just Futures Project Presents Community Vision of Washington State Economic Recovery Plan

  In community listening sessions, meetings, and conversations for the Just Futures project, People’s Economy Lab Leader Faduma Fido discovered just how detached most of us are from thinking and…

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Announcing the 2022 New Economy Washington Frontline Community Fellows

People’s Economy Lab and Front and Centered are excited to announce the second cohort of New Economy Washington (NEW) Frontline Community Fellows. This year’s fellowship program is designed to support…

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