How a Worker-Managed Nonprofit Adjusted to Growth

By Sue Bennett, Nonprofit Quarterly
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Communities Take Development Into Their Own Hands

By Keith Schneider, The New York Times

street scene of Esters Orbit room

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Paper Knives Destroy poor peoples lives

By Tiny Gray POOR Magazine


At this point Terry’s family is literally on the street. We are trying to raise money to get them into a motel. And an attorney to get them some rights in that completely unjust, arbitrary Probate court system where the well-funded parties always take legal precedence over any kind of so-called justice. The liberation lawyers at Sustainable Economies Law Center are also working to support them and we are planning a press conference soon. 

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(Originally published January 8, 2024)

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Making Economic Democracy Work: How to Practice Shared Leadership

By Nicole Wires, Non Profit Quarterly


Can movement nonprofits create and sustain liberatory and resilient structures, cultures, and practices—and still be effective and efficient in their operations?
This question was at the center of an experiment led by the Nonprofit Democracy Network, a fiscally sponsored project of the Sustainable Economies Law Center. The experiment, called Collaborate to Co-Liberate, brought together over 200 practitioners from nearly 90 organizations across the country (and beyond) for 15 months to co-develop ways to build accountable, self-governing, and radically democratic organizations that embody liberatory visions while preserving overall effectiveness.

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(Originally published November 28, 2023)

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How Our Nonprofit Got a 40-Week Paid Parental Leave Policy

By Tia Katrina Taruc-Myers, Nonprofit Quarterly

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Excerpt: The Sustainable Economies Law Center is a nonprofit organization democratically run by staff co-stewards who are caring, trusting, and radical. Still, the proposal for a 40-week paid parental leave policy proposal was controversial. Along with my two co-workers, I helped draft an organizational policy proposal to support pregnant people and new parents.

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How to move your retirement funds out of Wall Street and into a good cause

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Why My Nonprofit Has No Executive Director

By Niloufar Khonsari, Nonprofit Quarterly Magazine

Also we don't have an ED anymore either!

Excerpt: "We researched other democratically governed nonprofits and political organizations. Although we didn’t find any that had no executive director, we learned about various ways that organizations distributed authority. Our key role models were AORTA, Sustainable Economies Law Center, and Fortify Community Health. Our work was also informed by Frederic Laloux’s book, Reinventing Organizations, which deconstructs the myth that collectively managed organizations have no structure, organization, or leadership."

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How We Converted to a Cooperative—and How You Can, Too

By Rachel Gertz, Yes! Magazine

Excerpt: If you’re converting into a coop, you’ll need to valuate the company, then sell it to the workers. This can be a complicated process depending on a ton of factors (especially if the current owners will continue on as employees of the new cooperative). So you will need to urge everyone, including your lawyer, accountant, and the workers, to make a fair conversion plan for everyone. The Sustainable Economies Law Center’s “Legal Guide to Cooperative Conversions” is a great place to start.

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Climate Adaptation: The Basics

By: by Vrinda Manglik, TheKneeDeep Times 

 

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"We believe that transforming the way we relate to and made decisions with land is at the heart of a just transition away from an extractive economy and toward a more just and life-affirming one."-Chris Tittle, Sustainable Economies Law Center

 

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(Originally published March 17, 2022.)

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Why has this housing for homeless Oaklanders been sitting empty for months?

By: Marisa Kendall, The Mercury News

From our friends at Poor Magazine

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“We have people on the street in this city, and they still refuse to open four beautiful, multi-family townhouses,” said Gray-Garcia, who goes by “Tiny.” Gray-Garcia used to be homeless herself. She planned to sleep in a tent in Frank Ogawa Plaza until the city grants the occupancy permit, but ended up leaving Tuesday night after the police showed up.

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(Originally published March 2, 2022.)

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