Share Ownership Share More density and diversity of local business ownership means more jobs and more wealth for more people. Cultivating democratic economic models like worker ownership, land trusts, protection of public assets, and the commons – works. Workers also have an ownership stake in the Mandela Marketplace in Buffalo, NY. View RESOURCES Additional Resources Scaling the Development of Worker-Owned Cooperatives Webinar – Andrew Delmonte, Hilary Abell, Steve Dubb Your Study Guide to the Cooperative Movement– TESA Collective A short guide from the Democracy at Work Institute on the three most common models for transitioning a company to employee ownership. Another how-to for converting a business into a worker-owned cooperative. Yes! Magazine’s report on how cooperatives are leading the way to empowered workers and healthy communities. Project Equity’s Hilary Abell, with Democracy Collaborative, wrote a report (PDF) on how to expand worker cooperatives into larger businesses that employ more people and have a greater positive impact on the community. She talks to Laura Flanders about that report here. A Community Land Trust (CLT) is a form of ownership for the common good with a charter based on the principles of sustainable and ecologically sound stewardship and use. The Schumacher Center for a New Economics provides a great list of resources on CLT. Visit United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives, the national grassroots membership organization for worker cooperatives. Examples of shared ownership work that BALLE Local Economy Fellows are involved in include the Ujamaa Food Coop Food Buying Club by the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, the Boston Workers Alliance, and this report: Growing a Green Economy for All (PDF), by The Democracy Collaborative. SHIFT CHANGE is a documentary film that tells the little known stories of employee owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces. Get your copy or host a screening in your place. The Toolbox for Education and Social Action teamed up with GritTV to make OWN THE CHANGE— a short how-to video and toolkit for people curious about co-ops. Find out how anchor institutions like hospitals and universities in Cleveland are helping worker cooperatives create green jobs in the neighborhoods that need them most. (VIDEO) In partnership with The ICA Group and the Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI), The Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) answers tough questions in these two blog posts: How can a worker co-op structured as an LLC retain earnings? How does a co-op structured as an LLC affect members’ individual taxes? What question do you have about cooperatives? Cooperative Development Institute’s Co-op Cathy has answers.