A growing range of practices have been pioneered by social movement activists and nonprofits to build wealth in communities through community ownership of land, business, and finance. But public policy is not always amendable to community-based forms of ownership.

What can and should be done to make public policy more conducive to a more democratic economy? That is the central question discussed in this important webinar, which lifts up stories from practitioner-experts who have helped create and implement policy to support new forms of community-based economic development at the local, state, and federal levels.

We begin with an interview with Esteban Kelly, executive director of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, who lifts up the role of policy in supporting worker co-op development in New York City, Boston, and elsewhere. We also hear from Yassi Eskandari of the Sustainable Economies Law Center in Oakland, California; Anthony Flaccavento, author of Building a Healthy Economy from the Ground Up; and Evette Roots of the nation’s first Office of Community Wealth Building in Richmond, Virginia. WATCH ON!