Cooperative Economics | "Impact-First" Investing | Transformative Leadership

Can we build together at scale? A Co-op Capital Vision

Co-op Landscape

Later today, I give a presentation to a group of Cooperative Business leaders (3 largest U.S. co-op banks (NCB, CoBank and CFC), 5 co-op capital entrepreneurs, 6 co-op loan fund/CDFIs, 2 mutual insurance cos., and 6 associations). My question is: Can we imagine and build together — across credit unions, electric co-ops and emerging co-op […]

The U.S. Shared Ownership Landscape:14 Cooperative Funds You Can Invest In

Pioneering Alternative Ownership Fund Mangers

In the next few weeks, Elizabeth Garlow and I will be releasing our first report under our new Francesco Collaborative banner. The report distills the insights from our Livable Future Investing workshop we facilitated a few months ago with 25 leading Catholic asset holders. For me, the release of this report marks the beginning of […]

Making Reparations Practical

I know this is a daunting question. I’m going to try to make it practical with 3 steps and 3 concrete invitations. Weds, April 7, 7pm ET: “Exploring how congregations might re-imagine their assets when long term sustainability is no longer an option.” with Rev. Dr. Sidney Williams – click here to RSVP and/or join) […]

Let’s Re-structure Capital’s Extractive Role: Let’s Use Co-ops

If we can re-structure capital to be in a non-extractive position, we can re-make business as an engine for human and ecosystem flourishing. As our culture evolves to more deeply appreciate the endemic nature of system oppression and ecological devastation, leaders will increasingly be looking for structural solutions.

4 Co-ops and 3 Funds Leading the US Cooperative Landscape

The US Cooperative & Shared Ownership Landscape Watch 2.5-min video narration & explanation of this map.  With the deleterious impacts of shareholder supremacy increasingly apparent, cooperatives offer a stakeholder-owned firm model. Co-ops have achieved meaningful market penetration in a few areas:  multi-family housing (25% are co-ops), credit unions (hold 10% of household savings), rural electric […]

Driver’s Seat & the Big Paradoxes of our Time

I’m super excited about Driver’s Seat because they are tackling one of the big paradoxes of our time. The explosive growth of gig work (think Uber, DoorDash, Amazon delivery) has created the promise of flexibility and prosperity for millions of people, and yet the reality is that most gig workers struggle to make even a minimum […]